Crazy Collegiate Hoops Week

UAAP Season 84 Men’s Basketball

UP snapped Ateneo’s 39-game winning streak.

University of the Philippines handed Ateneo de Manila University’s first loss since 2018, 84-83. Blue Eagles fell short of sweeping the eliminations that will give the outright berth in the Finals.

Maodo Diouf had a career game as he finished with 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.

📷: Tiebreaker Times

FEU eliminated NU and Adamson to complete the Final Four casts. Far Eastern University destroyed the University of Santo Tomas, 109-65. Bryan Sajonia scored career-high 27 points on 7-of-10 three-point shooting.

La Salle will start the Final Four on a high note. Joaqui Manuel scored career-high 20 points for De La Salle University to end National University’s campaign, 76-65.

Cinderella-run in the second round was not enough. Adamson University fell short in the Final Four race after finishing in fifth place. Soaring Falcons kept University of the East winless this season, 76-65.

UAAP defended the officiating. Commissioner Tonichi Pujante on recent remarks of Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin and FEU coach Olsen Racela: Referees are underpaid, underappreciated, and over criticized. There is no such “perfect officiating” and even the National Basketball Association (NBA) is not spared.

Standings after the Elimination
1. 13-1 Ateneo
2. 12-2 UP
3. 9-5 La Salle
4. 7-7 FEU
5. 6-8 Adamson
6. 6-8 NU
7. 3-11 UST
8. 0-14 UE

Final Four Picture
* Ateneo with twice-to-beat advantage vs FEU
* UP with twice-to-beat advantage vs La Salle

NCAA Season 97 Men’s Basketball

Play-in tournament has started to finalize the Final Four in NCAA.

San Beda secured 3rd seed, Benilde and Perpetual to fight for the last playoff spot.

San Beda University outplayed the College of Saint Benilde in the play-in for the third seed, 63-57. James Canlas scored 17 for the Red Lions but he went down with less than two minutes left in the game.

University of Perpetual Help System DALTA eliminated Arellano University, 59-52. Kim Aurin finished with 16 points and 5 rebounds.

📷: Tiebreaker Times

Kai Sotto

Kai Sotto has declared for the 2022 NBA Draft.

After wrapping his lone season in Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL), the 7-foot-3 big man has declared for the upcoming NBA draft.

“Please pray for and support me during my quest to fulfill my ultimate dream,” said Sotto.

There are reports that Kai Sotto has been encouraged to enter the draft by NBA teams.

He averaged 7.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, shot 50% on the field, and 38% from deep in his 23 games played with the Adelaide 36ers.

📷: NBL Australia