Batang Gilas duo shine for NU in UAAP 81 Juniors action
Philip Matel on Nov 11, 2018 01:15 PM
NU and DLS-Zobel win their opening day games at the UAAP Season 81 juniors' basketball tournament. (Photo courtesy of FIBA)
The Nazareth School of National University (NS-NU) Bullpups opened their UAAP Season 81 Juniors' Basketball tournament campaign on a high note after holding off the FEU-Diliman Baby Tamaraws, 78-70, at the Blue Eagle Gym Sunday morning.
With the game tied at 57 following a JB Sajonia jumper from 15 feet, NS-NU held off a furious run by the Baby Tams, as Bullpup Terrence Fortea scored six straight points to keep their opponents at bay.
FEU-Diliman's RJ Abarrientos cut the lead to as close as four, 61-65, but NS-NU answered emphatically with the game-deciding 16-3 run, capped off by Harold Alarcon's fastbreak layup.
"Medyo nag-start out ng maganda yung defense namin. Na-contain namin yung FEU noong first half. Noong bandang gitna ng third quarter, medyo bumaba na naman. Siguro we have to be more consistent," NS-NU Bullpups head coach Goldwin Monteverde told ABS-CBN Sports.
NU tried to pull away initially in the first half, venturing on an 11-1 run bridging the first two quarters to lead 28-16, but the Baby Tamaraws found a way to slowly chip away the lead.
Batang Gilas duo Carl Tamayo and Gerry Abadiano had a great debut for the Season 80 runners-up, combining for 28 points. The sharpshooter Fortea meanwhile added 11 markers of his own.
Abarrientos top scored for the Baby Tamaraws with 15, while Ron Tolentino added 14.
Meanwhile, in the first game, the De La Salle-Santiago Zobel Junior Archers drew their first win of the season in a comeback win against the UE Junior Red Warriors, 66-56.
Game tied at 49 in the early goings of the fourth quarter, DLS-Zobel wrestled away the game from UE through a 15-4 run to lead 64-53.
Henrie Subido, brother of UST Growling Tiger Renzo led the way with 19 points. Lance Jomalesa, a key cog in the game-sealing run added 17 markers of his own.
For UE, Shane Dichoso paced their offese with 20 points and six rebounds, but coughed the ball nine times.
Big man Jesse Sullano meanwhile had a double-double performance of 11 points and 10 rebounds.
DLSZ (66) -- Subido 19, Jomalesa 17, Sevilla 13, Macasaet 6, Pingol 4, Villarin 3, Buncayo 2, Milan 2, Cudiamat 0, Luna 0, Marana 0.
UE (56) -- Dichoso 20, Sullano 11, Alinsoring 8, Lima 6, Manaug 5, Flores 3, Tajonera 2, Agbas 1, Almacen 0, Villarta 0, Gatdula 0, Escamilla 0.
Quarter Scores: 15-17, 35-29, 44-45, 66-56.
NS-NU (78) -- Tamayo 18, Fortea 11, Abadiano 10, Gonzales 8, Alarcon 7, Dayrit 7, Torres 6, Felicilda 5, Quiambao 5, Mailim 1, Vinoya 0, Enriquez 0, Buensalida 0.
FEU-Diliman (70) -- Abarrientos 15, Tolentino 14, Alforque 12, Anunuevo 7, Bautista 7, Sajonia 6, Ona 5, Bagunu 2, Torres 2, Libago 0, Barasi 0.
Quarter Scores: 20-16, 41-34, 54-52, 78-70.
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