UST tries to stay perfect against still winless NU
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 19, 2015 08:38 AM
TOP AND BOTTOM. First-place UST clashes with last-place NU.
Games on Saturday at the MOA Arena
2:00 PM – Ateneo vs UE
4:00 PM – NU vs UST
Three games into the UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Tournament, defending champion National University is yet to experience victory while last season’s sixth-placer University of Sto. Tomas is yet to suffer defeat.
The Growling Tigers aim to keep denying the defending champions entry into the win column while the Bulldogs aim to be the first conquerors of the current league-leaders on Saturday at the MOA Arena.
The battle between top and bottom is set at 4:00 PM and all the action will be broadcast LIVE on ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23 as well as streamed LIVE on sports.abs-cbn.com.
Considered the darkhorse in the preseason, UST seems bent on making a statement that they are legitimate contenders. On the back of steady play from Kevin Ferrer and MVP-worthy early returns from Ed Daquioag, the Espana-based team has already downed preseason favorites Far Eastern University and early season darlings University of the Philippines.
Another victory at the expense of the defending champions will only finalize the Tigers’ move from darkhorse to contender. Still, coach Bong Dela Cruz knows this was no easy feat as he said, “Actually, mas mahirap nga ngayon kasi gutom talaga sila. We’ll just play our game.”
Hunger wasn’t enough for NU the last rime around as late-game errors allowed Ateneo de Manila to snatch away a victory right from their fingertips. More worrisome for the defending champions is the fact that, for the third time in a row, Cameroonian center Alfred Aroga was a non-factor when his team needed the most.
However, coach Eric Altamirano said that he and the Bulldogs have remained positive in spite of the ugly winless start to their title defense. “Hanggat may games, may pag-asa,” he said.
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