FEU Tams nip Eagles; Falcons trip BulldogsFEU beat Ateneo in three-pointers made (8 to 1) and rebounds (44 to 35) in a close, playoff-type contest. The Tams were steadier down the stretch, and Nico Salva missed a shot that could have sent the game to overtime.
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University wasted no time backing up its tag as tournament favorite by downing back-to-back champion Ateneo de Manila University right on its first assignment Sunday.
The Tamaraws dealt the Blue Eagles their first opening-game loss in five years, 72-69, to join the early leaders in the 73rd UAAP men’s basketball competition at the jampacked Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
The silver lining? Blue Eagle rookie Art dela Cruz, Jr. Senior must be proud.
Yes, I'm bitter, but did anyone else notice what the tournament schedulers did?
While the Blue Eagles played the Tamaraws and UE played UST, Season 73 host La Salle drew lowly UP—a team that hasn't made it to the Final Four in years. That's a far cry from Season 72 host FEU, who picked defending champion Ateneo as its first opponent last year.
The Lady Eagles had better luck than their male counterparts. They beat the UE Lady Warriors, 74-59.
I think Studio 23 should shoot a new opening billboard for their UAAP basketball telecast and have all of the players speak Filipino.
Oh, and they should replace Simon Atkins. He's a better basketball player than an on-cam talent.