Eagles gain Final 4

Games Thursday (Araneta Coliseum)
2 p.m. — Adamson vs FEU
4 p.m. — NU vs Ateneo

Defending champion Ateneo came through in the payoff period, beating stubborn University of Santo Tomas, 80-70, Sunday to become the first team to earn a place in the Final Four in the 72nd UAAP basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Struggling for most of the contest and bucking early foul trouble, Rabeh Al-Hussaini found enough strength to deliver in the game’s last five minutes as the Blue Eagles secured their ninth victory in 10 games and moved within a victory of claiming a twice-to-beat advantage.

“We’re happy to be in the Final Four but our goal is to get into the top two,” said Ateneo head coach Norman Black.

In the other game, University of the East derailed Far Eastern University’s bid to join the Eagles when the Warriors coasted to an 87-72 win for their sixth win against four losses.

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