Altamirano sees NU's defense as key in back-to-back wins

Mark Escarlote on Sep 23, 2015 07:26 PM
Altamirano sees NU's defense as key in back-to-back wins
I think really the focal point of these last two games is our defense --- NU coach Eric Altamirano on back-to-back wins

National University is slowly getting its groove back.

The Bulldogs finally revived the formula that carried them to their championship run last year.

After losing its first three games, NU barked to back-to-back wins by banking on their choking defense.

"Well obviously in the three games we lost we did not play defense," said NU coach Eric Altamirano, minutes after the Bulldogs’ 75-54 whipping of listless Adamson Falcons.

It was not the ideal start for the defending champions, dropping three in a row against De La Salle (63-67), University of the East (71-76) and a stinging double overtime loss to Ateneo de Manila (70-74).

And Altamirano knows the exact reason of their early struggle.

"We allowed other teams to score a lot. So I think really the focal point of these last two games is our defense," said Altamirano, whose team is now in a tie for sixth to seventh place with a 2-3 record beside UE.

Utilizing their signature defensive plays, the Bulldogs barged in the win column last Saturday by putting a blemish on erstwhile undefeated University of Sto. Tomas.

Against Adamson, NU made the Falcons bleed for every point with a 20-of-62 field goal shooting.

Out of the 59 shots the Bulldogs contested, Adamson sank only 18, attesting that NU can rack up victories if they put on a good defense.


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