Baby Tams book ticket to UAAP 82 playoffs; Lazaro lifts Ateneo to bounce back win

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 22, 2020 01:56 PM
Baby Tams book ticket to playoffs; Lazaro lifts Ateneo
(Photo courtesy of UAAP)

STANDINGS
Bullpups 9-0
Baby Tamaraws 9-1
Tiger Cubs 5-4
Blue Eaglets 5-5
Baby Falcons 4-5
Jr. Archers 3-6
Jr. Warriors 3-7
Jr. Maroons 0-10

Far Eastern University-Diliman didn't even need much from top gun Penny Estacio, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre, to stretch its streak and stake claim to a spot in the playoffs of UAAP 82 Boys Basketball.

The Baby Tamaraws used its depth to overwhelm University of the East, 70-46, for their ninth win in a row following a loss to start the season.

Patrick Sleat was the lone player in double-digits with 10 points, but six others contributed somewhere between nine and six points.

Chiolo Anonuevo, Aeron Bagunu, and Royce Mantua all chimed in nine points as FEU-Diliman bombarded their opponents from long-range to the tune of a total of nine triples.

That was more than enough for them to take a seat beside league-leading Nazareth School of National University inside the playoff picture. Both teams are now assured of at least a playoff for the next round.

This, even with a quiet outing from Estacio who only had, for his standards, six points in this one to go along with six rebounds and five assists.

Estacio's former teammate, meanwhile, made noise as Ateneo de Manila High School pounced on the University of the Philippines Integrated School, 104-84, to get back on track.

Josh Lazaro turned in his best game in blue and white with a 26-point, 13-rebound double-double to go along with three assists and three steals.

Before transferring to the UAAP, Lazaro and Estacio played together for San Beda High School in the NCAA Jrs.

Forthsky Padrigao then made his presence felt all over with five points, seven assists, six rebounds, and four steals to help the Blue Eaglets arrest a three-game slide and ascend to a 5-5 standing.

With their respective losses, the Jr. Warriors fell to 3-7 and the Jr. Maroons fell to 0-10.

FIRST GAME

ATENEO 104 - Lazaro 26, Jaymalin 15, Lopez 13, Salvador G. 11, Salvador M. 11, De Ayre 5, Padrigao 5, Diaz 4, Corral 3, Ladimo 3, Nieto 3, Felix 2, Pangilinan 2, Santos 1.

UPIS 84 - Torres 26, Torculas 13, Canillas 10, Dimaculangan 10, Cordero 9, Armamento 7, Gomez de Liano 5, Avinado 4, Abreu 0, Lopez 0, Morelejo 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 21-20, 48-44, 77-62, 104-84.

SECOND GAME

FEU-DILIMAN 70 - Sleat 10, Anonuevo 9, Bagunu 9, Mantua 9, Saldua 7, Estacio 6, Pasaol 6, Bautista 4, Libago 4, Fonseca 2, Remogat 2, San Pablo 2, Basilio 0, Buenaventura 0, Jimenez 0, Padrones 0.

UE 46 - Austria 21, Marasigan 6, Cruz 5, Ortiz 4, Castillo 3, Montecastro 3, Mara 2, Serrano 2, Cabili 0, Caliwag 0, Montecalvo 0, Pelipel 0, San Juan 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 11-9, 26-13, 48-30, 70-46.

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