Champions FEU-Diliman, Malayan down foreign foes in NBTC opener

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 13, 2017 08:46 PM
Champions FEU, Malayan down foreign foes in NBTC opener
TOP OF THE CLASS. FEU-Diliman and Malayan both proved why they are champions in their respective leagues.

Far Eastern University-Diliman, fresh off winning it all in the UAAP, got right to work in showing its championship form in the 2017 National Basketball Training Center League National Finals.

On-point from start to finish, the Baby Tamaraws gave a rude welcome to visiting Camp David of New Zealand in an 81-53 blowout at the MOA Arena, Monday.

Eric Jabel and JJ Sapinit were the only ones in double-digits with 15 and 14 points, respectively, but all 14 players contributed in the scoring column and the rebounding department for FEU-Diliman.

The experience between the UAAP champions and the visitors were apparent from the get-go as the former wasted no time in executing on offense and pressuring on defense.

In the end, the Baby Tamaraws took full advantage of their opponents’ 30 errors which were quickly converted into 21 points.

With the 28-point rout, FEU-Diliman got off on the right foot in its NBTC campaign.

Also getting off on the right foot is NCAA king Malayan High School of Science which came from behind to frustrate Canada’s Durham Crossover, 84-80.

Trailing for majority of the matchup and by as much as 15, the Red Robins took flight in the final frame behind Jasper Salenga who wound up with a total of 22 points and eight rebounds.

Back-to-back hits by Warren Bonifacio and Rom Junsay finally snatched away the lead for Malayan, 79-78, inside the last two minutes. The two teams then traded baskets before two turnovers in a row hammered the final nail in the coffin for the Canadians.

Bonifacio and Junsay made good on three of four free throws in the dying seconds to complete the Robins’ comeback.

With their respective losses, New Zealand and Canada began the tournament at 0-1.

Meanwhile, in Division 2, Cavite downed Mandaue, 90-59; Iloilo downed Naga, 74-65; Batangas downed Isabela, 61-42; and Bacolod downed Dipolog, 68-46.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

SHS-ATENEO 79 – Velasco 21, Pastor 15, Cutamora 11, Chua 8, Mantua 6, Manaytay 6, Nacua 6, Javelosa 2, Calumpang 2, Visser 2, Yu P 0, Lapina 0, Tuadles 0, Yu J 0

AUSTRALIA 49 – Cabban 13, Rentoy 13, Mclaughlin 8, Villalon 6, Mantua 5, Timonera 4, Estacio 0, Carino 0, Gomez 0, Lopez 0

QUARTER SCORES: 14-11, 45-18, 60-41, 79-49

SECOND GAME

FEU-DILIMAN 81 – Jabel 15, Sapinit 14, Gabane 7, Roman 6, Gonzales 6, Boc 5, Torres 5, Alforque Roy 4, Alforque Ram 4, Mariano 4, Abarrientos 4, Sabilla 3, Celzo 2, Gloria 2

NEW ZEALAND 53 – Maagdenberg Ed 10, Martin 7, Benjamin 7, Maagdenberg Em 7, Malingin 6, Davis 5, Tayag 4, Falqueza 3, Manese 2, Arellano 2, Cabral 0, Perez 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-11, 40-27, 55-35, 81-53

THIRD GAME

MALAYAN 84 – Salenga 22, Junsay 17, Lacap 14, Bonifacio 7, Enriquez 7, Garcia 5, Concepcion 5, Gozum 4, Escamis 3, Samudio 0, Dagta 0

CANADA 80 – Daves 19, Kwawukumey 15, Malabanan 15, Florido 10, Ocampo 9, Santiago 8, Cruz 4, Ocampo 0

QUARTER SCORES: 13-14, 29-37, 53-60, 84-80

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