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This game has no real bearing on the overall picture of this season, even if UE and UST may look at it as a rematch of their “Finals” match-up earlier in the season, but UST fighting for their pride to at least have a win this season could be interesting. The league-leading, undefeated team going for the sweep and outright Finals berth against the 2nd seeded team that happens to be the defending champion as well.
Expect a fast-paced, high scoring game with possibly at least one team reaching the 100 point mark (if they make their shots). Oh, and both teams are part of the biggest, most storied rivalry in Philippine sports. They are a well-oiled machine on both ends of the court - they are 1st in Offensive Rating, and 2nd in Defensive Rating.
They also have the rapidly developing Ricci Rivero, who seems to gain more and more confidence in his abilities after each passing day.
The Green Archers also have a platoon of pesky defenders and streaky shooters that fit very well into the vaunted “Mayhem” style of play that Coach Aldin Ayo deploys.
For the second straight year, La Salle leads the league with 89.20 possessions per game, while Ateneo is last with 81.63 possessions per game.Here is why you should reserve your weekend to watch.Expect to see a tight game between these two teams similar to their first round match-up.It is no secret that UST has been a mess all season long.The coaching is spotty at best, and quite frankly, they just don’t have enough talent to match-up with the other UAAP teams.
The game will feature 2 of the best players in the UAAP today in Jay-J Alejandro (3rd in scoring, 1st in assists, 3rd in 3-pointers made) and Paul Desiderio (4th in scoring, 1st in 3-pointers made, 1st in self-confidence) who will do everything they can to extend their respective school’s season.