DEFENDING champion Ateneo looks to keep its record unblemished as it battles Far Eastern University in the UAAP Season 82 basketball tournament on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.
The Blue Eagles are coming off of a tight 71-70 victory over UST, and coach Tab Baldwin believes that things are about to go tougher.
"FEU is always a tough draw for us, so we just have to stay true to ourselves and execute the way we want to, both offensively and defensively," said coach Tab Baldwin.
Ateneo carries a 3-0 slate heading into the match, while FEU has a 1-1 record.
Thirdy Ravena looks to sustain his hot streak as Ange Kouame and the rising Gian Mamuyac joins him in the battle against L-Jay Gonzales and Wendell Comboy at 4 p.m.
FEU is looking to make it back-to-back wins after a 81-65 win over bottom team UE.
Meanwhile, La Salle (1-1) also aims to record its first win streak of the season when it tackles UE (0-3) at 2 p.m.
The Green Archers ushered in a new era, with Jamie Malonzo impressing in his first two games for coach Gian Nazario and active consultant Jermaine Byrd.
But Justine Baltazar is still the main man, along with veterans Aljun Melecio and Andrei Caracut, for the Archers who managed to get past NU, 83-82, on Wednesday.
UE is set to welcome back Alex , who missed the Red Warriors' 91-80 defeat to Adamson on Wednesday.
The Senegalese big man will be a big boost for coach Bong Tan and active consultant Lawrence Chongson as he gives UE an able presence down low to support Rey Suerte.