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SLIDESHOW: Ateneo-UP clash, the center of local hoops on Sunday

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 29 2019 11:50 PM

Nearly 20,000 fans assembled at Araneta Coliseum on Sunday to watch the rivalry game between the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the UP Fighting Maroons unfold.

Expected to fight for the UAAP Season 82 championship, spectators packed the Big Dome for the clash of the top 2 teams in the league in the first round.

In the end, the Blue Eagles took the first round with an 89-63 win. 

Check out some of the sights at the Araneta through the lens of ABS-CBN News photographer Mark Demayo.

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Former Vice-President Jejomar Binay and former senator Rene Saguisag with their game faces on. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

UP fans throughout the country unite. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Super Ateneo fan Sen. Richard Gordon blends in with the Blue side of the Big Dome. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

PLDT chairman and CEO Manny Pangilinan, and former foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario provide some high-powered support to their team. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Kobe Paras with the high-percentage shot attempt. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

There was no stopping Ange Kouame against UP on Sunday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Juan Gomez de Liaño tries to wiggle past tough defending Matt Nieto. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Thirdy Ravena finds an open lane for a layup. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, an Ateneo alumnus, soaks in the Big Dome atmosphere. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Ange Kouame shows his defensive prowess. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

UP head coach Bo Perasol directs his anger toward a referee. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Kobe Paras tries to finish strong to the basket. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Just as their Maroon counterparts, Blue Eagles fans came in droves at the Big Dome on Sunday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News