Bullpups survive Padrigao's outburst, stay spotless in UAAP 82
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 12, 2020 05:21 PM
(Photo courtesy of UAAP)
Baby Tamaraws 7-1
Tiger Cubs 4-4
Baby Falcons 4-4
Blue Eaglets 4-4
Jr. Archers 3-5
Jr. Warriors 2-6
Jr. Maroons 0-8
Nazareth School of National University was pushed to its limit, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre, but still found a way to come through to an eighth win in as many games in the UAAP 82 Juniors Baskeball Tournament.
Ernest Felicilda's timely baskets, Kevin Quiambao's resolve to regroup, Carl Tamayo's steady hands, and some sort of luck all connived to will the Bullpups right through very game Ateneo de Manila University, 81-78.
Felicilda scored three of his 12 points in the last four minutes to jumpstart the charge that broke off a tied tally of 72-all and built up a 79-72 lead for the defending champions.
Forthsky Padrigao was just on fire in the second half, however, and again shot the Blue Eaglets within one, 78-79, with under two minutes left.
After forcing a turnover on Quiambao, the kids from Katipunan even had a golden opportunity to take the lead, but Lebron Lopez botched a dunk attempt.
Joaquin Jaymalin got the offensive rebound, but his shot was swatted away by Quiambao who made sure to make up for his mistake. That block was his third of the game and the cherry on top of the cake that was a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double.
Not long after, Tamayo was sent to the line where he made good on both for a three-point edge.
Ateneo still had 4.8 ticks to go on the clock, but Jaymalin's triple try fell short. "We really tried to cover the three-points kasi we were up by three," head coach Goldwin Monteverde said post-game.
In the end, Felicilda also added seven rebounds and four assists while Terrence Fortea topped the scoring column with 17 markers of his own.
All of that let National U withstand a season-high 30 points from Padrigao as well as Lopez's 17 markers and nine rebounds and Josh Lazaro's 10 points and 16 boards.
Put to their toughest test yet, the Bullpups know full well they have much room for improvement despite an immaculate 8-0 standing.
Still breathing down the neck of league-leading National U is Far Eastern University-Diliman which stamped its class on Adamson High School, 67-59.
Penny Estacio kept up the fire with 25 points built on five triples while Chiolo Anonuevo did it all with 12 markers, five assists, and four rebounds as the Baby Tamaraws took charge right from tip-off and built up a lead of as much as 19.
The Baby Falcons kept coming until the final frame, but were turned back each and every time by Estacio, Anonuevo, and Jorick Bautista who wound up with 11 points of his own.
From a season-opening loss, FEU-Diliman has now rang off seven straight wins to strengthen its stranglehold on solo second.
On the other hand, Adamson has dropped back-to-back games to fall to a three-way tie for third-place at 4-4. Joshua Barcelona fronted their effort with 17 points as MVP leader John Figueroa misfired with only eight points on top of 14 rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Now standing on level ground with Adamson and Ateneo is University of Sto. Tomas which mangled University of the East, 90-63, behind the breakout game of Rojan Montemayor who scored 19 points.
Bismarck Lina also posted a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double in the Tiger Cubs' back-to-back wins that boosted their bid for the playoffs with a share of third to fifth in the leaderboard.
Meanwhile, De La Salle Zobel also breathed some life into its playoff hopes with a 94-81 triumph over still winless the University of the Philippines Integrated School.
Kean Baclaan starred with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists as the Jr. Archers rose to 3-5. The Jr. Maroons, conversely, remained luckless after eight games.
UST 90 - Montemayor 19, Lina 13, Escoto 12, Refuerzo-Cortez 9, Ascutia 7, Villarez 7, Maliwat 6, Bugarin 5, Salazar 4, Biag 2, Calivozo 2, Javier 2, Oliva 2, Bautista 0.
UE 64 - Montecalvo 16, Cruz 10, Pelipel 9, San Juan 6, Mara 5, Marasigan 5, Montecastro 5, Ortiz 5, Peralta 2, Cabili 0, Caliwag 0, Castillo 0, Serrano 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 20-14, 37-32, 66-51, 90-63.
FEU-DILIMAN 67 - Estacio 25, Anonuevo 12, Bautista 11, Padrones 7, Pasaol 6, Saldua 4, Libago 2, Bagunu 0, Basilio 0, Buenaventura 0, Sleat 0.
ADAMSON 59 - Barcelona 17, Erolon 13, Figueroa 8, Abdulla 7, Hanapi 5, Nitura 4, Ignacio 2, Tulabut 2, Quinal 1, Dubouzete 0, Ocangcas 0, Timbancaya 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 22-17, 36-28, 59-43, 67-59.
DLSZ 94 - Baclaan 18, Quimado 17, Dalisay 14, Macasaet 10, Omer 10, Cudiamat 8, Unisa 7, Tupas 6, Del Mundo 2, Milan 2, Luna 0, Melecio 0, Reyes 0.
UPIS 81 - Torres 29, Gomez de Liano 20, Torculas 11, Canillas 10, Dimaculangan 9, Jacob 2, Avinado 0, Lopez 0, Morelejo 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 13-23, 42-45, 70-64, 94-81.
NU 81 - Fortea 17, Felicilda 12, Quiambao 12, Alarcon 9, Abadiano 7, Tamayo 7, Songcuya 5, Buensalida 4, Torres 4, Enriquez 2, Mailim 2, Abiera 0, Laure 0, Tulabut 0.
ATENEO 78 - Padrigao 30, Lopez 17, Lazaro 10, Jaymalin 9, Ladimo 4, G. Salvador 4, Rubiato 2, Espinosa 1, Pangilinan 1, De Ayre 0, Nieto 0, M. Salvador 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 21-22, 40-40, 65-57, 81-78.
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