Napa technical fires up Bullpups in victory versus Eaglets

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 14, 2017 11:15 AM
Napa technical fires up Bullpups in victory versus Eaglets
PUSH IT TO THE LIMIT. Defending champion NU had to dig deep to defeat new-age rival Ateneo.

TEAM STANDINGS
Adamson 7-1
NU 7-1
FEU-Diliman 6-2
Ateneo 4-4
UPIS 3-5
DLSZ 2-6
UST 2-6
UE 1-7

John Lloyd Clemente and Rhayyan Amsali were both in foul trouble, Nazareth School of National University was getting outwitted and outworked, and just his second loss in the UAAP 79 Juniors Basketball Tournament was staring Jeff Napa in the face.

Add to that what he deemed to be a questionable call and Napa had enough – entering the playing court in vehement opposition and getting called for a technical foul for his troubles.

Taking their mentor’s cue, the Bullpups also got back to business in what proved to be a decisive 23-9 third quarter run that eventually ended as a 78-71 triumph over Ateneo de Manila High School on Saturday at the San Juan Arena.

Behind a balanced attack, the Blue Eaglets mounted a 38-33 advantage at the half. Things were looking even better for them when Amsali and Clemente got their third and fourth fouls, respectively, near the middle of the third.

It was at that point, however, that Napa reacted to another foul called on another one of his players and took the “T.” Captain Clemente then huddled his teammates just as Dave Ildefonso missed the freebie.

There was no stopping NU from that point and the 23-9 rally took back the lead for them, 56-47. “Naging energizer talaga yung technical ko para magising yung boys na hindi namin sila iiwan,” Napa expressed.

In the end, the Bullpups scored their fifth win in a row and seventh overall in eight games to remain in solo second.

Clemente and Amsali only combined for 13 points, but the bench more than made up for their missing production. “Naghihintay lang naman ng pagkakataon second group ko. Alam ko namang lahat yan, mag-step up,” Napa said.

Indeed, all from the bench, Karl Penano muscled his way into 19 points, Paul Manalang scored 16 of his own, and Muhammed Sarip was a pleasant surprise with 10 markers and nine rebounds.

On the other hand, Ateneo saw their three-game winning streak come to an end as its frontline got dominated in inside points, 32-48. At 4-4, however, they are still solo fourth.

Meanwhile, Far Eastern University-Diliman made the first mark on Adamson High School’s loss column following a 75-73 decision.

In other results, University of the Philippines-Diliman moved closer to the top four with an 82-74 victory versus University of the East while University of Sto. Tomas scored just its second win of the season with an overtime triumph over De La Salle Zobel, 83-77.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

NU 78 – Penano 19, Manalang 16, Sarip 10, Amsali 7, Clemente 6, Coyoca 5, Tolentino 5, Malonzo 4, Callejo 2, Fortea 2, Dela Cruz 2, Atienza 0

ATENEO 71 – Belangel 14, Ildefonso 1, Salazar 8, Angeles 8, Manuel 8, Sotto 8, Berjay 6, Credo 6, Escalona 3, Laud 0

QUARTER SCORES: 13-13, 33-38, 58-52, 78-71

SECOND GAME

FEU-DILIMAN 75 – Sapinit 24, Jabel 11, Roman 9, Alforque Ro 7, Gloria 6, Torres 6, Gonzales 5, Celzo 5, Abarrientos 2, Gabane 0, Baclay 0, Bieren 0

ADAMSON 73 – Serrano 24, Celis 22, Agbong 7, Abadiano 5, Santos 5, Tamayo 3, Padrigao 2, Antiporda 2, Sabandal 2, Flores 1, Desoyo 0, Beltran 0

QUARTER SCORES: 19-20, 47-38, 59-59, 75-73

THIRD GAME

UPIS 82 – Gomez de Liano 19, Labao Ral 15, Estrera 15, Santiago 10, Gregorio 8, Labao Raf 7, Lagahit 6, Vergeire 2, Lina 0, Tupaz 0

UE 74 – Dulalia 18, Manaug 16, Acuesta 10, Gonzales 8, Angeles 8, Vinte 6, Balundo 4, Po 2, Cruz 1, Canton 1, Ramos 0, Morelos 0, Azurin 0, Domingo 0, Palanas 0

QUARTER SCORES: 12-11, 38-27, 57-46, 82-74

FOURTH GAME

UST 83 – Cansino 18, Ratuiste 12, Ian 11, Baquial 10, Fornillos 9, Vince 9, Villapando 6, Navarro 4, Dela Cruz 2, Narvasa 2, Balingit 0, Morales 0

DLSZ 77 – Romero 14, Sobrevega 12, Umali 11, Chavez 8, Vesagas 7, Terrado 6, Cosejo 6, Vista 5, Carlos 4, Mariano 4, Mariano 4, Natividad 0, Laurente 0, Damiles 0, Cortez 0

QUARTER SCORES: 16-17, 33-35, 52-48, 70-70, 83-77 (OT)

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