ATENEO DE MANILA (1) VS UNIVERSITY OF STO. TOMAS (4)
Macky Escalona: It will be Ateneo’s depth in talent versus UST’s clear advantage on the wing positions.
Miko Halili: Ateneo’s multiple weapons, championship experience, championship defense. UST, meanwhile has nothing to lose, a fighting spirit and an explosive offense will their keys to victory.
Alvin Jimenez: You're looking at a Blue Eagle lineup with a year of championship experience under its belt minus Chris Tiu. But UST has lanky Khasim Mirza and top MVP candidate Dylan Ababou on the wings.
Anthony Divinagracia: Ateneo’s vaunted championship experience, while UST has its 1-2 punch in Ababou and Mirza.
Miko: Ateneo notoriously starts slow while UST has a smaller frontline. The Growling Tigers are almost a two-man team.
Alvin: I'm more worried about Rabeh Al Hussaini not keeping his mind on the game. UST has no one who can stop Rabeh.
Anthony: Apart from being slow burners, Ateneo’s offense has a penchant for being Rabeh-centric.
Macky: Expect a field day from last year’s MVP Rabeh Al Hussaini. I’m sure he has an axe to grind after knowing that Dylan Ababou will win the MVP award. Don’t forget just yet Nonoy Baclao who has consistently made his presence felt.
Miko: Ateneo can lose anyone on the team except Nonoy Baclao. On the other hand, UST has Dylan Ababou. Sunday’s game will be Ababou’s chance to validate his claim to the MVP title.
Alvin: Nonoy Baclao is the anchor of the team's defense. UST’s Dylan Ababou should get back to his unstoppable self if UST hopes of reaching the next round.
Macky: Ateneo will win it on Saturday versus UST and march on the Championship game.
Alvin: Ateneo in one.
Anthony: Ateneo in one.