Balanced Bullpups sweep Sotto-led Eaglets in UAAP Jrs. eliminations

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 13, 2019 05:16 PM
Balanced Bullpups sweep Sotto-led Eaglets in UAAP Jrs. elims
NU and Ateneo went at it for the second straight game - and the same story held true

STANDINGS
NU 7-1
FEU-Diliman 6-2
Ateneo 5-3
Adamson 5-3
UST 4-4
DLSZ 3-5
UE 1-7
UPIS 1-7

Yet again, Carl Tamayo came up big for Nazareth School of National University in its heavyweight bout against Ateneo de Manila High School in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

Tamayo’s basket and bonus quelled the Blue Eaglets’ late uprising and carried the Bullpups to a hard fought 78-71 decision on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The versatile big man only had seven points to go along with nine rebounds, but it was his offensive board and ensuing short stab that re-increased his team’s slim one-point margin into a 73-69 lead. “Good thing he converted it kasi he was in and out kanina,” head coach Goldwin Monteverde said post-game.

Still, the defending champions had 46.3 ticks to go and Forthsky Padrigao’s scoop shot was able to pull them within two points.

It was at that point, however, that Ernest Felicilda’s steady hands from the line joined forces with a stout defense to put the game away for NU.

Felicilda wound up with 14 points, four coming from the free throw line in the last 27 seconds, on top of six assists, five rebounds, and four steals.

Gerry Abadiano and Terrence Fortea also added 16 points apiece as the Bullpups started the second round by downing Ateneo – the same story from how they finished the first round.

Now at 7-1, they have also widened the distance between them and now second-running Far Eastern University-Diliman.

Nonetheless, coach Gold said they haven’t won anything just yet. “It’s just part of the war. We still have six games to go in the eliminations and ang importante ngayon, our next game,” he said.

Sotto paced the Blue Eaglets with 24 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks. He was well-defended in the endgame, however, and saw his side fall to their rivals for the second straight time.

In the day’s other game, the University of the Philippines Integrated School finally got a taste of victory after downing De La Salle Zobel, 64-56.

Rookie Allen Torres scored 22 points, including a pair of booming threes inside the last five minutes, while graduating guard Polo Labao did it all with 18 markers, nine rebounds, six assists, and five steals to make sure the Junior Maroons improved to 1-7.

On the other hand, the Junior Archers dropped to 3-5 following the shock loss.

BOX SCORES

THIRD GAME

UPIS 64 – Torres 22, Labao 18, Tuazon 12, Estrera 4, Vergeire 4, Gomez de Liano 4, Galotera 0, Cordero 0, Lopez 0

DLSZ 56 – Macasaet 18, Jomalesa 15, Pingol 5, Subido 4, Sevilla 4, Milan 3, Villarin 3, Cudiamat 2, Buncayo 2, Luna 0, Unisa 0

QUARTER SCORES: 15-12, 23-24, 50-41, 64-56

FOURTH GAME

NU 78 – Abadiano 16, Fortea 16, Felicida 14, Quiambao 10, Gonzales 8, Tamayo 7, Torres 5, Javilonar 2, Dayrit 0, Mailim 0, Alarcon 0, Enriquez 0.

ATENEO 71 – Sotto 24, Chiu 12, Padrigao 12, Espinosa 8, David 6, Jaymalin 3, Diaz 2, Fetalvero 2, Salandanan 2, Coo 0, Zyrus 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 11-13, 36-35, 57-52, 78-71.

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