UAAP: Fiery Blue Eagles clobber Green Archers; Growling Tigers roarA lot of things have to happen for this to come true, but I want Ateneo and La Salle to face each other in the Season 74 Finals. If that isn't possible, I want the Blue Eagles and the Green Archers to end up No.1 and No. 4, respectively, after the eliminations so they'll meet in the semifinals.
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA—Ateneo easily brushed fierce rival La Salle out of the way Sunday to move within three wins of a two-round UAAP sweep and an automatic title berth.
The defending champion Blue Eagles dumped the skidding Green Archers, 79-62, and clinched the twice-to-beat Final Four bonus with their 11th straight victory in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the jampacked Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Although seven-foot rookie Greg Slaughter rode the bench almost the entire first half due to early foul trouble, the Eagles remained in complete control with superb efforts from Nico Salva, Kiefer Ravena and Emman Monfort.
Yes, I know I sound off my rocker. I'm probably the only Blue Eagle supporter who's wishing for at least one more Ateneo-La Salle games this year. But remember, the Green Archers were the last team to win four straight Men's basketball championships. It's only fitting that the Blue Eagles' quest to achieve its own four-peat should involve the squad from Taft Avenue.