NU fans Final Four hopes after frustrating DLSU
Paul Lintag on Oct 28, 2015 07:38 PM
LIVE TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY. Defending champion NU Bulldogs lean on J-jay Alejandro again to keep their playoff hopes alive.
With two do-or-die games left to save their title defense, it might be a good plan for the NU Bulldogs to go all-in on J-jay Alejandro.
For the second time in three games, Alejandro dished out the most telling blows as the defending champion Bulldogs frustrate the De La Salle Green Archers, 81-73, in round two of UAAP 78 at the MOA Arena, Wednesday.
Alejandro scored 25 points, 17 in the fourth quarter including 14 straight, to keep NU's flickering Final Four hopes alive. At 5-7, the Bulldogs are only half a game behind their victims for fourth place as the Green Archers slide down to 5-6.
Aware that their playoff hopes are not entirely on their hands, head coach Eric Altamirano just wants to hurdle their last two assignments and see where they will end up. "I was very proud of the boys on how we responded. I saw the resiliency of the boys," Altamirano said.
He added, "We want to hurdle all our assignments and kung saan kami abutin, we'll just continue to pray."
Alejandro went on a personal 14-3 run in the fourth quarter capped by back-to-back triples at the 5:51 mark as the Bulldogs took control of the contest, 65-58. Jeron Teng, who also finished with 25 points, came right back with consecutive layups but Alejandro converted an and-one several plays later to give NU more breathing room.
After a close first half, the Green Archers came out firing and took a 43-32 lead after 13 unanswered points. Kyle Neypes started the comeback for NU although he went down after scoring seven straight for the Bulldogs with an ankle sprain.
Nico Javelona was the other Bulldog to score in double figures with 14 points.
Rookie Andrei Caracut had 18 for La Salle.
NU (81) - Alejandro 25, Javelona 14, Aroga 7, Alolino 7, Javillonar 7, Neypes 7, Salim 6, Abatayo 4, Diputado 2, Morido 2.
DLSU (73) - Teng 25, Caracut 18, Perkins 10, Torres 8, Rivero 5, Torralba 4, Navarro 3.
QUARTER SCORES: 14-10, 32-30, 49-53, 81-73.
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