UAAP 82: National U still on pace for season sweep; Tiger Cubs still at third

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 22, 2020 05:33 PM
NU still on pace for season sweep; Tiger Cubs still at third
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STANDINGS
Bullpups 10-0
Baby Tamaraws 9-1
Tiger Cubs 6-4
Blue Eaglets 5-5
Baby Falcons 4-6
Jr. Archers 3-7
Jr. Warriors 3-7
Jr. Maroons 0-10

With Kevin Quiambao remaining a force and Terrence Fortea rounding into form, Nazareth School of National University is still the standard in the UAAP 82 Boys Basketball Tournament.

The Bullpups proved that anew, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre, as they imposed their will on De La Salle Zobel for a resounding 100-76 rout.

Quiambao found no match for him and powered through for a 21-point, 15-rebound double-double while Fortea kept his fire burning with 20 markers.

Still, the defending champions found themselves getting challenged by the Jr. Archers and were only ahead by one at the half.

Come the third quarter, however, they restored order and outscored their opponents, 26-10.

National U only stepped harder on the pedal in the final frame en route to its 10th win in as many games.

The Bullpups also got much welcome contributions for the other guys such as Reyland Torres who had 12 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists as well as Ernest Felicilda who had 15 markers, five dimes, and four boards.

For DLSZ, Ivan Cudiamat topped the scoring column with 24 points, all from threes, while Kobe Dalisay also added 15 markers. Main man Kean Baclaan struggled, though, with just eight points in 3-of-18 shooting from the field to see his squad drop to 3-7.

In the day's other game, University of Sto. Tomas kept rolling with a convincing 88-80 victory versus Adamson High School.

Much of that was thanks to Bismarck Lina who showed he has indeed moved forward from his preseason knee injury with a 24-point, 10-rebound double-double.

Jacob Cortez then contributed an all-around 19 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals in the Tiger Cubs' fourth consecutive victory and sixth overall inn 10 games.

As they stretched their streak, the black and gold tightened their grip on third-place while also dealing the Baby Falcons their fourth loss in a row.

John Erolon fronted the effort for Adamson with 20 points while Jake Figueroa also added an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double - all of which weren't enough to prevent their drop to the sixth spot at 4-6.

BOX SCORES

THIRD GAME

UST 88 - Lina 24, Cortez 19, Montemayor 12, Ascutia 11, Villarez 10, Escoto 7, Bugarin 5, Oliva 0, Calivozo 0, Maliwat 0.

ADAMSON 80 - Erolon 20, Figueroa 18, Dominguez 13, Quinal 9, Hanapi 8, Barcelona 4, Cosal 2, Dubouzete 2, Guarino 2, Ignacio 2.

QUARTER SCORES: 21-19, 45-34, 69-60, 88-80.

FOURTH GAME

NU 100 - Quiambao 21, Fortea 20, Felicilda 15, Torres 12, Alarcon 9, Tulabut 9, Abadiano 6, Tamayo 5, Abiera 2, Buensalida 1, Enriquez 0, Mailim 0.

DLSZ 76 - Cudiamat 24, Dalisay 15, Baclaan 8, Macasaet 8, Luna 4, Quimado 4, Melecio 3, Milan 3, Unisa 3, Omer 2, Tupas 2, Del Mundo 0, Reyes 0, Sevilla 0, Villarin 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 26-19, 52-53, 78-63, 100-76.

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