UAAP: Ateneo opens title defense against Adamson
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 16, 2018 05:44 PM
UAAP 81 commences with big-time games.
Defending champion Ateneo de Manila University will be faced with a big obstacle in just its first assignment in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The Blue Eagles open their title defense opposite battle-hardened Adamson University on September 9, Sunday at the MOA Arena.
As always, the country’s premiere collegiate league will be on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD and via livestream.
The defending champions return a mostly intact core of Isaac Go, Anton Asistio, Matt Nieto, Mike Nieto and Thirdy Ravena. Already graduated Chibueze Ikeh and Vince Tolentino will then be replaced by super rookies Angelo Kouame and SJ Belangel.
Also mostly intact, though, are the Soaring Falcons who will yet again lean on Jerrick Ahanmisi, Sean Manganti, and Papi Sarr.
Ateneo vs Adamson will tip off at 4:00 PM.
Runner-up De La Salle University will then be matched up opposite Far Eastern University in the first game on September 9 at 12 noon.
Meanwhile, the Opening Ceremony will take place on September 8, Saturday at 12 noon at the MOA Arena. The University of the Philippines will then try to live up to the hype up against new-look University of the East at 2:00 PM while Aldin Ayo debuts for University of Sto. Tomas versus Season 81 host National University at 4:00 PM.
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