Fans had to wait for a while before the UAAP season began, but once it did, the league did not disappoint. Teams have played exciting basketball right from the get go, and the games are only going to get better from here on out. The first round is officially over, and teams are now left with only seven games to play as they prove themselves worthy of a Final Four slot. Here’s a rundown of the teams and their standings after the first round:
University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers (6-1)
The team came into the season with high hopes, but nobody expected them to be on top of the league standings after the first round. After struggling in their first game against an unheralded Adamson Falcons team, the Tigers went toe to toe with the title favorites Far Eastern University Tamaraws and scored an improbable win. The team pulled off a couple of comeback victories against both the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the De La Salle University Green Archers, with their lone loss coming from a then-winless National University Bulldogs team. Ed Daquioag and Kevin Ferrer have put the team on their backs and have become an unstoppable pair for the Tigers.
Far Eastern University Tamaraws (6-1)
To no one’s surprise, the Tamaraws are on top of the league standings, tied with UST, the team that put the blemish in the first round of their campaign. They started off like the powerhouse team that they are, dominating what was thought to be a pretty tough Ateneo team in the season opener.