DLSZ immediately puts defending champ Ateneo to the test
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 13, 2015 08:26 PM
HEAVYWEIGHT BATTLE. The two favorites in the UAAP 78 Juniors Basketball Tournament go right at each other to start the season.
Games on Saturday at the Blue Eagle Gym
9:00 AM – NU vs Adamson
11:00 AM – DLSZ vs Ateneo
1:00 PM – FEU vs UP
3:00 PM – UST vs UE
Ateneo de Manila High School opens its quest for a back-to-back championship against De La Salle Zobel in the UAAP Season 78 Juniors Basketball Tournament at the Blue Eagle Gym, Saturday.
The Blue Eaglets remain solid as ever even without Mythical selections and twins Mike and Matt Nieto who have already moved onto the college ranks. Last season’s Finals MVP Jolo Mendoza together with Batang Gilas mainstays Gian Mamuyac and Shaun Ildefonso will now be the vital cogs for Ateneo which won it all earlier this year to take home a 19th crown to Katipunan.
All eyes are also on the Junior Archers who will rely on high-scoring Aljun Melecio and battle-tested Brent Paraiso and Martin Romero. Last season, DLSZ needed a strong second round to eventually achieve a podium finish.
The Eaglets-Junior Archers match is scheduled at 11:00 AM, right after the tussle between Nazareth School of National University and Adamson High School at 9:00 AM.
The Bullpups, the titlists two seasons ago, will look to Justine Baltazar and John Lloyd Clemente to lead the way as they hope to do well even without Mark Dyke, Philip Manalang, and Jordan Sta. Ana who have already graduated.
In other games, Far Eastern University-Diliman plays University of the Philippines Integrated School at 1:00 PM while University of Sto. Tomas and University of the East take the floor at 3:00 PM.