Three teams—University of Santo Tomas (UST), Adamson University and National University (NU)—will be gunning for win No. 2 when the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 76 men’s basketball tournament resumes today at the Araneta Coliseum.
The UST Growling Tigers and the Adamson Soaring Falcons face each other at 2 p.m. while the NU Bulldogs collide with the University of the East Red Warriors at 4 p.m.
UST, Adamson and NU are in a three-way tie for second with 1-0 behind solo leader Far Eastern University that holds a clean 2-0 slate. De La Salle University is at fifth with 1-1 followed by UE (0-1), University of the Philippines (0-2) and defending champion Ateneo de Manila University (0-2).
The Growling Tigers are expected to bank on the prowess of skipper Jeric Teng and Cameroonian Karim Abdul. In their 63-58 overtime win against the Green Archers, Teng fired 23 points while Abdul had 17 points, plus 10 rebounds and three blocks.
Adamson is also on high spirit following a 79-67 victory over UP with Jericho Cruz posting 19 points while Cameroonian big man Ingrid Sewa contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds.
NU, on the other hand, lived up to its billing as one of the title contenders as the Bulldogs clipped the Blue Eagles, 64-54, in their opening game.
Two-time reigning Most Valuable Player Bobby Ray Parks proved his worth with 22 points and nine boards.
The Bulldogs, however, must exercise caution against the Red Warriors, who are raring to bounce back from a stinging 78-89 loss to the Tamaraws.
UE will rely on prolific point guard Roi Sumang, Ralf Olivarez, Lord Casajeros, John Noble and Sierra Leone native Charles Mammie.