NU now 3-0 vs Ateneo in UAAP 81, but Bullpups know job's far from done

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 21, 2019 05:16 PM
NU now 3-0 vs Ateneo, but Bullpups know job's far from done
Kevin Quiambao and the rest of NU need just one more win - and their fourth in as many games against Ateneo - to win the title

Game 1 of the Finals in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament was not that different from when Nazareth School of National University and Ateneo de Manila High School got it on twice before back in the elimination round.

It ended with a convincing victory for the Bullpups versus the Blue Eaglets.

With that, NU has now gone 3-0 versus Ateneo in the season, with an average winning margin of 11.3 points.

And with that, Carl Tamayo and company are one win away from a championship.

Still, they know full well that is easier said than done – as the defending champions are certain to go all-out to keep their crown. “Good job pa rin para sa amin, pero ‘di pa tapos yung laro,” the Bullpups’ own towering teen told reporters following their Game 1 win on Monday.

Indeed, as he always is, head coach Goldwin Monteverde was cool, calm, and collected even as he is on the brink of what would be his first-ever title in the UAAP – without a doubt, the crown jewel of what has been a storied high school coaching career that already counts titles in the Metro Manila Basketball League and the now-defunct Tiong Lian Basketball Association, among others.

“We just have to do what we do best,” the even-keeled mentor answered when asked about their mindset for Game 2 on Friday. “Kailangang maging consistent pa rin kami sa ginagawa namin.”

Alongside a personal milestone for coach Gold, a championship this season would give NU four of the last eight in the UAAP Juniors.

Now, that’s a dynasty.

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