UP out to clinch final four berth, NU, DLSU battle for shot at fourth seed
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 30, 2017 10:36 AM
University of the Philippines can clinch a spot in the semifinals with a win over UST, Thursday.
MATCHES on THURSDAY (Moro Lorenzo Football Field)
2:00 PM - UST vs. UP (Men's)
4:00 PM - DLSU vs. NU (Men's)
Defending champion University of the Philippines seeks to join Katipunan rival Ateneo in the Final Four as it clashes with University of Santo Tomas Thursday afternoon in the UAAP Season 79 men's football tournament at the Moro Lorenzo Field.
Undefeated in the second round, the Fighting Maroons are in second place in the table with 24, two behind the Blue Eagles, who have clinched the first semis slot after collecting 26 points.
With skipper Daniel Gadia and defender Ian Clariño back in harness after fulfilling their national under-22 team commitments, UP is looking good in the 2:00 PM match.
National University and De La Salle collide in the day's other fixture at 4 p.m.
The Growling Tigers, who are locked in a three-way race with the Bulldogs and the Green Archers, are in fifth place with 13 points.
NU is on a two-match roll, having beaten bottom dwellers Adamson and University of the East in succession to move up at 16 points.
But the Bulldogs will be tested by De La Salle, which is four points behind NU with 12.
The Archers will have to be wary of Lawrence Colina and Patrick Valenzuela, the Bulldogs' top goalscorers.
De La Salle drew with Far Eastern University, 1-1, last Sunday to stay unbeaten in the second round.
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