College basketball at its finest.
Season 80 of the UAAP is set to begin on September 10, at the Mall Of Asia Arena. This year, fans have every reason to sit on the edge of their seats as some of the nation’s premiere ballers attempt to carve out their own piece of sports history.
— GoArchers (@GoArchers) September 5, 2017
Locked and loaded. This year’s DLSU roster is designed to stretch out defenses with their quickness and scoring ability.
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Since the arrival of coach Alden Ayo, DLSU’s court approach has changed drastically. After seeing minimal results out of their toned-down textbook offensive style, the Green Archers have found more success in coach Ayo’s run n’ gun mentality. La Salle has all the firepower they need to compete against powerhouse teams, especially with reigning MVP, Ben Mbala, slashing guards Aljun Melecio and Richie Rivero on their roster.
Now, all they have to do is convert.
The Archers will go up against the FEU Tamaraws on opening day, with both teams looking to resolve the bad blood between them.
A Different Ravena
Unlike his kuya, Thirdy Ravena isn’t a built star, yet. But he’s on his way into becoming one. Ateneo thrives with their unselfish basketball system, especially without a prolific scorer to lean on – and the Jr. NBA All-Star is the best-fit player for this kind of approach.
His strengths include quick feet, a lanky body, and a wide-enough wingspan to challenge shots. Last season, he proved to be an elite defender, by putting up a body on some of the league’s best offensive players.
The young forward has a lot to learn, especially how to take charge when games go down the line. But there’s no doubting the kid’s heart, and his will to win for his team and legacy.
Ravena and his squad face the Adamson Falcons this weekend, an early gauge of each other’s abilities.
Rebuilding the Kingdom
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It’s been 10 years since their last championship, and UST has worked hard to sustain their team’s rebuilding process in hopes to win another. They did come close during 2013, where UST’s experienced lineup fell short against DLSU. Since then, the Growling Tigers have struggled to stay in the hoop spotlight.
They’re not not dangerous, though. The squad out of España just acquired Steve Akomo, a 6-foot-8 bigman scorer out of Cameroon. Akomo didn’t make the cut the last time he tried out for the Tigers, but this time he’s ready to suit up and looking to play as the team’s core.
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The UAAP houses some of sports’ best rivalries. There’s the historic Ateneo-La Salle rivalry, the La Salle-FEU rivalry, the La Salle-UST rivalry, and much more. What’s great about games with deeper, bigger stakes is that it brings out the best in players, their abilities, and their overall passion to leave it all out on the court.
That’s the best part about basketball, and the true meaning of the UAAP.