UAAP Final Four - updates

Rappler's latest stories on UAAP Final Four


Abroad or on the road, people go to great lengths to witness UAAP Finals game

Dec 01, 2018 - 10:40 PM

People in buses, campuses, malls, and places abroad tune in to watch Game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 Finals

Heartbreak rejected: U.P. makes dream come to life

Nov 29, 2018 - 12:19 PM

It's the beginning of a new era, one where the UP Fighting Maroons have undisputedly secured their place amongst college basketball’s elite

GAME HERO. Paul Desiderio celebrates after salvaging the UP Fighting Maroons' season. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Emotions come full show in U.P. viewing parties

Nov 28, 2018 - 9:02 PM

Students of the University of the Philippines hold viewing parties and cheer their hearts out for the Fighting Maroons

UP FIGHT. University of the Philippines students celebrate the win of UP Fighting Maroons over Adamson Soaring Falcons in a Do or Die basketball game match on November 28. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

#AtinTwo: U.P. Maroons nail first UAAP Finals berth in 32 years

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:41 PM

(3RD UPDATE) The UP Fighting Maroons outlast the Adamson Falcons in a do-or-die Final Four overtime thriller

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Adamson vs U.P. – UAAP Season 81 Final Four Game 2

Nov 28, 2018 - 12:17 PM

This is the perfect picture of how crazy this season has become – an Adamson-UP game is now the hottest thing in Philippine basketball

EYE ON THE PRIZE. Paul Desiderio's UP Maroons and Sean Manganti's Adamson Falcons fight for the right to face the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the UAAP Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Adamson vs U.P. – UAAP Season 81 Final Four Game 2

Nov 27, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Only one team will emerge victorious in ending its UAAP finals drought on Wednesday, November 28, 3:30 pm at the Araneta Coliseum

Ateneo steamrolls FEU, clinches 3rd straight UAAP Finals berth

Nov 25, 2018 - 6:13 PM

(UPDATED) Unforgiving from the get-go, the Blue Eagles overwhelm the Tamaraws to march to their 12th UAAP Finals in 18 years

UNSTOPPABLE. There's still no stopping Thirdy Ravena and the Ateneo Blue Eagles in their quest for back-to-back crowns. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Ateneo vs FEU – UAAP Season 81 Final Four Game 1

Nov 25, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Ateneo and FEU clash in the UAAP Final Four for the fourth straight season, but the Blue Eagles aim for a quick finish this time

UAAP81 Mens Basketball ADMU vs FEU 10-20-2018. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Racela expects Ateneo’s Kouame to be a ‘headache’ for FEU

Nov 25, 2018 - 11:45 AM

The Tamaraws still remember how the Ivorian center bullied them with a monstrous double-double of 33 points and 27 rebounds

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Ateneo vs FEU – UAAP Season 81 Final Four Game 1

Nov 25, 2018 - 8:56 AM

Ateneo vies for a third straight UAAP Finals stint, but if there’s any team that proved to be a survivor all season, it’s definitely FEU

Impossible to reality: U.P.'s title dream gets closer than ever

Nov 25, 2018 - 12:35 AM

One more win and the UP Fighting Maroons' incredible ride goes further

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Atin 'to: Paul Desiderio thrills U.P. faithful yet again

Nov 24, 2018 - 10:57 PM

With 5.5 ticks left in the game, Paul Desiderio sinks a clutch basket to keep the UP Maroons in the thick of the fight

'ATIN TO'. Paul Desiderio captains his team to the win over the Adamson Soaring Falcons. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Maroons repay massive U.P. crowd with long-awaited win vs Adamson

Nov 24, 2018 - 9:41 PM

For coach Bo Perasol, it feels unacceptable to hand that sea of maroon a season-ending loss

ALL OUT. The UP faithful came in droves to cheer for the gutsy Fighting Maroons. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Adamson keeps calm, braces for do-or-die semis

Nov 24, 2018 - 9:02 PM

After two seasons of getting booted out of the Final Four early, the Adamson Falcons get another shot this time to nail a UAAP title berth versus the UP Maroons

BOUNCING BACK. The Adamson Soaring Falcons are confident that they can still make the finals in the rubber match against University of the Philippines. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Bright spot: Akhuetie delivers despite keeping illness secret

Nov 24, 2018 - 8:22 PM

'I don’t want to be in the situation where I tell them that I can’t do it and their spirits will go down,' says UP's Final Four hero Bright Akhuetie

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

U.P. a win away from Finals after stunner vs Adamson

Nov 24, 2018 - 6:14 PM

(UPDATED) The UP Fighting Maroons keep their title hopes alive after spoiling the Adamson Falcons' first try to nail a finals berth

