UAAP: NU barges back into Finals after Fortea burns down Adamson

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 15, 2019 03:38 PM
NU barges back into Finals after Fortea burns down Adamson
Terrence Fortea was simply unstoppable in NU's Final Four showdown with Adamson

Nazareth School of National University’s first and only loss in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament came at the hands of Adamson High School.

Terrence Fortea made sure they exacted revenge in the second round and then made sure they continued their dominance in the rubber match, pouring in 30 points in the Bullpups’ 94-72 romp over the Baby Falcons in the Final Four on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Fortea sprinkled a total of seven triples all throughout, dancing around whoever was put in front of him and then delivering the goods for now Finals-bound NU. This will be the eighth year in a row they will be there.

Just at halftime, the scoring dynamo already had 22 points to his name while also turning in a buzzer-beating stepback triple. “He really played well talaga. Day in, day out naman, he tries his best, he plays his best,” head coach Goldwin Monteverde said.

With that highlight, the Bullpups built up a 19-point lead which will only come down to 13 points the rest of the way.

Backstopping Fortea was Cyril Gonzales and Gerry Abadiano who had 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Now, they gear up for the championship round where they will meet either Ateneo de Manila High School or Far Eastern University-Diliman.

A year ago, they were denied a championship by the Blue Eaglets.

In the last eight seasons, however, it has been NU which has dominated, with Jeff Napa guiding them to three championships.

This time around, coach Goldwin has a golden opportunity to win his first-ever championship in the UAAP. “We do our best every day. Regardless kung ano mangyayari, we give our best lang,” he said.

Didat Hanapi paced Adamson with 19 points. Main man Joem Sabandal was limited by foul trouble and only had seven points, five rebounds, and five assists.

BOX SCORES

NU 94 – Fortea 30, Gonzales 13, Abadiano 11, Quiambao 8, Felicilda 7, Torres 6, Tamayo 4, Dayrit 3, Alarcon 3, Mailim 3, Enriquez 2, Vinoya 2, Buensalida 1, Javillonar 1, Abiera 0, Songcuya 0.

ADAMSON 72 – Hanapi 19, Manlapaz 12, Guarino 11, An. Doria 8, Ad. Doria 7, Engbino 7, Sabandal 7, Capulong 1, Prodigo 0, Barcelona 0, Dominguez 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 30-18, 54-35, 76-56, 94-72.

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