La Salle Green Archers, NU Bulldogs battle each other in crucial UAAP showdown
Jeron Teng and the La Salle Archers were ambushed by the Adamson Falcons the last time. Jerome Ascano

DE La Salle and National University battle in a crucial UAAP men’s basketball game on Wednesday that could determine their Final Four chances in Season 78.

The Green Archers face the Bulldogs at the Mall of Asia Arena at 4 p.m. in a featured showdown just before the league takes a break to give way to All Saints Day.

La Salle is currently sitting at fourth place with an even 5-5 win-loss record, although right behind it is the reigning champion which carries a 4-7 slate.

Both teams are coming off critical losses. The Green Archers were upset by Adamson, 74-75, last Saturday, while the Bulldogs bowed to Ateneo, 68-59, the following day.

A win by the Green Archers will move them closer to idle third-placer Ateneo (7-4), but a loss will allow the bottom half teams that include the Bulldogs, to close the gap entering the final stretch of the eliminations.

The Bulldogs will only trail by half-a-game if they beat the Green Archers, although a loss could hurt their Final Four chances on what has been a trying season for the defending champions.

In the 2 p.m. first game, Far Eastern University eyes at least a playoff for a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four when it tackles Adamson.

The Tamaraws have won eight straight games for a 9-1 win-loss slate and another victory will give them a full match lead over second-running University of Santo Tomas (9-2).

The Falcons (2-9) are looking at another upset after beating La Salle.

Adamson was toe-to-toe with FEU in their first round match, but eventually fell to the league leader, 60-64.

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