Ate­neo risks un­blem­ished slate vs Soar­ing Fal­cons

Manila Times - - SPORTS - JEREMIAH M. SEVILLA

ATE­NEO De Manila Univer­sity stakes its un­beaten slate against the dan­ger­ous Adam­son Univer­sity in the Univer­sity Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines ( UAAP) Sea­son 80 men’s bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment to­day at the Araneta Coli­seum.

The lead­ing Blue Ea­gles and the Soar­ing Fal­cons clash in the main game at 4 p.m.

Pow­ered by Matt Ni­eto’s game- win­ning free throws, Ate­neo es­caped archri­val De La Salle Univer­sity 7675 last Sun­day, lead­ing to a sweep of seven games in the first round.

Ni­eto also top­scored for the Katipunan- based cagers in that huge win with 16 points while his back­court part­ner An­ton Asis­tio added 14 mark­ers.

Adam­son, how­ever, threat­ens to hand Ate­neo its first loss as the Fal­cons are bent on ex­tend­ing their four- game win­ning streak.

The Franz Pu­maren- men­tored squad notched a lop­sided 95- 79 win over Far Eastern Unive rs i t y last week to gain a share of the sec­ond spot with a 5- 2 win- loss record.

Ate­neo nailed a mas­sive 8565 vic­tory against a Papi Sar­r­less Adam­son in their first en­counter dur­ing the sea­sonopen­ing game day.

Mean­while, Na­tional Univer­sity and Univer­sity of the East (UE) lock horns in the cur­tain raiser at 2 p.m.

The Bull­dogs hope to keep the mo­men­tum from their 77- 70 win over Univer­sity of the Philip­pines, which helped them snap a three- game los­ing skid en route to a 3- 4 card.

The Red War­riors also aim to con­tinue win­ning after grab­bing their break­through vic­tory at the ex­pense of win­less Univer­sity of Sto. To­mas, 96- 91, be­hind an­other ex­plo­sion from Alvin Pasaol, who fin­ished with 32 points.

Na­tional U over­whelmed UE, 86- 69, in the sea­sonopen­ing tus­sle last month.

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