ATENEO eyes a second straight win and solo second spot when the Blue Eagles take on University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 79 basketball tournament.
The Eagles are coming off a victory over winless University of the East, while the Maroons look to bounce back from a loss to
The match starts at 2 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena.
Ateneo coach Sandy Arespacochaga sees an interesting match-up coaching wise with the Blue Eagles facing their former coaches in Bo Perasol and Ricky Dandan, who were part of the team in previous years as head coach and assistant coach respectively.
“It’s going to be an interesting battle. I’m sure they are going to prepare well for us,” said Arespacochaga, who has been teaming up with Ateneo consultant Tab Baldwin in the sidelines for this season.
“The advantage of coach Bo and coach Ricky is they know most of our players. But we also know more or less how coach Bo and coach Ricky think. But there are also other coaches in their staff,” said Arespacochaga.
Ateneo enters the game tied with Adamson, Far Eastern University, and National University at 3-2.
Perasol and the Maroons, meanwhile, hope to take a win this time after narrowly losing to the Far Eastern University Tamaraws.
“Naglaro na nga kami ng tune-up game. It should be a good match up for us. I think, we both know that we could match up well with each other," said Perasol.
“Going up against Ateneo is one of those games na we need to win for UP because we need to take our standing to another level.” Perasol said.
Ateneo will lean on Anton Asistio, who picked up 21 points in the victory over UE, while UP hopes to have another brilliant game from Paul Desiderio, who had 15 markers against FEU.
With reports from Gabriel Pe