LIVE UPDATES: UAAP Season 86 Finals November 29 | Inquirer Sports
logo
Close  
logo

LIVE UPDATES: UAAP Season 86 Finals November 29

/ Updated as of: 12:44 AM November 30, 2023

UAAP Finals Schedule of Games (November 29)

Mall of Asia Arena

12 noon – NU Lady Bulldogs vs UST Tigresses (Women’s Finals)
6 p.m. – UP Fighting Maroons vs La Salle Green Archers (Men’s Finals)

La Salle now the ‘hunters’ as UP draws first blood in UAAP Finals

La Salle Green Archers in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 86 men's basketball Finals.

La Salle Green Archers in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball Finals. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—If it wasn’t clear then, it is now and La Salle’s Evan Nelle knows it.

ADVERTISEMENT

Before the season even started, coach Topex Robinson already declared the competition as a jungle. Hunt or be hunted. Robinson knew that to be true even before the first buzzer rang.

“It’s either you’re the hunter or the hunted. You’ll never know who’s the hunter and hunted here,” said the Green Archers coach before.

FEATURED STORIES

Video: WATCH: La Salle’s Evan Nelle after losing Game 1 of the Finals

UAAP Finals: What was on UP rookie Francis Lopez’s arm in Game 1?

UP Fighting Maroons' Francis Lopez in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 86 men's basketball finals.

UP Fighting Maroons’ Francis Lopez in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball finals. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—There was something different about University of the Philippines’ Francis Lopez in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 86 Finals against La Salle.

Lopez wore his usual accessories under his jersey but a black armband was seen on his left arm; something that hasn’t been seen in his arm for the entire season.

However, it wasn’t a symbol to commemorate any events. It was something essential.

UAAP Finals: Harold Alarcon uses last season’s title loss to lead UP win

Harold Alarcon UP UAAP Finals

UP guard Harold Alarcon.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — Fueled by last season’s finals heartbreak, Harold Alarcon delivered for University of the Philippines in a dominant Finals Game 1 win over La Salle to move closer to reclaiming the UAAP crown.

ADVERTISEMENT

Alarcon, who was one of the few holdovers from last year’s runner-up team, admitted that he can still feel the pain of their tough Game 3 loss to Ateneo.

“The pain is still there from last season. But we just have to keep the fire burning when you experience such [heartbreaking] loss,” Alarcon told Inquirer Sports in Filipino after rising to the occasion in their 97-67 rout of La Salle on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.

Kevin Quiambao ‘surprised’ by UP defense, takes blame for La Salle loss

Kevin Quiambao La Salle UAAP Finals

La Salle’s Kevin Quiambao fights for the loose ball in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball Finals against UP.-MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — Kevin Quiambao admitted La Salle got caught off guard by the University of the Philippines in their blowout loss in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball Finals on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.

Just hours after he was named the Season Most Valuable Player, Quiambao wasn’t his usual self being limited to 11 points, six rebounds, and three assists. He was also a minus 22 in La Salle’s 97-67 defeat.

Photos: UAAP Finals Game 1–La Salle Green Archers vs UP Fighting Maroons

UP dominates La Salle in Game 1, 97-67, inching closer to the UAAP Season 86 men's basketball crown, on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at Mall of Asia Arena. Photos: Marlo Cueto/INQUIRER.net #UAAPSeason86

Posted by Inquirer Sports on Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Video: La Salle coach Topex Robinson and Mike Phillips

La Salle coach Topex Robinson and Mike Phillips vow to bounce back in Game 2. #UAAPSeason86

Posted by Inquirer Sports on Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Video: UP coach Goldwin Monteverde, Francis Lopez, and Harold Alarcon after Game 1 win

UP coach Goldwin Monteverde, Francis Lopez, and Harold Alarcon after dominating La Salle in Game 1. #UAAPSeason86

Posted by Inquirer Sports on Wednesday, November 29, 2023

UAAP Finals: UP dominates La Salle in Game 1

Francis Lopez UP vs La Salle UAAP Finals

UP rookie Francis Lopez hangs on the rim during Game 1 of the UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball Finals against La Salle.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — Banking on experience, University of the Philippines turned the UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball Finals into its own playground after dominating La Salle, 97-67, in the title opener on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Fighting Maroons, who are in their third straight Finals, pulled away in the third quarter behind Francis Lopez and Harold Alarcon, who combined for 17 points.

Score: La Salle Green Archers vs NU Bulldogs

Watch: Fans fill MOA Arena to the brim for the UAAP Finals

Fans from both the La Salle and the UP side slowly fill the brim at Mall of Asia Arena

WATCH: Fans from both the La Salle and the UP side slowly fill the brim at Mall of Asia Arena prior to Game 1 of the #UAAPSeason86 Finals. | via Melo Fuertes, Inquirer Sports

Posted by Inquirer Sports on Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Video: UST coach Haydee Ong, Kent Pastrana, Tacky Tacatac, and Tantoy Ferrer

UST coach Haydee Ong, Kent Pastrana, Tacky Tacatac, and Tantoy Ferrer after beating NU in Finals Game 1. #UAAPSeason86

Posted by Inquirer Sports on Tuesday, November 28, 2023

UAAP Finals: UP, coach Goldwin brace for ‘peaking’ La Salle

UP coach Goldwin Monteverde.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

UP coach Goldwin Monteverde.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines Coach Goldwin Monteverde arrived at Mall of Asia Arena with a sense of urgency for Game 1 of the UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball tournament.

