LIVE BLOG: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs UP Fighting Maroons (UAAP 82, 1st round)

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Posted at Sep 29 2019 03:15 PM | Updated as of Sep 29 2019 06:46 PM

The UAAP wraps up first round action of Season 82 with a rematch of last year’s finals.

The league-leading Ateneo Blue Eagles stake their perfect record when they face the No. 2 UP Fighting Maroons at Araneta Coliseum on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 29.

Tip-off is scheduled at 4 p.m.

The Blue Eagles essentially ripped through their first 6 games, winning by an average margin of 14.3 points. Their title core — led by Ange Kouame and Thirdy Ravena — is delivering, and head coach Tab Baldwin and the reigning champs will see whether that cohesion and battle-tested poise could get them past their retooled rivals.

Compared to last season, the Fighting Maroons have more lethal weapons this time with the arrival of Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras. They’ve lost only once in 6 games, with most of head coach Bo Perasol’s victories going down to the wire.

Can Ateneo, which boasts the league’s best defense, contain UP’s marquee names? Or will the studded Fighting Maroons find a way to derail the streaking Blue Eagles?

 

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