Bulldogs, Falcons hunt for 2nd prey

September 19, 2018

Games today

(Mall of Asia Arena)

2 p.m. – UE vs AdU (Men)

4 p.m. – DLSU vs NU (Men)

NATIONAL University and Adamson vie for a share of the early lead as they play separate foes today in the resumption of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Bulldogs take on La Salle at 4 p.m., while the Falcons clash with University of the East at 2 p.m. as the young season resumes after being suspended last weekend due to typhoon ‘Ompong’.

The postponement  could possibly be a momentum breaker for NU and Adamson, the remaining undefeated teams, especially with their impressive starts.

The break could be beneficial for the Green Archers and the Red Warriors, as they try to bounce back from their season-opening defeats.

With brothers Dave and Shaun Ildefonso leading the charge, the Bulldogs began their campaign with a 75-70 conquest of University of Santo Tomas.

Providing the opening weekend’s biggest reversal was the Falcons, who toppled defending champion Ateneo, 74-70.

Parading a young roster, coach Jamike Jarin emphasized his mantra of playing selfless basketball as NU tries to end a two-year Final Four drought.

“We need to mature fast in order to complete this season,” said Jarin. “We have to fix things and we need to get better.”

Now on his third season with Adamson, multi-titled mentor Franz Pumaren is determined his troops will  go deep this season after settling for consecutive Final Four berths.

“After beating Ateneo, I think we are marked team right now. Teams will really going to be preparing for us, probably looking forward to play against us,” said Pumaren.

La Salle ushered in its post-Ben Mbala and coach Aldin Ayo era with a 61-68 loss to Far Eastern University.

The Archers suffered a blow as Taane Samuel suffered a foot injury early in their duel with the Tamaraws and the New Zealand center will be out for a while that will certainly give  new coach Louie Gonzalez a headache.

UE began its season under coach Joe Silva with a 58-87 crushing from the hands of University of the Philippines.

Ranged against a Falcons team probably still on a high after stunning the Blue Eagles, the Warriors are hoping for a better effort and learn the lessons from their loss to the Fighting Maroons.

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