The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers grabbed the No. 1 spot in the first week of the Universities Athletic Association (UAAP) Season 78 with a very impressive hot start winning all their first three games in this year’s men’s basketball tournament.
The UST Tigers claimed the top stop at 3-0 and avenged their last season’s dismal performance in one of the country’s most popular collegiate basketball competition. Aside from the UST’s surprise this season, another team who made an impression is no other than the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons.
University of the Philippines claimed the second place in this year’s UAAP men’s basketball competition with an impressive 2-1 win-loss card.
UAAP’s depending champion, the National University Bulldogs remained winless in two outings while the typically competitive La Salle and Ateneo both absorbed a heavy whipping from Far Eastern University Tamaraws.
This year’s two two unexpected leaders are off to their best start in a decade with the Tigers highlighting their perfect run with 72-72 nipping of the season-favorite Tamaraws and the UP Maroons also boasting of a 71-66 stunner over the La Salle Green Archers.
During the first week of the UAAP, several players made an impact in the competition such as UST guard, Ed Daquioag who surprisingly starred in all of the Tigers’ three wins to average an impressive 24.3 points. The UST guard copped the first Accel Quantum/3XVI-UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week honor.