At 4 pm, JD Cagulangan, Malick Diouf and Francis Lopez were already at the court minutes before Monteverde arrived at 4:23 but the coach didn’t go straight to his Fighting Maroons.

Instead, he took a few seconds to look at the players on the other side of the court; the Green Archers.

UST stuns NU in Game 1 to close in UAAP women’s basketball title

UST Tigresses' Kent Pastrana and Reynalymn Ferrer in Game 1 of the UAAP women's basketball Finals.

UST Tigresses’ Kent Pastrana and Reynalymn Ferrer in Game 1 of the UAAP women’s basketball Finals. –Marlo Cueto/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — University of Santo Tomas picked the perfect time to end an 11-year losing streak to defending champion National University as it inched a win closer to claiming the UAAP Season 86 women’s basketball championship with a 76-72 victory in Game 1 on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Growling Tigresses weathered the late comeback attempt of the Lady Bulldogs, who erased a 73-65 deficit as Aloja Betanio’s triple and Stef Berberabe’s 3-of-4 trip from the line turned it into a two-point game, 73-71, with 1:10 remaining.

La Salle’s Kevin Quiambao is first local to win UAAP MVP in 8 years

Kevin Quiambao La Salle UAAP

La Salle forward Kevin Quiambao.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — Kevin Quiambao became the first local UAAP Most Valuable Player in eight years after topping the statistical race in the Season 86 men’s basketball tournament.

After a stellar sophomore year, the La Salle star is set to be crowned as the Season MVP in Game 2 of the Finals on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Quiambao, who led the Green Archers’ return to the finals after a six-year drought, was the runaway statistical leader with 97.0 Statistical Points (SPs) way ahead of University of the East guard Noy Remogat, who tallied 85.93 SPs.

JUST IN: Kevin Quiambao is the UAAP Season 86 Most Valuable Player. | via Lance Agcaoili, Inquirer SportsRead more: https://inqnews.net/UAAPMVP

Posted by Inquirer Sports on Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Ateneo’s Kacey Dela Rosa wins UAAP women’s basketball MVP

Kacey Dela Rosa Ateneo UAAP MVP

Ateneo’s Kacey Dela Rosa.–UAAP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Kacey Dela Rosa became the Ateneo Blue Eagles’ first UAAP women’s basketball Most Valuable Player in 16 years.

The sophomore center topped the statistical race to capture the top individual award in the Season 86 women’s basketball tournament with 83.86 statistical points (SPs), edging runner-up Josee Kaputu of Far Eastern University, who garnered 82.0 SPs.

JUST IN: Kacey Dela Rosa is the UAAP Season 86 Women’s MVP. | via Lance Agcaoili, Inquirer SportsRead more: https://inqnews.net/UAAPWomensMVP

Posted by Inquirer Sports on Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Maroons, Archers set out to win Game 1 to gain ‘twice-to-beat’ edge for crown

In a short series such as the UAAP Finals, Maroons, Archers set out to win Game 1and gain ‘twice-to-beat’ edge for crown

Kevin Quiambao of La Salle (left) looks to polish off an MVP-like season with a crown, while CJ Cansino seeks a second championship with the Maroons. —PHOTOS BY AUGUST DELA CRUZ.

In a championship series that can be considered a sprint race more than anything else, there will be no doubt that University of the Philippines (UP) and La Salle will be looking to draw first blood whatever way possible.

“There’s definitely an advantage in winning Game 1,” La Salle coach Topex Robinson told the Inquirer after preparing his Green Archers long and hard on Tuesday afternoon. “Winning the first game makes you have a twice-to-beat edge to win (the championship). So, yeah, this is big.”

The Fighting Maroons will be coming into the series-opener with an advantage in championship experience, having made it here for the third straight season and winning it all two seasons ago.

UAAP: La Salle greats heap praise at ‘one of a kind’ Kevin Quiambao

Kevin Quiambao La Salle UAAP

La Salle big man Kevin Quiambao.–MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — Former La Salle players and coach Aldin Ayo are nothing short of impressed with the play of Green Archers star Kevin Quiambao, who is on his way to becoming the first local MVP in the UAAP since 2015.

Renren Ritualo, a key member of La Salle’s “four-peat” team from 1998 to 2001, believes Quiambao’s two triple-doubles in the season — the most by a player in the Final Four era — already separates him from the rest of the league.

“How could I describe him? It’s my first time to see a player tallying a triple-double in the UAAP. Even in the PBA, it’s really hard to do that feat, especially in the collegiate and amateur. It’s only 40 minutes and he made it look so easy, his triple-doubles, did it twice. It’s really impressive,” said Ritualo during the ring ceremony of the ‘four-peat’ and 2016 teams on Monday.

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: UAAP Season 86
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2024 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.