Bullpups start title defense with 50-point destruction of UE
Paul Lintag on Nov 12, 2016 06:30 PM
John Clemente was the star of the show for NU as the Bullpups open their title defense with a 50-point victory.
In an amazing show of force, the defending champion Bullpups proved that the UAAP Season 79 Juniors Basketball title goes through the Nazareth School of National University.
NU wasted no time establishing its dominance this season and dropped a hammer on a hapless UE side in the form of a 104-54 win at the San Juan Arena Saturday.
The Bullpups were already impressive in the first 20 minutes but the champs took things to another level and led by as much as 52 points in the second half, limiting the Junior Warriors to only three points in the third quarter.
"Okay naman pero still malayo pa eh. Marami pa rin kaming kailangan trabahuhin. We have to prepare every game na lang kasi kahit papaano lumakas lahat ng kalaban namin," head coach Jeff Napa said.
John Clemente cemented his status as the star of NU with 21 points on 60 percent shooting while Rhayyan Amsali backed him up with 18 coming from a perfect clip on the field.
Genesis Vinte carried the fight for UE after scoring 17.
Also showing a dominant performance was Adamson as the Baby Falcons ran the University of the Philippines Integrated School to the ground with a convincing 82-59 romp.
The game was practically over in the first quarter as the Baby Falcons took control with a 33-11 lead.
Adamson was so far ahead that even a 24-13 third quarter run by UPIS was not enough to turn the tide. The Baby Falcons led by as much as 30 points.
Carl Vincent Tamayo and Florencio Serrano led a balanced Adamson attack, finishing with 14 points apiece while Juan Gomez De Liano was the one shining star for the Junior Maroons, dropping 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in the loss.
Tamayo, 14, Serrano 14, Celis 11, Abadiano 9, Santos 8, Agbong 7, Flores 6, Antiporda 4, Padrigao3, Beltran 2, Mailim 2, Sumoda 2.
Gomez De Liano 18, Santiago 14, Lina 8, Lagahit 6, Labao RL 4, Labao R 4, Gregorio 2, Villa-real 2, Vergeire 1.
Quarterscores: 33-11, 54-26, 67-50, 82-59.
Clemente 21, Amsali 18, Manalang 9, Callejo 9, Malonzo 8, Fortea 8, Sarip 8, Penano 6, Atienza 5, Tolentino 4, Coyoca 3, Peralta 3, Mosqueda 2.
Vinte 17, Manaug 15, Balundo 9, Angeles 3, Ramos 3, Acuesta 2, Dulalia 2, Azurin 2, Po 1.
Quarterscores: 34-15, 59-35, 85-38, 104-54.
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