Baltazar and Bullpups pound on Eaglets to sweep first round
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 12, 2015 05:05 PM
PEERLESS. Justine Baltazar and the already in form Bullpups are yet to be solved in UAAP 78.
Nazareth School of National University is owning the UAAP 78 Juniors Basketball Tournament thus far just like Justine Baltazar has been owning the conversation of best big man in the league.
The Bullpups’ captain posted 18 points and 16 rebounds to power his team against Ateneo de Manila High School, 73-60, at the Blue Eagle Gym, Saturday.
John Lloyd Clemente had his own 18 markers to his name and the reigning runners-up’s revenge over the defending champions kept them unscathed after the first round of eliminations. Talking about the feat, coach Jeff Napa said, “Masaya pero may hinahanap pa kami sa mga bata. Alam naming mas may ilalabas pa sila.”
While he held down the fort on offense, it was at the other end where six-foot seven-inch Baltazar made a bigger mark. He totaled five blocks and frustrated their opponents to a 33 percent shooting clip.
The Blue Eaglets used a full-court blitz for a 29-19 advantage in the second quarter until Baltazar and company slowed the game down and hammered a 39-13 run that carved a 58-42 NU lead at the 8:32 mark of the final frame.
Ateneo was unable to threaten from that point despite the non-stop effort of Gian Mamuyac who wound up with 19 points. Jolo Mendoza was scoreless in 15 minutes after spraining his left ankle.
The Eaglets’ loss kept them knotted at second place with De La Salle Zobel who also tasted their second defeat in seven games at the hands of Adamson High School, 79-66.
The Baby Falcons utilized their size advantage to the fullest and took residence close to the basket with a massive 44-10 advantage in inside points. They also shrugged off 28 turnovers by forcing 55 misses off 80 attempts.
EJ Agbong finally broke out with 20 points and 15 rebounds to pilot Adamson’s flight to a share of fourth with a 4-3 record.
Lady luck also didn’t seem to be on the side of the Junior Archers who witnessed not a few of their attempts going in and out. Aljun Melecio had 24 points to lead their effort, but only made nine out of his 31 shots.
ADAMSON 79 – Agbong 20, Celis 18, Antiporda 17, Natividad 7, Chua 6, Santos 6, Sabroso 2, Abadiano 2, Umayao 1, Flores 0, Beltran 0
DLSZ 66 – Melecio 24, Sobrevega 12, Mariano 8, Paraiso 6, Fortuna 5, Cabarrus 5, Rabat 4, Romero 2, Sario 0, Francisco 0, Cosejo 0
QUARTER SCORES: 17-22, 45-41, 66-51, 79-66
NU 73 – Baltazar 18, Clemente 18, Coyoca 13, Amsali 10, Jugar 5, Manalang 5, Atienza 2, Penano 2, Callejo 0, Sarip 0, Tolentino 0, Camaso 0, Beldua 0
ATENEO 60 – Mamuyac 19, Belangel 11, Berjay 10, Andrade 8, Ildefonso S 8, Eustaquio 2, Credo 2, Mendoza J 0, Hassan 0, Mendoza M 0, Bernardo 0, Ildefonso D 0, Rosales 0, David 0
QUARTER SCORES: 15-18, 28-31, 53-42, 73-60
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