UAAP Season 86 Men’s Basketball: Key Matchups and Playoff Scenarios Unfold


The UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball tournament witnessed thrilling clashes, setting the stage for pivotal matchups in the league.

University of the Philippines (UP) showcased dominance against Santo Tomas with an 86-61 victory, maintaining a solid lead throughout the game. Coach Goldwin Monteverde’s squad now gears up for a crucial encounter against National U, eyeing the top spot in the Final Four.

Meanwhile, La Salle displayed resilience, clinching an 80-70 win against Far Eastern University (FEU). The Green Archers carry a remarkable seven-game winning streak into their impending showdown with arch-rival Ateneo. A potential playoff for the No. 2 spot in the Final Four looms, depending on various outcomes and standings.

Monteverde emphasized the need for consistency as UP strives to secure a better seeding in the semifinals. He expressed the team’s focus on improvement, recognizing the significance of the upcoming match.

Chicco Briones led UP’s charge with 14 points in a brief but impactful 13 minutes and 58 seconds of play. His performance contributed significantly to their commanding win, delivering a blow to the Growling Tigers’ season.

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Santo Tomas, with a disappointing 1-13 record, aims for redemption in their final game against FEU. Meanwhile, defending champions Ateneo clinched an 80-74 victory against University of the East (UE), propelling them to a 7-6 standing.

Coach Tab Baldwin expressed dissatisfaction with Ateneo’s performance, citing a lack of focus and turnovers. Despite securing a win, Baldwin highlighted areas of improvement, especially in ball possession and rebounding.

The Eagles face a pivotal match against La Salle, potentially setting the stage for a clash for the fourth spot, contingent upon the National U-Adamson result. Depending on the outcomes, the league anticipates intense matchups and potential knockout games as teams vie for Final Four spots and advantageous playoff positions.

The UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball tournament promises an exciting culmination, with teams battling for crucial victories to secure positions in the playoffs and gain momentum for the Final Four.

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