Alejandro helps keep NU alive after OT win
Paul Lintag on Oct 21, 2015 05:22 PM
I CAN BE YOUR HERO. J-jay Alejandro was a big factor as defendong champion NU Bulldogs keep their season alive.
In a game that featured one of the most bizarre endings in recent memory, J-jay Alejandro came through for defending champion NU.
Alejandro scored 12 of his 22 points in the last 22.7 seconds of the fourth quarter and overtime as the Bulldogs took down the Adamson Falcons, 85-79, in the second round of UAAP Season 78 at the Araneta Coliseum Wednesday.
Down 67-70 inside 30 seconds of regulation, Alejandro drew a foul from Adamson's Jerome Garcia while taking a three pointer. Garcia was then given a technical foul for complaining and Alejandro calmly sank four straight charities to give the defending champions a 71-70 advantage.
A perfectly-executed blind play from JD Tungcab to Ivan Villanueva forced an extra five minutes. Come the overtime period, Alejandro picked up where he left off and scored a couple of and-one plays as the Bulldogs pulled away for good.
"We talked about it alam namin gaano kahirap our road will be but we take it one game at a time," head coach Eric Altamirano said. "Focus on the process, ang importante maibalik namin yung laro namin."
At 4-6, the Bulldogs remain in contention for the Final Four. Alfred Aroga and Gelo Alolino added 17 points apiece for NU while also having 11 rebounds and 10 assists respectively.
Adamson was led by Papi Sarr who finished with 32 points and 17 boards. The Falcons appeared on their way to scoring their biggest victory in two seasons after taking a 70-64 lead in the last two minutes of regulation, but they only had one field goal in overtime.
NU (85) - Alejandro 22, Aroga 17, Alolino 17, Javelona 11, Javillonar 7, Celda 5, Neypes 3, Yu 3, Diputado 0, Abatayo 0.
ADU (79) - Sarr 32, Villanueva 10, Polican 9, Escalambre 8, Bernardo 4, Fernandez 3, Tungcab 3, Ng 3, Garcia 2, Margallo 2, Camacho 2, Miranda 1.
QUARTER SCORES: 12-16, 31-36, 50-53, 72-72, 85-79.
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