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UAAP Season 72: The Case of Game One Symmetries

Don’t look now, but just after the first games of each of the eight UAAP teams we see a uniquely patterned tie in our standings.

Both Ateneo and FEU aced their first assignments for the second round, with Ateneo easily trouncing a Pari Llagas-less UE last Thursday. The Tamaraws, just today, minus Reil Cervantes, handed the Growling Tigers their first loss for the second phase of the season.

Earlier today UP exacted vengeance upon NU with a 78-76 squeaker, bringing both teams’ record to a tie with two wins and 6 losses each. And finally, La Salle found itself shocked with an upset defeat in the hands of Adamson last Thursday.

Thus, the standings look like this:

Ateneo:          7-1

FEU:                7-1

La Salle:         4-4

UE:                   4-4

UST:                4-4

UP:                   2-6

Adamson:     2-6

NU:                  2-6

The bottom three teams are tied. The middle three teams are tied. The top two teams are tied as well.

Thus, it’s safe to say that UP is at number 3. That is, tied with Adamson and NU! =)

Well, the upcoming game tomorrow will change this. Barely two weeks have passed and Ateneo will once again meet La Salle, a very early thriller game for round two. Adamson on the other hand will attempt to break the deuce it has been sharing with UP andNU by going up the Red Warriors, who is now growing hungry with a win. This time, UE will try to do it with Pari Llagas suiting up for the 2PM game.

As for a UP fan like me, I’m hoping to see a better UP Fighting Maroons prove that they’re not this season’s whipping boys. Last time I wrote a UAAP journal, I said UP is on a comeback. Well, the second round has just begun, but I’m glad they had it with them today to escape another heartbreaker. Kudos to the Maroons.

My one-word description for this season still holds, though: UNPREDICTABLE.


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