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Frantic UAAP Final 4 footrace

Weekend games could decide UAAP semifinal cast
By: - Reporter / @cedelfptINQ
/ 05:40 AM November 10, 2018

The four-team race for the two remaining Final Four berths heats up this weekend with La Salle, University of the Philippines, Far Eastern U and University of Santo Tomas all taking the floor at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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With Ateneo already sealing a twice-to-beat bonus and Adamson also poised to grab the same incentive, the spotlight will be on game pitting UP and UST on Saturday as well as the FEU-National U battle on Sunday.

Riding high on a three-game winning streak, the Fighting Maroons clash with the Tigers at 4 p.m. in a crucial match that could determine the Final Four hopes of the two squads.

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With a 6-6 record just like FEU, UP can put one foot in the next round, especially if the Tamaraws lose to the also-ran Bulldogs on Sunday.

The mission is simple for UST: Win to stay in contention.

The Tigers are nursing faint hopes of reaching the next round after losing to the Falcons last Wednesday.

But a victory over the Maroons could rouse them back into the battle for the Final Four, although they would still need to beat Ateneo on Wednesday for a chance to reach the next round.

The Falcons begin the weekend hostilities with a 2 p.m. duel with the University of the East Warriors, who have long been eliminated from the playoff race.

But the game is crucial for Adamson as a win will guarantee the Falcons a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs.

Although they’ve been putting in impressive performances the past couple of weeks, the Maroons will have their hands full against a desperate UST team, which hopes that rookie sensation CJ Cansino won’t be sidelined by the foot injury he suffered late in the loss to Adamson.

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“We need to win so we just have to do whatever it takes,” said a limping Cansino in Filipino after the loss to Adamson.

The Tamaraws will be up against an NU team that bombed out of contention last Wednesday following a loss to La Salle. But taking into account its up-and-down season so far, the Tamaraws may have a far tougher outing against the Bulldogs, whose youthful core has shown flashes of brilliance this season.

The battle between fierce rivals Ateneo and La Salle caps the weekend at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The Eagles can close in on the top seeding with a win against the Archers, who are aiming to seal their entry to the Final Four.

For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.

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