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Eagles battle desperate Maroons

By: - Reporter / @cedelfptINQ
/ 05:04 AM November 08, 2017

Ateneo seeks to move within a victory of an elimination round sweep and an outright finals berth as it tangles with a desperate University of the Philippines squad on Wednesday in UAAP Season 93 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Blue Eagles are gunning for a 13th straight victory in the 4 p.m. clash with the Fighting Maroons, who are trying to stay alive in the Final Four race.

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It will be an uphill climb for the Maroons, who need to win their last two games and hope that FEU does not go beyond seven wins to force a playoff for the last postseasons spot.

UP coach Bo Perasol is relishing the challenge for his squad, which could also see itself eliminated with a loss to Ateneo.

“What a way for us to end our season with a win against a team without a loss,” said Perasol, who is looking to steer UP to the Final Four for the first time in 20 years. “That’s a very tall order, but then again, we have to play. Who knows, they might have a bad game against us.”

Far Eastern U goes up against National U at 2 p.m. in a match with huge playoff repercussions.

A victory by the Tamaraws, coupled by an Ateneo win over UP in the second game, will seal fourth spot for FEU, which is a full game ahead of the Fighting Maroons with a 6-6 record.

The Tamaraws are coming off a 79-63 over University of the East last Sunday, the same day the Maroons dropped a 70-86 decision to Adamson.

“It was a good morale booster for us heading into the homestretch,” said FEU coach Olsen Racela, who got a big game from guard Jasper Parker against the Warriors.

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