NU, Ateneo notch wins to set battle for first next week

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 05, 2015 04:46 PM
NU, Ateneo notch wins to set battle for first next week
HEAD ON. Defending champion Ateneo is on a collision course with runner-up NU for first place after this season's first round.

Defending champion Ateneo de Manila High School and runner-up Nazareth School of National University both took care of business ahead of their much-anticipated rematch now in the UAAP 78 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

The Blue Eaglets feasted on University of the East, 91-51, while the Bullpups mangled Far Eastern University-Diliman, 70-56, on Saturday at the Blue Eagle Gym to add major implications to their matchup next week.

John Lloyd Clemente opened eyes with a stout stat line of 24 points, 16 rebounds, and five assists as NU bucked a slow start and dominated their opponents, 37-24, in the middle quarters. Justine Baltazar added 14 markers to help the runners-up stay spotless at 6-0.

For Ateneo, it was of course Jolo Mendoza who showed the way with 19 points in only 15 minutes on the floor. The defending champions generated a booming 26-8 start and never looked back en route to a 5-1 record.

JJ Sapinit scored a career-high 24 points to serve as a bright spot for the now 3-3 Baby Tamaraws while Kobe Camarillo and Daniel Ramos led the way with nine points apiece for the still winless Junior Warriors.

Next Saturday still at the Blue Eagle Gym, the Eaglets get the last chance to prevent a sweep of the first round by the Bullpups. A win then would also tie the defending champions with the runners-up at first.

Meanwhile, De La Salle Zobel also kept themselves near the top of the standings after hunting down University of Sto. Tomas, 96-43.

Aljun Melecio had 16 points, but mainly served as facilitator for Marco Sario and Brent Paraiso who scored 20 and 15, respectively. The win was the Junior Archers’ fifth out of six and kept them at virtual second-place (they own the tiebreaker against also 5-1 Ateneo).

In other results, Adamson High School shut University of the Philippines Integrated School out of the win column with a 76-65 decision. Jayson Celis broke out with 19 points and eight rebounds to propel the Baby Falcons to 3-3.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

NU 70 – Clemente 24, Baltazar 14, Penano 9, Manalang 6, Coyoca 5, Amsali 4, Tolentino 3, Beldua 3, Atienza 2, Callejo 0, Jugar 0, Sarip 0, Fortea 0, Mosqueda 0

FEU-DILIMAN 56 – Sapinit 21, Gonzales 10, Torres 5, Roman 4, Gloria 4, Bieren 3, Gabane 2, Boc 2, Mariano 2, De Leon 2, Celzo 1, Jabel 0, Garcia 0, Belgica 0, Ramos 0

QUARTER SCORES: 15-16, 35-29, 52-40, 70-56

SECOND GAME

ATENEO 91 – Mendoza J 19, Andrade 10, Ildefonso S 10, Belangel 9, Hassan 9, Mamuyac 8, Credo 6, Soriano 6, Ildefonso D 4, Gatmaytab 3, Rosales 3, Bernardo 2, David 2, Mendoza M 0

UE 51 – Camarillo 9, Ramos 9, Dulalia 8, Balundo 7, Publico 6, Aban 4, Domingo 2, Acuesta 2, Angeles 2, Vinte 2, Morada 0, Cruz 0, Palanas 0, Morelos 0

QUARTER SCORES: 26-8, 48-27, 70-38, 91-51

THIRD GAME

ADAMSON 76 – Celis 19, Antiporda 13, Natividad 11, Umayao 9, Sabroso 8, Beltran 7, Agbong 4, Wawimal 3, Chua 2, Flores 0, Asuncion 0, Hanapi 0

UPIS 65 – Gomez de Liano Ja 19, Gomez de Liano Ju 12, Gregorio 12, Gozum 8, Barles 5, Lina 4, Tupaz 2, Labao Ral 2, Lagahit 1, Vergeire 0, Santiago 0, Labao Rap 0, Estrera 0

QUARTER SCORES: 17-11, 34-27, 60-42, 76-65

FOURTH GAME

DLSZ 96 – Sario 20, Melecio 16, Paraiso 15, Sobrevega 11, Romero 10, Mariano 6, Vista 5, Fortuna 4, Cabarrus 3, Cosejo 2, Tongco 2, Salafranca 2, Rabat 0, Terrado 0, Cristobal 0, Francisco 0

UST 43 – 

QUARTER SCORES: 24-5, 46-19, 68-35, 96-43

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