FAR Eastern University guns for the solo lead in UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball competition as it battles University of the Philippines on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Game time is at 4 p.m. with the Tamaraws seeking to improve on their 7-1 win-loss slate and move past University of Santo Tomas for first place. Both teams are currently tied on top of the standings.
The Tamaraws opened the second round on a high note following a 66-61 win over Ateneo on Sunday but head coach Nash Racela said there is still a lot to improve on despite currently on a six-game winning run.
“There is still a lot to improve on I think, especially on the defensive end. Actually, hindi namin na-achieve ‘yung goal namin on defense (against Ateneo),” said Racela.
UP though, also needs a win as the Fighting Maroons are currently in a tie with University of the East and National University at sixth with a 3-5 win-loss slates, respectively.
In the first game, De La Salle and University of the East battle at 2 p.m.
The Green Archers are looking to bounce back from their heartbreaking 79-81 loss to UST on Sunday and improve on their 4-4 win-loss card. La Salle is tied with Ateneo for third place.
More importantly, the Green Archers hope to close in on the leaders as they are three games behind FEU and UST entering Wednesday’s doubleheader.
“There are still six games. All we need to do is play better. We are not looking at the standings at the moment. We just need to improve on what we are doing,” said La Salle coach Juno Sauler.
The Red Warriors go for their second straight win against the Green Archers following their 52-47 win over NU the last time.
While UE won over the Bulldogs largely due to defense, head coach Derrick Pumaren said he also wants his team to do a good job on offense after the Red Warriors and Bulldogs shot a combined 39-of-129 from the field.