UPSET. Paul Desiderio and the UP Maroons get Jerie Pingoy and the No. 2 Adamson Falcons out of their way in their first semis showdown. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Adamson vs U.P. – UAAP Season 81 Final Four Game 1

Nov 24, 2018 - 1:18 PM

Two teams who have gone through countless heartbreaks are on course in their journey to the top

CLASH. Will Sean Manganti hit another heartbreaking shot for the Fighting Maroons? Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Adamson vs U.P. – UAAP Season 81 Final Four Game 1

Nov 23, 2018 - 4:13 PM

The Soaring Falcons and the Fighting Maroons vie to return to the finals for the first time in decades

Nothing would stop the Maroons' moment in history

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:14 AM

For the UP faithful, it was the day when two decades of patience, pain, and heartbreak came to an end

NEW ERA. Juan Gomez de Liaño and the UP Fighting Maroons finally get to join the league’s big boys. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Ateneo secures finals berth despite FEU's OT threat

Nov 22, 2017 - 6:55 PM

The Blue Eagles are the second finalists of UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament

FINALS. The Ateneo Blue Eagles make it to another finals appearance. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Despite Final Four exit, UST Tigresses walk away with heads held high

Apr 27, 2017 - 2:13 AM

While a loss is a loss the Tigresses opt to maintain a positive disposition as they close this year’s UAAP chapter

POSITIVE. The UST Golden Tigresses bow out of the UAAP Season 79 Final Four but remain positive about their accomplishments this year. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Race to UAAP Final Four: Who will make it to the top?

Mar 28, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Rappler takes a look at the 4 remaining teams looking to punch in a Final Four appearance for Season 79

Thirdy Ravena stays positive as Ateneo heads into do-or-die vs FEU

Nov 27, 2016 - 3:32 PM

It s not yet done We have another game on Wednesday says Thirdy Ravena

STAYING POSITIVE. Thirdy Ravena stays positive as the Ateneo Blue Eagles face the dangerous FEU Tamaraws in a do-or-die game for the last UAAP Finals berth. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Racela, Arong, Jose not ready to leave FEU just yet

Nov 27, 2016 - 12:50 PM

None of these men are ready to wear their FEU uniforms for the last time

NO WAY. Raymar Jose battles tooth and nail, not wanting to play his final game for FEU just yet. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

FEU forces Final Four rubber match against Ateneo

Nov 26, 2016 - 6:26 PM

UPDATED The defending champions will not go quietly into the night

STILL ALIVE. The FEU Tamaraws force a rubber match in the Final Four against the Ateneo Blue Eagles. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UAAP 79 Final Four preview: Ateneo vs FEU

Nov 25, 2016 - 6:57 PM

For the second straight year the Blue Eagles and Tamaraws square off for a ticket to the finals

UAAP 79 Final Four preview: La Salle vs Adamson

Nov 22, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The UAAP Final Four begins with a matchup between the top and fourth seeds

Mbala: Winning UAAP MVP not the ultimate goal

Nov 20, 2016 - 2:33 PM

Mbala is aiming to give La Salle its first UAAP men s basketball title since 2013

SCHEDULE: UAAP 79 Final Four and Finals

Nov 19, 2016 - 10:58 AM

Check out when the 4 remaining teams in UAAP Season 79 will play in the Final Four

FEU (12) Monbert Arong. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo returns to UAAP finals after dropping UP in straight sets

Apr 16, 2016 - 5:37 PM

The defending champions will face either La Salle or FEU in the finals where they will aim to win a third straight title

Aroga has all praises for UST; leaves return up to management

Nov 23, 2015 - 4:40 PM

“They really play like champions They were so focused They really wanted that game ” the NU big man says about UST

0004 - NU (19) Alfred Arroga. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Mac Belo: The selfless heartbreak kid

Nov 22, 2015 - 3:19 PM

Mac Belo broke hearts anew with his game winning putback to catapult the FEU Tamaraws to the UAAP Season 78 Finals But it s hard to hate him for it

HEARTBREAK KID. Mac Belo (right) breaks blue hearts this time around as FEU barges into the UAAP Season 78 Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda / Rappler

IN VINES: FEU eliminates Ateneo, advances to UAAP finals

Nov 21, 2015 - 11:58 PM

The Tamaraws now await the winner between UST and NU

5588 - FEU (13) Mike Tolomia Photo by Josh Albelda / Rappler

Roles reversed: UST-NU Final Four preview

Nov 21, 2015 - 8:52 PM

Rappler zeroes in on a familiar match up between felines and canines in this UAAP Season 78 Final Four preview between top seed UST and defending champion NU

BATTLE IN THE PAINT. Expect a rough battle of the bigmen between UST's Karim Abdul (in white) and NU's Alfred Aroga. File Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

LIVE BLOG: FEU vs Ateneo - UAAP Final Four

Nov 21, 2015 - 11:51 AM

Will FEU advance or will Ateneo force do or die?

