Sweep or no sweep? Unbeaten Eaglets go to war against streaking Bullpups

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 11, 2018 06:47 AM
Unbeaten Eaglets go to war against streaking Bullpups
An elimination round sweep is well within reach for Dave Ildefonso and Ateneo

Games on Sunday at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City

9:00 AM – UPIS vs UE

11:00 AM – Adamson vs DLSZ

1:00 PM – FEU-Diliman vs UST

3:00 PM – Ateneo vs NU

Ateneo 13-0
NU 11-2
FEU-Diliman 8-5
UST 6-7
Adamson 6-7
DLSZ 4-9
UPIS 3-10
UE 1-12

The entire elimination round of the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament has been leading up to this – and now, here we are.

The top two teams thus far in the tournament meet again when unbeaten Ateneo de Manila High School goes at it with streaking Nazareth School of National University on Sunday at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City.

Bragging rights isn’t the only thing at stake as the Blue Eaglets are also out for a clean sweep of the eliminations while the Bullpups are out to make sure that a Final Four takes place.

Kai Sotto, SJ Belangel, and Ateneo are 13-0 and need just one more win to clinch an automatic advance into the Finals.

With other plans, however, is 11-2 NU which will continue to ride Rhayyan Amsali as they try to frustrate the league-leaders.

Meanwhile, University of Sto. Tomas and Adamson High School will be fighting for their playoff lives up against separate opponents.

The Baby Falcons take on also-ran 4-9 De La Salle Zobel at 1:00 PM while the Tiger Cubs take on defending champion 8-5 Far Eastern University-Diliman at 3:00 PM.

The two teams sport similar 6-7 records and both have their sights set on the fourth and final playoff berth.

If both teams win their respective assignments, they will be pitted against each other with the fourth and final playoff berth at stake.

Same goes if both teams lose their respective assignments.

If one team wins and the other loses, of course, the winner moves on to the next round while the loser bids farewell.

The game day’s curtain-raiser will be a matchup between cellar dwellers University of the Philippines Integrated School (3-10) and University of the East (1-12).


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