UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas and Adamson clash on Wednesday at the Blue Eagle Gym in a playoff for the last spot in the stepladder phase of the UAAP Season 80 juniors basketball tournament.
The Tiger Cubs and the Baby Falcons face off at 10 a.m., with the winner facing No. 3 Far Eastern University-Diliman in the one-game stepladder playoff.
UST and Adamson ended up tied for fourth spot with 7-7 records.
The Tiger Cubs defeated Far Eastern University-Diliman, 64-62, to make it to the playoff match after dropping five of their previous six matches.
Adamson defeated De La Salle-Zobel, 75-51.
UST coach Chris Cantonjos is not satisfied with just forcing a playoff for the fourth spot as the Tiger Cubs will lean on season Most Valuable Player CJ Cansino to extend their season.
“Mas maganda pa kung makukuha natin ’yung panalo against Adamson. May time tayo to prepare for Saturday’s game,” said Cantonjos.
Ateneo clinched a spot in the finals after going 14-0 in the elimination round, while National University is at No. 2 and holds a twice-to-beat advantage in the second phase of the stepladder.
Joem Sabandal and head coach Mike Fermin are hoping to also reach the Final Four after missing out last year after Encho Serrano was declared ineligible.