FEU, NU Bulldogs eye solo second place, momentum heading to second round
A crucial clash between contenders FEU and NU close out the first round of action in UAAP Season 79. Jaime Campos

FAR Eastern University and National University vie for solo second place as they clash in the final day of the first round of the UAAP Season 79 seniors basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tamaraws and the Bulldogs clash at 4 p.m. with both teams owning a 4-2 win-loss slate.

FEU has been on a roll as of late, winning three games in a row after its 79-72 victory over University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday.

Tams head coach Nash Racela called the game against NU as an important one for their campaign this season.

“Tingin ko crucial ‘yun because we are all stacked up sa second place. I think if there is value to it, ‘yun ‘yon. But it’s a long season. We will just try to get as much wins as we can. We will give our best because NU is a tough team,” said Racela, wary of the surging Bulldogs balanced attack that has led them to nam two straight wins as well.

 “May balance sa kanila offensively and defensively. Maganda rin ‘yung ball sharing nila. It will be a challenge for us,” he added.

The Bulldogs are coming off an 80-69 win over University of the Philippines last Saturday. But despite the easy win, head coach Eric Altamirano cited the need to play better against FEU.

“Wala ka talagang pipiliin dito eh. Lahat, they are capable of beating anybody. FEU has showed they can beat the top teams. We have to play better than how we played against UP,” said Altamirano.

The winner will occupy solo second place behind La Salle, which swept the first round of the elimination round.

In the first game, Adamson (3-3) and UST (2-4) battle at 2 p.m. Both teams are looking to break a two-game losing skid.


Team standings: DLSU 7-0, FEU 4-2, NU 4-2, ADMU 4-3, ADU 3-3, UST 2-4, UP 1-6, UE 1-6. 

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