Philippines sportsEagles nose out Falcons, secure Final Four berth

Source: Jasmine W. Payo |

Ateneo reasserted its longstanding mastery over Adamson, 55-52, to claim solo second and secure a coveted spot in the Final Four while National University kept its hopes alive with a 69-68 victory over University of the East Sunday in the 73rd UAAP Men's Basketball Tournament at theAraneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Ryan Buenafe and Nico Salva both posted double-double performances to propel the Eagles in a highly defensive match to their 27th straight victory over the Falcons dating back to 1997.

Buenafe dished out 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Salva contributed 13 markers and additional 12 boards.

Emmanuel Mbe finished with a near double-double of 18 points and nine boards for the Bulldogs, who has a chance to snatch the fourth spot in the semis if they win all their remaining games and for La Salle to drop all of its.

The Falcons looked like they were about to snap a 13-year skid as they snatched the lead halfway through the payoff period, but the defending champions crawled back and proved to be steadier in the end game.

The Bulldogs squandered a 66-58 lead with two minutes left, but recovered with crucial free throws in the winding seconds.

The Red Warriors ended their campaign with a 4-8 record. Celest Flores 

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