The first day of the UAAP Season 74 men’s basketball competition started with last year’s finalists repeating over their Season 73 final 4 match-ups. Far Eastern University Tamaraws beat the De la Salle University Green Archers 74-65 while last year’s champs Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles survived the Adamson Falcons 55-51.
FEU was led by Season 73 MVP RR Garcia who topscored with 21 points and big man Aldrech Ramos (16 points 8 rebounds 2 assists 2 steals and 1 blocked shot). They negated the magnificent performance of the come-backing LA Revilla who led the Archers with 18 points 5 rebounds and 5 assists. No other Green Archer reached double figures in the game.
In the main game, Ateneo rallied from a 7 point deficit in the last 7 minutes to frustrate the Falcons who have not beaten the Eagles since 1997. Greg Slaughter dominated the shaded lane and scored 23 points while grabbing 8 boards. Only reserve guard Alex Nuyles (11 points) reached double figures among the Falcons.