STREAKING Ateneo and De La Salle part ways on Sunday as the rival schools meet in the second round of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Blue Eagles and Green Archers break their tie as they seek solo third place in the standings in the 4 p.m. affair.
Both teams are currently in joint third with identical 6-4 win-loss card as they try to close the gap between frontrunners National University (8-3) and Far Eastern University (8-3).
The Blue Eagles, reigning five-time champions, have won five straight games including a lopsided 92-77 victory over the Tamaraws last Wednesday.
Ateneo coach Bo Perasol said it has been the Eagles’ defense that have pushed them through a winning run.
“Our offense is anchored on our defense. Hindi naman sikreto ‘yun. That is one thing that we need to do against tough teams like La Salle,” he said.
The Green Archers are coming off a week-long rest after putting together a three-game winning run capped by an 85-63 win over University of the Philippines last August 24.
La Salle coach Juno Sauler said the Archers’ outlook remains the same against their long-time rivals, whom they defeated in their first round encounter, 82-73.
“We just have to try to keep increasing our assists, decreasing our turnovers, shoot the ball better whether the two, three, or free throws. I know that there will be days where we will make shots but we just have to keep improving on those aspects,” said Sauler.
In the first game, FEU tries to regain hold of first place against University of Santo Tomas as the two clashes at 12 noon.
The Tamaraws share the lead with the Bulldogs after NU beat University of the East, 81-73, last Saturday.
UST, meanwhile, is fresh from its 80-67 win over Adamson last Wednesday.