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UAAP fires off July 10; Archers take on Maroons

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer



MANILA, Philippines?A game pitting season host De La Salle University and the University of the Philippines will kick off the men?s basketball action when the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) unfolds on July 10 at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The rookie-laden La Salle Green Archers, who missed out on the Final Four for the first time last year, are also slated to take on fierce rival and back-to-back champions Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles earlier in the season this time.

Season 73 president Br. Bernie Oca, FSC, said the anticipated blockbuster matchup will be played either on July 24 or 25, also at the Big Dome.

La Salle conceptualized the theme ?Heroes? for its third hosting duty, which also fires off the school?s countdown for its centennial celebration in June 2011.

?The best example of heroes for many of the universities are their athletes,? Oca said during the media briefing Tuesday at De La Salle University?s Conservatory on Taft Avenue, Manila.

?The athletes are the ones who give their all, whose goals ... are bigger than their own,? added Oca. ?And it?s through these people that we become inspired and hopefully discover that heroism is in each and everyone of us.?

Ato Badolato, who retired from coaching NCAA juniors powerhouse San Beda College last season, has been named league commissioner, while referees from the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) have also been tapped to officiate the men?s tournament.

Tickets for the Ateneo-La Salle clash will again be sold separately from the other game featured in the day?s double-header.

?It?s to provide more people tickets,? said Oca on La Salle?s decision to continue the new measure introduced by last year?s host, Far Eastern University, to increase the ticket allocation to the universities and to limit scalping.

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