No bullying, just business for season sweep-seeking Bullpups

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 23, 2016 07:21 PM
No bullying, just business for season sweep-seeking Bullpups
UNSTOPPABLE. The league has had no answer thus far for MVP runner-up Justine Baltazar and season sweep-seeking NU.

“Once we step onto the court, we mean business.”

That was what coach Jeff Napa expressed after his Nazareth School of National University once again had no problem against who is considered the biggest threat to their second perfect season in the past three years.

In Game One of the UAAP 78 Juniors Basketball Finals, the Bullpups pounced on De La Salle Zobel, 78-58, to move one win away from reclaiming the championship. Maximizing their size advantage, they dominated in terms of rebounds, 57-34, and second chance points, 16-2, among others statistics.

That Finals beatdown marked the third time where the still undefeated league-leaders thoroughly dominated the clear second-seed in the tournament. The Juniors Archers were also no match for NU in their couple of elimination round matchups – first losing, 53-68, and then, 57-80.

Third-seed Ateneo de Manila High School and Far Eastern University-Diliman don’t seem like more dangerous opponents either as they were routed by the Bullpups by an average of 12.5 and 15.5 points, respectively, in their elims meetings.

Asked if their dominance was indeed rooted in their bullying brand of basketball, Napa responded, “This is not bully ball naman, we’re just doing our job. Yung mga bata, kung anong gameplan, ginagawa lang nila.”

He then continued, “Walang superstar itong team na ‘to. They’re just doing their job lang talaga.”

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