Ateneo-NU duel ignites UAAP Juniors second round

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 09, 2016 07:36 AM
Ateneo-NU duel ignites UAAP Juniors second round
WE MEET AGAIN. The last time Ateneo and NU were on the court, they were up against one another. Jolo Mendoza and Justine Baltazar return to the court once more and they will again be up against one another.

Games on Saturday at the San Juan Arena

9:00 AM – UE vs UST

11:00 AM – Ateneo vs NU

1:00 PM – Adamson vs UPIS

3:00 PM – FEU-Diliman vs DLSZ

With the first round of the UAAP 78 Juniors Basketball Tournament ending with a bang, the second round isn’t letting itself get outdone.

Defending champion Ateneo de Manila High School takes the floor once more on Saturday at the San Juan Arena, again looking to put the first blemish on the spotless slate of reigning runner-up Nazareth School of National University.

The rematch of last season’s Finals commences at 11:00 AM.

In the last gameday of the first round, the Bullpups mangled the Blue Eaglets, 73-60, to raise their record to an immaculate 7-0. This is all thanks to the Pampanga connection of Justine Baltazar and John Lloyd Clemente which has turned out to be an unstoppable force in the tournament.

Still, Ateneo is stocked full of talent bannered by most recent Finals MVP Jolo Mendoza and Batang Gilas standout Gian Mamuyac. The defending champions remain nothing but determined to improve on their 5-2 standing and pull themselves closer to the reigning runners-up.

Virtually tied with the Eaglets at second is De La Salle Zobel who will take on Far Eastern University-Diliman at 3:00 PM.

The Junior Archers were stunned the last time around and are expected to take out their frustrations on whoever their next opponent will be. Scoring dynamo Aljun Melecio will be at the forefront of the attack against Baby Tamaraws.

In other games, 4-3 Adamson High School wrestles with 1-5 University of the Philippines Integrated School at 1:00 PM while 3-4 University of Sto. Tomas tussles with winless University of the East at 9:00 AM.


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