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He was even owned on offense and defense by the younger, and skinnier Ricci Rivero during the last match.
Will Thirdy finally put his name in the same breath as all the true Ateneo stars by having a signature performance against their arch-rivals?
They also had what was arguably the game of the season during their first round encounter. They also have a very deep squad full of all-around players.
Coach Tab Baldwin also continually impresses by seemingly always knowing which players to sub in and out for every moment of every game.
There is so much on the line in this game, yet…None of it will truly matter if FEU wins against Adamson in the second game.
The catch, however, is that Adamson has no real incentive to win.
And UST must be thinking a lot about how Pasaol thrives in open play.
For Ateneo, they just have to go into this game as they do every game. Play fundamental and aesthetically pleasing offense. Dating back to last season, Thirdy has always seemed to be overwhelemed by the magnitude of every Ateneo-La Salle game.
The game will feature 2 of the best players in the UAAP today in Jay-J Alejandro (3rd in scoring, 1st in assists, 3rd in 3-pointers made) and Paul Desiderio (4th in scoring, 1st in 3-pointers made, 1st in self-confidence) who will do everything they can to extend their respective school’s season.
This is perhaps UP’s most important game in more than a decade, and this might also be Alejandro’s last UAAP game.
Here is why you should reserve your weekend to watch.
Expect to see a tight game between these two teams similar to their first round match-up.
They can probably even beat Ateneo 3 straight times if needed.