Eagles clinch Final 4 bonus; Surging Tigers boost semis bid
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Ateneo claimed the first Final Four bonus even as University of Santo Tomas shored up its semifinal bid with a 79-58 trampling of ousted National U in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Eric Salamat shone in the final quarter as the defending champion Blue Eagles turned back the Adamson Falcons, 61-52, and secured the first twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals.
“The next goal is to try to get No. 1 so that we go into the semifinals facing the No. 4 team,” said Ateneo coach Norman Black.
The Eagles remained on top at 11-1, leaving the Far Eastern Tamaraws (10-2) and the University of the East Warriors (7-4) to battle for the last twice-to-beat semifinal incentive.
With its eighth straight victory Ateneo tied FEU for the longest win streak in Season 72. Next up, a rematch against the UP Fighting Maroons, the only team the Blue Eagles have lost to so far.
The Lady Eagles tumbled to 4-7 after beating NU and losing to Adamson.
Random thought: If the NU men's basketball team is called the Bulldogs, shouldn't its women's basketball counterpart be called the B*tches?