Bulldogs bag last semis twice-to-beat advantage
Mark Escarlote on Mar 25, 2017 12:29 PM
Bryan Bagunas powered National University with 21 points as the Bulldogs clinched the last semis twice-to-beat advantage.
National University clinched the last semifinals twice-to-beat advantage and stretched its winning streak to nine but needed an extended fifth set to turn back the desperate De La Salle University, 25-23, 19-25, 25-15, 20-25, 16-14, Saturday in the 79th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Bryan Bagunas led two other Bulldogs in double figures, nailing 18 kills and three aces in his 21-point explosion to guide NU to a 10-1 win-loss record behind the unbeaten three-peat seeking Ateneo de Manila (11-0).
The win gave the Bulldogs a semis advantage either in a Final Four format or in a stepladder semis in case the Blue Eagles complete a sweep of the elims that will give them an outright passage to the best-of-three championship series.
Fauzi Ismail had 18 points while Season 78 rookie of the year James Natividad got 15 markers for NU, which has University of the Philippines, University of the East and Ateneo in its remaining list of assignments.
The Bulldogs chopped off an early 0-4 deficit in the fifth set with four straight points and held their ground in the tight closing stretch to put the Green Spikers on the brink of missing the cut for the last two semis berths.
DLSU slid back to 4-7 card.
Arjay Onia and Cris Dumago scored 14 and 10 points, respectively, for the Green Spikers.
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