An epic battle begins: FEU-Ateneo Final Four preview

Nov 20, 2015 - 4:43 PM

What roads did both teams take to get here? What are the keys to winning? Who comes out on top?

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Von Pessumal with ‘mixed emotions’ after possibly last Ateneo-La Salle game

Nov 10, 2015 - 11:45 AM

“I’ve been in the Ateneo my whole life and this is actually [potentially] the last time that I face La Salle says Pessumal

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ateneo's Chris Newsome went down swinging

Oct 04, 2014 - 1:51 AM

Chris Newsome gave it his all in an attempt to prolong his UAAP career Now he s looking forward to the PBA D League and beyond

LAST STAND. Chris Newsome of Ateneo attacks the basket against National University's Alfred Aroga in his final UAAP game. Photo by Josh Albelda

NU beats Ateneo for first Finals appearance since 1970

Oct 01, 2014 - 4:41 PM

Alfred Aroga blocks Kiefer Ravena s layup that would have tied the game at 65

CLUTCH. Gelo Alolino was responsible for the two free throws that gave NU the lead for good. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Ateneo vs NU (UAAP Final Four)

Sep 30, 2014 - 9:43 PM

Rappler s live blog of the UAAP Season 77 Final Four knockout match between the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the NU Bulldogs

NU hangs on to defeat Ateneo and extend Final 4 series

Sep 24, 2014 - 6:25 PM

Kiefer Ravena s last attempt misses NU holds on to win and forces a do or die match vs Ateneo

TIGHT GAME. Kiefer Ravena defends JJay Alejandro who had a breakout game for the NU Bulldogs. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Ateneo Blue Eagles vs NU Bulldogs (UAAP Final Four)

Sep 24, 2014 - 1:50 PM

Rappler s live blog of game one of the Final Four match between the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the NU Bulldogs

Final Four Preview: Ateneo’s offense clashes with NU’s defense

Sep 24, 2014 - 1:44 AM

The league’s best offense in Ateneo meets the league’s best defense in NU Which team will prevail?

Alfred Aroga gets the last laugh on Charles Mammie

Sep 23, 2014 - 4:52 AM

Alfred Aroga of National University had to overcome the mind games of his UE Red Warrior rival Charles Mammie to score the biggest win of his UAAP career

Alfred Aroga and the National University Bulldogs earned a trip to the Final Four by defeat the UE Red Warriors. File photo by Mark Cristino

FEU puts defending UAAP champs La Salle on brink of elimination

Sep 21, 2014 - 6:39 PM

The FEU Tamaraws are a win away from making it back to the UAAP men s basketball tournament finals for the first time since 2011

TAMARAW STAMPEDE. Mike Tolomia of FEU brings the ball up court en route to his side's big win over DLSU. Photo by Josh Albelda

NU survives UE's late charge to complete Final 4 cast

Sep 20, 2014 - 6:37 PM

Alfred Aroga hit a pair of go ahead free throws with 12 4 seconds to go to lift the NU Bulldogs to a pulsating 51 49 win and earn a Final Four berth

National University celebrates after Bong Galanza's shot missed, securing victory for the Bulldogs. Photo by Josh Albelda

Final Four preview: The Green Rivalry opens a new chapter

Sep 20, 2014 - 3:19 PM

De La Salle University and Far Eastern University will write a new chapter to the rivalry between the two UAAP squads with green jerseys

Mike Tolomia is one of FEU's most potent scorers. File photo by Josh Albelda

UAAP Saturday games bring huge Final Four implications

Sep 12, 2014 - 5:48 PM

A day before the 2014 UAAP Cheerdance Competition Season 77 s men s basketball tournament will have its most important play date of the elimination round on Saturday

The winner of Saturday's Ateneo vs FEU game will enter the Final Four with the no. 1 seed and a twice-to-beat advantage. Photo by Josiah Albelda/Rappler

FEU holds off spirited Adamson, barges into Final 4

Sep 03, 2014 - 8:32 PM

The FEU Tamaraws booked their ticket to the Final Four after dealing the spirited Adamson Soaring Falcons a defeat

Alejandrino Inigo of FEU puts up a jump shot. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Preview: NU aims to punch finals ticket vs UST

Sep 22, 2013 - 3:04 PM

NU takes on UST with an aim to punch a ticket to the finals