Bullpups survive Cansino’s 35-point outburst to stay spotless
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 26, 2017 03:13 PM
EXPERIENCE. Rhayyan Amsali and NU's poise proved to be the difference against vastly-improved CJ Cansino and UST.
CJ Cansino could not be stopped whenever he had the ball on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
And so, Nazareth School of National University made sure the ball didn’t go to him.
Turning on the pressure cooker in the last eight minutes, the Bullpups battled back from a 15-point deficit to come away with an 89-85 well-earned win against vastly-improved University of Sto. Tomas.
On the back of a massive 32-point final frame, the Sampaloc-based squad remained undefeated after three games in the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament.
That didn’t look like it was going to be the case early on, however, as Cansino went online right from tip-off.
It was also the second-year forward’s personal 6-0 run that put up the biggest lead of the game for the Tiger Cubs, 75-60, early in the final frame.
Coming off a timeout, however, NU’s full-court press went into full effect and did not allow any of the opposing guards to cross the ball over to their side of the court. Terrence Fortea then waxed hot and dropped three long-range missiles in the 21-5 blast that, all of a sudden, boosted them ahead, 81-80.
Cansino and Bismarck Lina made good on three of four free throws to take the lead back for UST only to see the Bullpups force three turnovers in a row and convert three baskets in a row for an 86-83 advantage.
Still, Kobe Palencia kept the boys from Espana coming, but another turnover finalized their fate once and for all.
In all, NU stymied their opponents to the tune of 26 turnovers that were quickly converted into 28 points.
They counted four players in double-digits led by Rhayyan Amsali who had 17 points to go along with 10 rebounds, five steals, and two assists. Fortea and Migs Oczon also added 16 and 12 points, respectively.
Those were more than enough to overcome a big day from the Tiger Cubs’ do-it-all wing who had a career-high 35 points on top of 12 rebounds, five assists, and two steals.
With players not named Cansino only combining for five points in the payoff period, however, they suffered their first setback after a 2-0 start to the season.
NU 89 – Amsali 17, Fortea 16, Oczon 12, Gonzales 12, Manalang 8, Javillonar 7, Malonzo 4, Minerva 4, Coyoca 3, Felicida 2, Pangilinan 2, Dayrit 2
UST 85 – Cansino 35, Lina 10, Narvasa 10, Co 8, Baquial 6, Anunciacion 6, Palencia 6, Manabat 3, Biag 1, Esplana 0, Villapando 0, Dolendo 0
QUARTER SCORES: 23-22, 39-47, 57-69, 89-85
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