Bulldogs battle back to frustrate winless Chiefs

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 12, 2017 07:02 PM
Bulldogs battle back to frustrate winless Chiefs
ALL BARK AND BITE. Matt Salem and NU kept coming even though they were staring at a 16-point deficit.

Right out of the gates on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, National University was unable to keep pace with Kent Salado and Arellano University.

There wasn’t anything that a challenge fiery mentor Jamike Jarin couldn’t fix, however.

Playing inspired ball out of their halftime huddle, the Bulldogs clawed their way back from 16 points down to eventually end with an 82-79 decision against the Chiefs in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament.

“Arellano comes with a lot of energy so we had to match their energy. It was evident in the third quarter that we finally got the energy,” Jarin said after his boys secured back-to-back wins to begin the preseason.

NU trailed for all of the first half and were still behind, 37-52, early in the third until Matt Salem uncorked a massive 26-5 surge that suddenly put them ahead 63-58 to end the quarter.

Behind Salem and J-Jay Alejandro, the Bulldogs would protect their advantage the rest of the way.

In the end, Salem had an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double. Flanking him were Issa Gaye who got 11 points and nine rebounds and Alejandro who scored 10 markers of his own.

Sensing character from his boys, the first-year coach said he was happier with this win even though it had to come by way of another comeback. “It’s a better performance than the previous game,” he expressed.

Jarin and NU outlasted gritty Emilio Aguinaldo College the last time around.

On the other hand, the Chiefs dropped their second straight outing despite the best efforts of Lervin Flores who had 15 points and 14 rebounds.

BOX SCORES

NU 82 – Salem 18, Gaye 11, Alejandro 10, Diputado 10, Flores 8, Bartlett 6, Joson 4, Rangel 4, Abatayo 3, Lastimosa 3, Galvelo 3, Tibayan 2, Yu 0, Morido 0, Mosqueda 0, Aquino 0, Cauilan 0

ARELLANO 79 – Flores 15, Salado 14, Meca 12, Nicholls 11, Enriquez 7, Concepcion 7, Aguila 5, Ongolo Ongolo 4, Padilla 4, Rivera 0, Canete 0, Abanes 0, Villoria 0, De Guzman 0, Cahigas 0, Juico 0, Gupilan 0

QUARTER SCORES: 16-23, 32-39, 63-58, 82-79

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