FOUR teams on a slump hope to change their fortunes on Thursday as they take the spotlight in the 75th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
University of the East battles National University in the first game at 2 p.m., while Adamson goes up against University of the Philippines in the 4 p.m. main game.
Currently, the Bulldogs are in fifth place with a 5-4 win-loss card, while the Warriors and Maroons are tied for sixth with identical 1-7 cards.
The Falcons are at the bottom of the standings at 1-8.
UE coach Boycie Zamar is looking for a first win in his return to college coaching after replacing Jerry Codinera midway in the season.
Zamar’s wards opened the second round with a 52-73 loss to La Salle last August 25, but are definitely looking to bounce back against the Bulldogs.
“Kumpleto naman sila sa technicalities, it’s just a matter of hitting them right in the heart,” said Zamar.
NU has lost three in a row and dropped a game behind La Salle in the team standings following the Green Archers’ dramatic 53-51 win over University of Santo Tomas Wednesday.
The Bulldogs bowed to UST, 57-58, in a heartbreaking overtime loss despite leading the Tigers by as many as 17 points at halftime.
UP got welcome news when the UAAP board decided that American player Chris Ball is eligible to play this season.
Adamson, meanwhile, hopes to break its six-game losing slide, its lone victory for the season coming behind a 69-67 victory over UP last July 29.