Ateneo Aiming For Trophy, FEU Aiming For Clincher
What looked like a tight game during the first half ended up a massacre by the defending champs.
The Ateneo Blue Eagles trampled the FEU Tamaraws, 82-64, and is one game away from achieving a rare four-peat in seniors basketball tournament in the UAAP.
In the history of the UAAP basketball, only UE and UST have won four straight titles in the senior men’s basketball competition. Ateneo will look to become the third team with such bragging rights.
Nico Salva led all scorers from both teams, unleashing 24 points in a 100% shooting performance, 8-for-8 on the charity line, and 8-for-8 in field goals. Terence Romeo kept the game close for FEU, scoring 23 points. The only other Tamaraw in double digits was Russel Escoto with 12. The usual suspects Aldrech Ramos, RR Garcia and rookie sensation Mike Tolomia scored only a combined figure of 20 points, a far cry from the output they made when they eliminated the twice-to-beat team of Adamson during the playoffs.
Game two will be tomorrow October 1.
Should FEU push for the clincher, game three will be on October 4. If FEU wins it all, they will join UST as the only teams to have beaten Ateneo in the series after Ateneo took game one. As for Ateneo, they will join UE with the most number of championships won on the year they hosted the UAAP. UE won the basketball championship in the same year they were the hosts twice, in 1958 and in 1969.