The Ateneo de Manila HS Blue Eaglets ended their second round on a sour note, breaking down in overtime to hand National University a clean sweep of the entire elims. Coach Joe Silva's boys, however, bounced back several days later, defeating the FEU-FERN Baby Tamaraws in the stepladder playoffs to earn the right to face the Bullpups in the UAAP Season 76 Juniors Finals.
The caveat? NU, by virtue of its sweep, enjoys a THRICE-TO-BEAT advantage. Think of it this way -- the Juniors Finals will be a race-to-three-wins affair, but NU is already automatically ahead, 1-0.