Friday, September 12, 2008

UAAP Season 71 Final Four: Preview

This Sunday the semifinal round of Season 71 will begin. The pairings are: top-seeded Ateneo versus fourth-ranked UE, and second seed La Salle against third-ranked FEU. To reach the finals, Ateneo and La Salle need only to beat their opponents once whereas UE and FEU have to prevail twice. Both match-ups promise to be low-scoring affairs. Ateneo, La Salle, UE and FEU are the league's top four defensive teams. The Blue Eagles lead the pack, limiting opponents to an average of 62.3 points per game. UE is second, FEU third, and La Salle fourth. I like my team's chances. Aside from limiting opposing teams to a measly 33.7 percent field goal percentage, Blue Eagles also lead the league in two defensive categories. Nonoy Baclao shares top blocker honors by averaging 2.6 blocks a game while Eric Salamat leads in steals at 2.1 per game.

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