Archers try to improve semis chances, Maroons eyeing upset and respectable finish as skidding UAAP teams collide
Coach Juno Sauler and the Archers face the Maroons and the Tamaraws in their last two elimination-round games.

LA Salle looks to breathe life into its fading semifinal hopes, while also-ran UP hopes to claim a big scalp in a bid to post a respectable finish as the two skidding squads collide on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The Green Archers take on the Fighting Maroons at 4 p.m., confident of stopping a three-game skid that has dropped them to fifth place with a 5-7 win-loss slate.

Archers coach Juno Sauler believes they are still on track for the semifinals despite a stinging loss to Ateneo, 73-62, on Sunday.

After the UP match, the  Archers get a few days off break before their final elimination-round match against Far Eastern University on Nov. 18.

“We just have to take care of business in the last two games,” Sauler said.

UP, at 3-9 and also on a three-game slide, is out of contention for a Final Four berth after its 69-75 loss to National University but is determined to end the season on a high note.

University of Santo Tomas battles Adamson at 2 p.m. with the Growling Tigers going for a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

The Tigers improved their record to 10-3 after an 85-76 win over league leader Far Eastern University that ended a two-game skid.

Adamson ends its Season 78 on Wednesday and will go for a big finish after the Falcons defeated University of the East, 74-71, on Saturday.

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