UAAP 82 By the Numbers: Crazy Final Four race ahead
Paul Lintag on Oct 08, 2019 08:54 AM
Baltazar was a beast on the shaded lane against NU, dominating dor 25 points and 25 rebounds. (Photo by Arvin Lim)
The second round of UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament just tipped off this weekend.
That means the race to the Final Four will for sure heat up as everyone will be pretty much fighting for 2nd-4th place.
The champion Blue Eagles are far and away the best team in the field and have a vice grip at the no. 1 spot.
Before things get crazier, a quick By the Numbers recap from another week of UAAP basketball.
Points AND rebounds for La Salle’s Justin Baltazar.
Baltazar was a beast on the shaded lane against NU, dominating dor 25 points and 25 rebounds.
He’s the only the third local in at least 16 years to finish a game with at least 25 points and 20 rebounds. The other two are former UAAP MVPs in Jervy Cruz and Rabeh Al-Hussaini.
Total points for UP star Kobe Paras against FEU.
Kobe is the only active player remaining to score in double figures in all of his games this season.
Paras missed two games to start the season due to injury but he’s been a walking bucket since entering the UAAP.
Total points for the FEU Tamaraws in overtime to hold off the UP Fighting Maroons.
The Tamaraws scored zero points in the final five minutes of regulation though, which allowed OT in the first place as the Maroons dropped a 16-0 run to force extra time.
Total points in the second half for Alex Diakhite and Rey Suerte in UE’s win over Adamson. The Falcons had a total of 38 in the second half.
Diakhite and Suerte combined for 55 points overall and the Red Warriors are in play for the Final Four.
Number of games separating six teams in the Final Four race. There are six games to go for each team.
UP maintains second place with a 5-3 record while La Salle, UST, and FEU are all a game behind with 4-4 records. Adamson and UE are still alive at 3-5.
The Blue Eagles are looking down on everyone with a perfect 8-0 mark.
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