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La Salle still the favorites, insists Ateneo coach

MANILA, Philippines — The Ateneo Blue Eagles may have the best record so far in the UAAP Season 80 tournament, but even they believe that defending champion De La Salle University remains the favorite heading into their first meeting of the season.

The Green Archers stumbled against University of the Philippines last September 23, but have since bounced back with consecutive wins.

The Ateneo Blue Eagles will put their 6-0 record on the line against archrival De La Salle on Sunday. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports
This winning streak includes a 106-100 triumph over University of the East, a game that saw reigning MVP Ben Mbala score a career-high 39 points.

“Of course, they’re the favorites,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “They lost one game, but let’s face it: they’re the heavy favorites in this UAAP.”

Heading into their highly anticipated showdown against La Salle, the Blue Eagles are coming off a 96-83 victory over National University that hiked their record to 6-0. Given that the Bulldogs are also known for their pressure defense, Arespacochaga considers that game as a good preparation for the Green Archers and their patented “mayhem” style.

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/10/06/17/uaap-la-salle-still-the-favorites-insists-ateneo-coach

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