Still perfect Bullpups bite off seasonís first Final Four berth

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 23, 2016 04:58 PM
Still perfect Bullpups bite off season's first F4 berth
ON COURSE. NU remained perfect and on pace for an elimination round sweep.

STANDINGS

NU 11-0
DLSZ 9-2
Ateneo 7-4
FEU-Diliman 6-5
Adamson 6-5
UST 3-8
UPIS 2-9
UE 0-11

Nazareth School of National University just keeps on scaring away whoever dares come close to their first-place standing in the UAAP 78 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

Justine Baltazar and John Lloyd Clemente bared their teeth once more as the Bullpups feasted on University of Sto. Tomas, 82-58, on Saturday at the San Juan Arena.

Baltazar kept on towering above all to hang 13 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks while Clemente contributed 14 markers of his own as the league-leaders held their opponents to 13 points and below in the first three quarters for a 65-36 advantage heading into the fourth.

Coach Jeff Napa rested his regulars in the final frame and still, his boys dominated rebounding, 52-35, and inside points, 52-30. Now at 11-0, NU clinched the tournament’s first playoff spot along with a twice-to-beat advantage.

While the Bullpups stayed in the running for an elimination round sweep, De La Salle Zobel kept themselves still within striking distance following an 85-74 romp of University of the Philippines Integrated School, 85-74.

The sweet-shooting backcourt of Aljun Melecio and Marco Sario fired 22 and 19 points, respectively, to improve the Junior Archers to their third consecutive victory and ninth overall in 10 games.

Meanwhile, defending champion Ateneo de Manila High School was able to clear some space for themselves at third-place after demolishing University of the East, 96-58. Jolo Mendoza finally flashed his fine form, scoring 25 points to get the defending champions back to winning now at 7-4.

Once tied with the Blue Eaglets, Adamson High School fell into a tie for fourth-place with Far Eastern University-Diliman who defeated them, 60-55. Jun-jun Gabane broke out with 18 points to raise the Baby Tamaraws’ record to 6-5 – same as the Baby Falcons.

The Tiger Cubs, Junior Maroons, and Junior Maroons stayed at the cellar of the standings.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

DLSZ 85 – Melecio 22, Sario 19, Paraiso 9, Tongco 9, Cosejo 9, Fortuna 7, Mariano 7, Rabat 4, Romero 0, Cabarrus 0, Sobrevega 0, Cristobal 0, Francisco 0

UPIS 74 – Gomez de Liano Ju 22, Lina 13, Gomez de Liano Ja 12, Gregorio 9, Gozum 4, Barles 4, Labao Rap 4, Tupaz 2, Santiago 2, Labao Ral 2, Vergeire 0, Vila-Real 0

QUARTER SCORES: 18-24, 41-35, 66-51, 85-74

SECOND GAME

FEU-DILIMAN 60 – Gabane 18, Roman 12, Gonzales 10, Sapinit 10, Celzo 3, Bieren 3, Torres 3, Gloria 1, Jabel 0, Boc 0, Garcia 0, De Leon 0

ADAMSON 55 – Celis 18, Agbong 16, Santos 12, Antiporda 7, Abadiano 1, Beltran 1, Chua 0, Flores 0, Umayao 0, Padrigao 0

QUARTER SCORES: 8-20, 24-25, 41-42, 60-55

THIRD GAME

NU 82 – Clemente 14, Baltazar 13, Coyoca 10, Amsali 7, Penano 6, Atienza 6, Fortea 5, Sarip 4, Tolentino 4, Callejo 3, Jugar 2, Manalang 2, Beldua 2, Careng 2, Mosqueda 2, Camaso 0

UST 58 – Lacap 11, Navarro 10, Fornillos 9, Ganaphat 9, Esplana 7, Baquial 4, Japzon 4, Balingit 2, Narvasa 2, Marzan 0, Morales 0, Ratuiste 0, Villapando 0, Figueroa, Reculio 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-11, 40-24, 65-36, 82-58

FOURTH GAME

ATENEO 96 – Mendoza J 25, Belangel 11, Ildefonso S 10, Mendoza M 10, Rosales 7, Berjay 7, Andrade 6, Gatmaytan 6, David 5, Soriano 4, Hassan 3, Eustaquio 2

UE 58 – Vinte 12, Publico 8, Camarillo 8, Angeles 8, Dulalia 6, Aban 5, Balundo 5, Ramos 3, Acuesta 2, Domingo 1

QUARTER SCORES: 24-21, 42-38, 71-44, 96-58

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