Paul Desiderio explodes for 28 points as UP shoots down UE, Ateneo wins over FEU for a 3-0 start

UP Fighting Maroons 84 – UE Red Warriors 51


A lot was expected of the UP Fighting Maroons coming into UAAP Season 80.  Early into the new season, it seemed as if the Fighting Maroons still needed to get their bearings. They stood at 1-1 and found themselves falling behind the UE Red Warriors in their third game.

Down by six points to start the third quarter, UP needed someone to shake them out of their stupor. Paul Desiderio took it upon himself to get UP back on track. He faked a shot from the top of the key, drove left, stepped back and unleashed a three-pointer that splashed in. That would be the start of an incredible quarter for the UP superstar. His second trey came from the opposite wing after Jun Manzo found him on the fast break. That trey would give UP the lead in the third quarter. He wasn’t done. He curled from the left wing, got the ball at the top of the key and launched in his third outside shot of the quarter. The final three-point shot of the third period was a mirror image of the third one. He weaved from the right side as Manzo drove and got the ball at the top of the key to open up his fourth trey of the quarter.

That last three-pointer gave UP a 13-point lead, one that they wouldn’t relinquish until the end of the game. Desiderio scored 16 points in the pivotal third quarter run. He outscored the entire UE team, 16-7 in that quarter. He finished with 28 points with five treys.

ADMU Blue Eagles 94 – FEU Tamaraws 82

The Ateneo Blue Eagles were a defensive team last season. This year, they’ve shown so far a great improvement in their offense. In the first three games of Season 80, Ateneo has used a big run in a key quarter to pull away from their opponents. They combined their solid defense from last season with clean offensive execution this season. They’re one of the best offensive teams in the league scoring more than 90 points average per game.

Against the FEU Tamaraws, the Blue Eagles wasted no time getting out into the lead. They exploded for 34 points in the first quarter as their offensive sets freed up the shooters to find their range. Anton Asistio and Thirdy Ravena combined for 19 points in the first quarter. Asistio was on fire from the outside to start the game as he combined with Matt Nieto, Isaac Go and Raffy Verano to bomb FEU from the outside. Ravena was a picture of consistency, driving into the lane and getting buckets for himself and his teammates.

FEU tried to get back into the game as they were able to cut the lead down to seven points in the second quarter. But Ateneo had an answer to every Tamaraw basket. Four players finished in double figures for the Blue Eagles. Ravena finished the game with 18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Asistio scored 16 points and hit three treys. Matt Nieto added 11 and three outside shots of his own. Vince Tolentino and Go combined for 19 points.

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