UP and La Salle Set for Historic UAAP Men’s Basketball Finals Clash

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Read about the historic UAAP Season 86 Men’s Basketball Finals showdown between UP Fighting Maroons and DLSU Green Archers. Get game schedules, team insights, and player highlights here. The UAAP FB photos.

The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons and the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers are poised to compete in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 86 men’s basketball finals – an unprecedented turn of events that has the basketball and sports community buzzing with excitement. This marks the first time these two teams will face off in the finals since La Salle joined the UAAP in 1986, incidentally the year UP won the championship.

The best-of-three series is scheduled to commence on November 29 at 6 PM at the SM MOA Arena, with subsequent games planned at the Araneta Coliseum for December 3 and on the 6th, if necessary.

Games Schedule of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Finals here:

UP Triumphs Over Ateneo, Secures Finals Spot

UP’s victory against Ateneo Blue Eagles on November 25 was a significant moment, ending Ateneo’s reign and securing UP’s spot in the finals for the third consecutive year after its historic claim of the championship crown in Season 84’s Battle of Katipunan. Led by MVP Malick Diouf and promising newcomer Francis Lopez, UP showcased a stunning comeback, overcoming a sluggish start to clinch a 57-46 victory.

This win is particularly sweet for UP, avenging their previous season’s loss to Ateneo and demonstrating their resilience and strategic prowess under the guidance of coach Goldwin Monteverde.

Watch the UP-Ateneo game highlights here:

DLSU’s Decisive Win Over NU

Meanwhile, DLSU made a powerful statement with their 97-73 win over the National University (NU) Bulldogs, marking their return to the finals after a six-year hiatus. The Green Archers’ impressive performance, featuring key contributions from players like Evan Nelle and Kevin Quiambao, underlines their readiness for the championship showdown.

Watch the DLSU-NU Game Highlights here:

Historic Final Showdown Awaits

As both teams prepare for this historic encounter, fans eagerly anticipate a thrilling series. The UP and DLSU matchup is not just a battle for the title but a clash of strategies, skills, and the spirit of collegiate basketball.

Don’t miss any of the action! Stay tuned for updates and detailed coverage of the UP vs. DLSU UAAP Season 86 Men’s Basketball Finals on GoodNewsPilipinas. Share your predictions and show your support using #UAAPSeason86Finals on social media.

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