NU, Ateneo face off to open second round of UAAP juniors hoops


Posted at Jan 09 2019 04:07 PM | Updated as of Jan 09 2019 04:13 PM

Carl Tamayo looks to lead NU to another win over Kai Sotto and Ateneo. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – National University (NU) plays defending champion Ateneo de Manila University to cap a four-game bill on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre, as the second round of the UAAP Season 81 juniors basketball tournament kicks off.

The Bullpups (6-1) are looking to repeat their 78-62 win over the Blue Eaglets, in a rematch of last season's finals.

Far Eastern University-Diliman and Adamson University, bunched in a three-way with Ateneo in second place at 5-2, clash at 11 a.m.

The showdown will also feature giants Kai Sotto, the 7-foot-1 Ateneo center who is leading the season MVP race, and NU's Carl Tamayo.

In their first UAAP match-up with Sotto last December 15, Tamayo tallied a double-double effort of 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Sotto paced the Eaglets with 23 points, 13 boards and three assists.

The Bullpups stayed sharp over the holiday break by winning a PSSBC championship.

In other matches, University of Santo Tomas (3-4) and University of the East (1-6) collide at 9 a.m., while De La Salle-Zobel (3-4) and UP Integrated School (0-7) take the floor at 1 p.m.

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