Four of the eight UAAP basketball groups’ Final Four fates dangle within the steadiness with two sport dates to go within the Season 84 elimination spherical
MANILA, Philippines – With two taking part in dates left within the UAAP Season 84 males’s basketball match, 4 out of the eight groups’ Final Four fates nonetheless dangle within the steadiness as tensions proceed to swirl amid the logjam in the midst of the standings.
NU (5-7) vs UE (0-12)
After dropping 4 straight video games to start the second spherical, NU lastly took care of enterprise because it routed lower-ranked UST for a much-needed fifth win.
Now, the Bulldogs proceed their late-season rally over UE, a group they’re anticipated to beat, at 10 am to remain within the warmth of the fourth-seed race.
NU stalwarts like Janjan Felicilda, John Lloyd Clemente, and Michael Malonzo must be in tip-top form to keep away from the swing of the upset axe wielded by UE’s Harvey Pagsanjan, Clint Escamis, and the Paranada brothers Nikko and Kyle.
Adamson (5-7) vs La Salle (7-5)
In arguably probably the most pivotal match of the day, La Salle weapons for an outright Final Four berth at 12:30 pm on the expense of Adamson, which just lately noticed its four-game profitable streak snapped courtesy of one other Ateneo blowout.
The premise is straightforward. If the Falcons win, they maintain their playoff fates of their arms, and so they drag the Archers nearer to the logjam. If they lose, they get pushed to the brink of elimination whereas their foes breathe a sigh of reduction with a Final Four spot in tow.
Look for Adamson standouts Jerom Lastimosa, Lenda Douanga, and Joem Sabandal to paved the way as they fend off the abilities and hustle of La Salle stars Justine Baltazar, Michael Phillips, and Evan Nelle.
FEU (6-6) vs Ateneo (12-0)
Back in 2018, FEU was the final group to deal mighty Ateneo a stinging loss. Since then, 38 video games later, the Blue Eagles haven’t been clipped on their strategy to full dominance, and so they intend to maintain it that means with one other outright finals berth inside attain.
However, a Tamaraws victory at 4:30 pm can assure them a stronger maintain on the fourth seed that Adamson and NU can’t but get this Thursday even when in addition they win.
FEU’s three-headed backcourt monster of RJ Abarrientos, Xyrus Torres, and LJ Gonzales have been identified to make it rain on offense once they’re in a groove. Look for Ateneo’s star-less core to stop that momentum from ever swinging their foes’ means.
UP (10-2) vs UST (3-9)
Both UP and UST sealed their elimination spherical fates final Tuesday, April 26, and at the moment are simply seeking to pen blissful endings of their previous couple of video games.
Look for Zavier Lucero, Carl Tamayo and Malick Diouf to hone their offensive chops a bit additional in preparation for UP’s Sunday, May 1 showdown towards Ateneo, all whereas giving UST’s younger weapons much-needed expertise to take into subsequent season.
With nothing to lose, Nic Cabanero, Joshua Fontanilla and Sherwin Concepcion intention to go all out to present the Thomasian group one thing optimistic to hold on to as their season wraps up.