Top four teams duke it out to open Round 2 of UAAP Juniors

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego, ABS-CBN Sports

Posted at Jan 13 2018 10:10 AM

The UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament is going back to action Saturday with power matchups among the season's top contenders. 

The tournament’s first game day of 2018 on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre will feature showdowns between top team Ateneo de Manila High School and third-ranked University of Santo Tomas, as well as second-running Nazareth School of National University and fourth-place Far Eastern University-Diliman.

SJ Belangel, Kai Sotto, and the Blue Eaglets will go at it with MVP frontrunner CJ Cansino and his Tiger Cubs at 11 a.m.

Ateneo is undefeated thus far in the tournament and owns an average winning margin in double digits. That’s not discouraging 5-2 UST, however, as it has the league’s biggest breakout star in Cansino.

Meanwhile, the Bullpups, led by Rhayyan Amsali, are determined to bounce back from a forfeiture of their win via a convincing victory versus L-Jay Gonzales and the defending champion Baby Tamaraws at 9 a.m.

NU fell to 5-2 after a league decision overturned one of its wins. Looking to take advantage of that setback is FEU-Diliman, which wants nothing more than to improve on its 4-3 standing.

In the day’s other games, Adamson High School (3-4) takes on University of the Philippines Integrated School (1-6) at 3 p.m. while De La Salle Zobel (2-5) takes on University of the East (1-6) at 1 p.m.

This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website.