Tigers, Maroons want these games

October 22, 2019

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas, locked in a tight battle for the No. 2 spot, go for all-important victories as they play separate foes today in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Fighting Maroons take on also-ran National University at 10:30 a.m., while the Growling Tigers face struggling La Salle at 4 p.m.

Adamson, semifinalists in the last three seasons, tries to stave off elimination as it tangles with Far Eastern University in the second game of another mid-week tripleheader at 12:30 p.m.

With defending champion Ateneo on course of making to the Finals outright via a 14-0 sweep, focus will be on the race for No. 2 between UP and UST.

The Maroons (7-4) and the Growling Tigers (7-5) are separated by just half-a-game in the race for the remaining twice-to-beat incentive in the semifinals.

As it plays catch-up with UP, UST mentor Aldin Ayo is simply looking forward to finishing strong.

“Hindi namin iniisip yung standings ng iba. Ang iniisip lang namin right now yung next two games namin. Patapos na yung regular games sa eliminations so we’re expecting na pakonti nang pakonti yung mga mali na nagagawa namin. We’re expecting na kung ano yung sistema namin, yun yung ilaro ng mga players,” said Ayo.

Ranged against the Bulldogs who are now just playing for pride, coach Bo Perasol warns his Maroons not to be complacent.

The chase for the No. 4 spot has now turned to be a three-way battle among the Tamaraws (6-6), the Green Archers (5-6) and the Falcons (4-7).