NATIONAL University guns for a first-round sweep against titleholder Ateneo in a rematch of last season's UAAP juniors basketball championship on Saturday at the Blue Eagle Gym.
Behind John Lloyd Clemente and Justine Baltazar, the Bullpups are looking good even with the graduation of their key players, racking up six straight victories for the top spot.
In other matches, De La Salle-Zobel battles Adamson at 1 p.m., right after University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University-Diliman collide at 11 a.m. Winless squads UP Integrated School and University of the East clash in the 9 a.m. curtain raiser.
After bowing to the Junior Archers in the opener, the Blue Eaglets, starring last season's Finals MVP Jolo Mendoza, streaked to five straight victories to gain a share of second place.
Tied with Ateneo at 5-1, De La Salle-Zobel is proving its worth as a title contender, as Aljun Melecio is making the most out of his final year.
The Baby Falcons, meanwhile, are locked in a tight race with the Baby Tamaraws in fourth spot, as both teams hold identical 3-3 slates. The Tiger Cubs are running in sixth place at 2-4, while the Junior Maroons and the Junior Warriors are in dire need of a win after losing their first six contests.