UAAP Jrs: Tamayo rises as NU routs UST; Sotto scores 30 in Ateneo win

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 16, 2019 04:48 PM
Tamayo rises as NU routs UST; Sotto scores 30 in Ateneo win
Carl Tamayo was a two-way force as NU made quick work of UST.

STANDINGS
NU 8-1
FEU-Diliman 7-2
Ateneo 6-3
Adamson 6-3
UST 4-5
DLSZ 3-6
UE 1-8
UPIS 1-8

Nazareth School of National University is alone atop the leaderboard of the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament – and Carl Tamayo was yet to play consistently.

That was until Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre where Tamayo turned in his third straight strong showing in the Bullpups’ 94-66 domination of University of Sto. Tomas.

The versatile big man had battled a nagging right ankle injury in the first round and was only able to play four out of seven games.

He has now played in three games in a row, however, and this latest one was his best yet.

Tamayo scored 15 points in efficient 6-of-8 shooting and also added four rebounds and three assists as NU got off a strong 23-7 start and never looked back.

Cyril Gonzales and Terrence Fortea chipped in 16 and 14 points, respectively, while team captain Gerry Abadiano posted a 14-marker, 10-rebound double-double in their third consecutive victory and eighth overall in nine games.

At the other end, Abadiano, Harold Alarcon, and Ernest Felicilda took turns in frustrating Tiger Cubs super rookie Mark Nonoy who scored 26 points, but also shot 4-of-19 from the field and turned the ball over five times.

Despite the shooting woes, Nonoy also still had seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals while Bismarck Lina contributed 12 points and eight boards. They just had no answer for anything and everything the Bullpups were throwing at them, however, and fell to 4-5 in the standings.

Meanwhile, Ateneo de Manila University arrested its two-game slide at the expense of University of the East, 82-59.

Kai Sotto pounded in 30 points and eight rebounds while fellow big man David Diaz posted a 12-marker, 14-board double-double as the Blue Eaglets finally returned to their winning ways after a month.

Floor leader Forthsky Padrigao, in his first game back coming from a bout with appendicitis, set it all up for the defending champions with 12 assists to go along with two points, nine rebounds, and two steals.

Following back-to-back losses to NU, they now stand still tied for third at 6-3.

Shane Dichoso had 15 points to top the scoring column for the 1-8 Junior Warriors.

BOX SCORES

THIRD GAME

NU 94 – Gonzales 16, Tamayo 15, Fortea 14, Abadiano 12, Quiambao 8, Buensalida 7, Vinoya 5, Mailim 4, Felicilda 3, Torres 2, Dayrit 2, Javillonar 2, Abiera 2, Alarcon 1, Enriquez 1, Songcuya 0.

UST 66 – Nonoy 26, Lina 12, Sumabat 8, Casingcasing 5, Amador 5, Oliva 4, Marzan 3, Dolendo 2, Manabat 1, Barranco 0, Benzonan 0, Dumlao 0, Estrella 0, Javier 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 23-7, 38-28, 66-51, 94-66.

FOURTH GAME

ATENEO 82 – Sotto 30, Diaz 12, Chiu 10, David 8, Espinosa 5, Jaymalin 5, Fetalvero 3, Padrigao 2, Coo 2, Salandanan 2, Lechoncito 2, Ladimo 1, De Ayre 0, Pangilinan 0, Narciso 0, Corral 0.

UE 59 – Dichoso 15, Almacen 9, Manaug 7, Villarta 6, Flores 6, Alinsoring 5, Agbas 5, Sullano 4, Lima 2, Tajonera 0, Santos 0, Gatdula 0, Mendoza 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 22-11, 40-28, 64-50, 82-59.

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