Pretty sure no one had predicted, that of all the UAAP teams, the UP Fighting Maroons and the UST Growling Tigers will be the remaining unbeaten teams at this point of season. As they square off this Sunday, one will remain on cloud nine while the other will be sent back to Earth.
Confidence won’t be lacking between these squads as they both pulled off sensational victories against heavily-favored opponents in their respective last matches. The Growling Tigers carved a one-point victory over the title favorites FEU Tamaraws. While the Fighting Maroons surprised everyone when they stunned the DLSU Green Archers.
Cheick Kone vs. Karim Abdul
This should be the first acid test for Cheick Kone, UP’s bigmen. No disrespect to UE and DLSU, but Kone, in the first two games, was simply dominating everybody else inside the paint with his rebounding prowess and intimidating presence. That is of course, when he is on the court. However, foul issues have been plaguing him in the first two games. On offense, there remains to be seen in Kone as we haven’t seen him much.
Abdul, on the other hand, has been a shell of himself, the one who is a perennial Mythical Five shoo-in . As we have witnessed in the past four years (yes, this is now his fifth and final year), he could dominate on both ends of the court. So far, the Growling Tigers can afford not to have the dominant Abdul. But as the season progresses, other opponents will surely figure out this Growling Tigers squad. With that, Abdul needs to step up and return to his old ways.
We haven’t predicted that UP and UST will post 2-0 record at this juncture. Perhaps, guessing the winner of this match makes no sense as it will be as unpredictable as the story of these two teams in Season 78 so far. Let’s just enjoy the beauty and madness of this show.
TV: LIVE ON ABS-CBN SPORTS AND ACTION
TIME: 2:00 PM
VENUE: MOA Arena
Photography (featured image) by Patrick Gunnacao for HumbleBola