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UAAP 82: 3-0 start the goal for early leaders Ateneo, UST

Big weekend winners Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas battle for the top spot in a morning game in UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball Wednesday.

The defending champion Blue Eagles play the Growling Tigers at 10:30 a.m., followed by the La Salle-National University game at 12:30 p.m., and the Adamson-UE tussle at 4 p.m.

All games are at Araneta Coliseum.

UST scored an upset with an 81-65 rout of title contender University of the Philippines on Saturday, before Ateneo weathered a fourth-quarter rally by La Salle to win 81-69 Sunday.

After a torrid first half on offense, head coach Tab Baldwin and his squad needed to work extra hard to get buckets late. But the Blue Eagles’ defense and a step-up game by Gian Mamuyac in the fourth quarter keyed the reigning titlists’ follow-up win to its opening-day victory over Adamson.

Against the fancied Fighting Maroons, UST brandished a balance offense top to bottom — led by starter Soulemane Chabi Yo and bench player Renzo Subido — to outperform Ricci Rivero and co.

Rivero finished with just 4 points to go with 6 turnovers, while missed all but 1 of his 10 field-goal attempts.

La Salle, meanwhile, tries to build on its laudable effort against Ateneo when its newly assembled core takes on NU, which suffered a loss at the buzzer to Adamson in their last game.

Adamson looks for win No. 2 against UE, which lost its first 2 games by an average of 17 points.

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