DE La Salle University (DLSU) looks to boost its Final Four bid when it faces Far Eastern University (FEU) in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 84 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena today, April 26.
The Green Archers-Tamaraws battle is set at 10 a.m., serving as the first game of the day’s quadruple-header.
It is a crucial game for La Salle as a win over FEU coupled with an Adamson University (AdU) Soaring Falcons loss to Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) Blue Eagles later in the day at 4:30 p.m would book the Taft-based school a spot in the semifinals.
A loss to the Tamaraws, however, would leave the Green Archers still in danger of missing the Final Four.
La Salle is coming off a 69-72 sorry loss to the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons on April 23.
“Anything is possible, we just have to stay positive, we just have to keep working hard and we just gotta take care of things on Tuesday (today). We’re still not in the Final Four yet, we just have to secure a Final Four spot on Tuesday,” Green Archers head coach Derrick Pumaren said last Saturday, when his team made a late run but fell short in the form of a Mark Nonoy missed game-tying trey.
“We just have to work and try to take care of FEU, and the most important thing is that we stay positive and how we bounce back. I keep telling them to the boys that the important thing on Tuesday is how we bounce back on Tuesday. We just have to take care of things, we still control our destiny, we don’t want other teams, other schools to do the dirty jobs for us, we just have to take care of things.”
With the Tamaraws also out to keep their Final Four hopes alive, the FEU-DLSU tiff could very well be a dogfight almost similar to their first round encounter when the Green Archers won, 75-65, on March 31.
FEU is coming off a huge 91-61 victory over the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors last Saturday, when the Tamaraws shot 16-of-37 from beyond the arc.
“Well, for a coach it’s always refreshing to have your players shoot that well, but what we really need right now is us really gaining the confidence that we need going into the crucial stage of the tournament,” Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela said.
“So, right now our focus is our next game which is La Salle. I think that’s the most important game for us for this season right now, so we need to prepare,” he added.
It is indeed the most important game yet for FEU as a loss to La Salle will put the Morayta-based team on the brink of elimination.
La Salle, AdU, FEU, National University (NU) Bulldogs and the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers are still in contention for the last two Final Four berths. In case of identical records at the end of the elimination round, ties will be broken via playoff games.
Meanwhile, UP (9-2) shoots for a playoff for the second seed when it faces UE (0-11) at 12:30 p.m. AdU (5-6) then faces AdMU (11-0) at 4:30 p.m before NU (4-7) battles UST (3-8) at 7 p.m.
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