Ateneo meets FEU, UST takes on DLSU in final eliminations match day
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 20, 2017 09:02 AM
Final Four-bound Ateneo and FEU lock horns in the final eliminations match day
MATCHES on THURSDAY, APRIL 20 (Moro Lorenzo Football Field)
2:00 PM. – DLSU vs UST (Men)
4:00 PM – ADMU vs FEU (Men)
6:30 PM – UP vs NU (Men)
University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University, already assured of Final Four berths, play for their final UAAP Season 79 men's football elimination round rankings Thursday afternoon at the Moro Lorenzo Field.
The Growling Tigers take on already eliminated De La Salle at 2:00 PM, while the Tamaraws clash with league leader Ateneo at 4:00 PM.
Defending champion University of the Philippines and also-ran National University collide at 6:30 PM to cap the final eliminations matchday.
The Blue Eagles and the Fighting Maroons, who are lording the table with 32 and 28 points, respectively, are assured of the No. 1 and 2 ranking in the semifinals, which is a knockout affair.
That leaves FEU and UST battling it out to avoid finishing No. 4, which will have Ateneo in the semis set on April 30.
The third-ranked team will cross paths with UP in the other semifinals pairing.
The Growling Tigers are at 20 points, two off the third-running Tamaraws, whom they defeated, 2-1, last April 9.
For UST coach Marjo Allado, it's all about giving their best, as the Tigers, preparing for their second straight semis stint.
"Yung puso ng UST, they never give up para lang manalo," said Allado.
Missing the Final Four for the first time in five seasons, the Green Archers, who have 15 points, hope to beat the Tigers to gain whatever the best possible finish for coach Hans Smit.
A win by UST over De La Salle will force FEU to go all-out for a win to finish at No. 3 and avoid meeting Ateneo in the semis.
A draw will also be enough for the Tamaraws to clinch the No. 3 ranking in case they ended up level with the Tigers at 23 points. FEU has huge +10 in goal difference compared to UST's +2.