Powerhouse Bullpups crush upstart Tiger Cubs by 34 points

Powerhouse Bullpups crush upstart Tiger Cubs by 34 points
Paul Manalang turned in his best game in the UAAP just in time for NU's best win in Season 80

STANDINGS
Ateneo 10-0
NU 8-2
UST 5-5
FEU-Diliman 5-5
Adamson 5-5
DLSZ 3-7
UPIS 3-7
UE 1-9

Nazareth School of National University is yet to have a statement win in the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

That was true, at least until Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Graduating guard Paul Manalang dropped a career-high 25 points to lead a total of six Bullpups in double-digits in their 34-point blowout of University of Sto. Tomas, 109-75.

The winning margin was, by far, the biggest of the season for the Sampaloc-based squad.

And it doesn’t hurt either that their ninth win in 11 games came at the expense of a fellow playoff hopeful.

The Tiger Cubs actually got off to a strong start and had a one-point lead after the opening salvo only to see Manalang catch fire and burn the nets with 13 points in the second quarter.

The court general kept it up in the third, scoring 10 more points to front NU’s 30-point quarter.

There just wasn’t any stopping them from that point as they kept their foot on the throat of their opponents until the final buzzer.

Rhayyan Amsali chipped in 13 points, nine rebounds, and four assists in just 18 minutes while backup guards Terrence Fortea and Winderlich Coyoca also added 12 markers apiece for the Bullpups.

With the convincing victory, they strengthened their stranglehold on solo second while also sending UST to its third consecutive defeat.

NU’s dominance was so clear that Tiger Cubs’ mentor Chris Cantonjos waved the white flag at the midway mark of the final frame, pulling out MVP leader CJ Cansino.

Cansino only had 13 points and six rebounds in this one – his lowest points and rebounds output in the tournament. He was unable to do anything to prevent his team’s drop to 5-5.

Now tied with UST and defending champion Far Eastern University-Diliman for the fourth spot is Adamson High School which pecked University of the East, 72-66.

Joem Sabandal had for himself a mighty rebound from a one-point outing the last time around with 20 points, seven assists, and six rebounds in this one. Now at 5-5, the rebuilding Baby Falcons are the season’s surprise contenders.

In the day’s other game, University of the Philippines Integrated School notched back-to-back wins at the expense of De La Salle Zobel, 71-69.

The Junior Maroons and the Junior Archers are now tied at 3-7 while the Junior Warriors fell to 1-9.

BOX SCORES

SECOND GAME

NU 109 – Manalang 25, Amsali 13, Fortea 12, Coyoca 12, Oczon 10, Malonzo 10, Javillonar 9, Gonzales 6, Minerva 6, Pradella 4, Pangilinan 2, Felicida 0, Dayrit 0, Vinoya 0

UST 75 – Cansino 13, Palencia 13, Dolendo 10, Lina 7, Baquial 6, Narvasa 6, Manabat 6, Benzonan 5, Anunciacion 5, Esplana 2, Estrella 2, Dela Cruz 0, Villapando 0, Biag 0, Co 0

QUARTER SCORES: 25-26, 50-41, 80-61, 109-75

THIRD GAME

ADAMSON 72 – Sabandal 20, Manlapaz 16, Doria Ad 7, Doria An 4, Engbino 4, Baculio 4, Perez 4, Canoy 3, Santos P 2, Padilla O 2, Hanapi 2, Santos R 2, Sevilla 2, Prodigo 0, Padilla A 0

UE 66 – Dulalia 23, Miranda 10, Dichoso 9, Angeles 7, Vinte 6, Policarpio 6, Tajonera 3, Almacen 2, Villarta 0

QUARTER SCORES: 12-12, 22-31, 45-57, 72-66

FOURTH GAME

UPIS 71 – Gregorio 17, Labao Ral 15, Labao Raf 15, Santiago 7, Estrera 7, Tupaz 6, Villareal 4, Vergeire 0, Lopez 0

DLSZ 69 – Carlos 18, Calimag 17, Cosejo 16, Cortez 9, Vesagas 4, Pascual 3, Santos 2, Buncayo 0, Escandor 0, Barcuma 0, Terrado 0, Bonalos 0, Chavez 0, Udal 0, Favis 0

QUARTER SCORES: 23-12, 36-26, 47-50, 71-69

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