Bullpups score twice-to-beat; Adamson sends statement vs UST

Bullpups score twice-to-beat; Adamson sends statement vs UST
NU is now assured of a top two finish in the elimination round

STANDINGS
Ateneo 11-0
NU 10-2
FEU-Diliman 6-5
UST 6-6
Adamson 6-6
DLSZ 3-8
UPIS 3-8
UE 1-11

Nazareth School of National University has avenged its shock loss to University of the East in the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

On the back of another double-double from Rhayyan Amsali, the Bullpups breezed their way to a wire-to-wire 83-64 victory versus the Junior Warriors on Sunday at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City.

Amsali posted 13 points and 11 rebounds in just 19 minutes of action to lead his team to its 10th win in 12 games.

Dropping 27 points in the first quarter and never looking back, NU’s latest win keeps it undefeated in the second round and secures for them a twice-to-beat advantage in the succeeding round.

This latest win was also a bit more satisfying as it lets them get back at one of the two teams that have given them a mark in the loss column.

A month ago, the UAAP overturned the Bullpups’ season-opening triumph over UE after the former fielded in an ineligible player.

This time around, there were no complications as they shot 41 percent from the field while suffocating their opponents to a 27 percent clip.

As NU continued to march forward, University of Sto. Tomas took another step back, falling to very game Adamson High School, 74-91.

Joem Sabandal stuffed the stat sheet with 20 points, eight assists, eight rebounds, and one steal and had three other teammates join him in double-digits.

Holding on to a one-point lead after the second quarter, the Baby Falcons caught fire after halftime and pumped in 37 points for a 74-54 lead heading into the final frame.

There, Doria brothers Andrey an Adam then did the most damage and wound up with 22 and 18 points, respectively.

The win is Adamson’s first at the expense of the erstwhile top four teams in the tournament. It puts them on even ground with the Tiger Cubs for the fourth spot, with both teams at 6-6.

On the other hand, the downward spiral continues for UST which suffered its fourth setback in the last five games.

CJ Cansino yet again gave his all with 32 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks, but yet again didn’t find help from his teammates.

From fighting for a playoff incentive, the boys from Espana now find themselves fighting for a playoff berth.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

ADAMSON 91 – Doria An 22, Sabandal 20, Hanapi 18, Doria Ad 15, Manlapaz 6, Santos 5, Prodigo 3, Canoy 2, Engbino 0

UST 74 – Cansino 32, Lina 11, Baquial 10, Palencia 7, Benzonan 4, Dolendo 3, Manabat 3, Narvasa 2, Anunciacion 2, Relucio 0, Villapando 0, Estrella 0

QUARTER SCORES: 19-16, 37-36, 74-54, 91-74

SECOND GAME

NU 83 – Amsali 13, Minerva 10, Malonzo 8, Javillonar 7, Fortea 7, Gonzales 6, Vinoya 6, Oczon 5, Coyoca 5, Manalang 4, Felicida 4, Dayrit 4, Pradella 2, Pangilinan 2

UE 64 – Dichoso 27, Dulalia 13, Miranda 6, Policarpio 6, Vinte 4, Lopez 3, Villarta 2, Santos 2, Tajonera 1, Angeles 0, Almacen 0, Varon 0

QUARTER SCORES: 27-14, 51-33, 69-52, 83-64

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