National U closes in on elims sweep of UAAP 82 boys bball

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 02, 2020 01:24 PM
National U closes in on elims sweep of UAAP 82 boys bball
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STANDINGS
Bullpups 13-0
Baby Tamaraws 11-1
Blue Eaglets 7-5
Baby Falcons 7-6
Tiger Cubs 6-6
Jr. Archers 3-9
Jr. Warriors 3-10
Jr. Maroons 0-13

Nazareth School of National University’s quest is far from over - in fact, it is about to face is toughest test yet in the UAAP 82 Boys Basketball Tournament.

The balanced Bullpups overwhelmed overmatched University of the Philippines Integrated School, 113-76, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre, to move one step away from an elimination round sweep.

The last team standing in the way of the defending champions’ automatic advance into the Finals, however? Second-running Far Eastern University-Diliman.

"Kung makakapag-sweep, okay, pero kami naman, kung anong game lang yung nasa harap, doon lang kami naka-focus," head coach Goldwin Monteverde. "Pero kung makaka-sweep, hopefully, ganun mangyari."

National U got all the momentum it needed in this one as it counted five players in double-digits led by Steve Nash Enriquez and Terrence Fortea who each had 17 points.

Gerry Abadiano also added 12 points and six rebounds as Kevin Quiambao and Carl Tamayo dominated as always for a combined 20 markers and 17 rebounds.

The Bullpups broke the game wide open with a 33-point third quarter for the double-digit lead they never relinquished en route to their 13th consecutive victory in as many games. "Masama yung laro ng first group namin nung simula so humabol kami with our second and third groups. Yung starters, bumawi rin naman nung third quarter," coach Gold said.

For the Jr. Maroons, Jordi Gomez de Liano topped the scoring column with 27 points, including six triples.

They have one last shot at avoiding a winless season when they take on University of the East in the last game day.

The last game day will be all-important as well for Adamson High School which took care of business against University of the East, 124-68.

John Erolon was on-point for 27 points on top of six rebounds, five assists, and three steals while Didat Hanapi chimed in his own 19 markers, five boards, four dimes, and two pilfers for the Baby Falcons' third win in a row.

Now at 7-6, they are hoping that University of Sto. Tomas loses in its ongoing matchup opposite FEU-Diliman to be assured of at least a playoff for a place in the next round.

Whatever happens, however, Adamson is also hoping to score one against Ateneo de Manila High School on Wednesday to avoid any complications in its playoff push.

CJ Austria paced the now 3-10 Jr. Warriors with 22 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

NU 113 - Enriquez 17, Fortea 17, Abadiano 12, Quiambao 10, Tamayo 10, Torres 8, Laure 7, Duremdes 6, Felicilda 6, Mailim 6, Tulabut 6, Alarcon 5, Songcuya 3, Abiera 0

UPIS 76 - Gomez de Liano 27, Torres 18, Torculas 17, Dimaculangan 10, Canillas 4, Armamento 0, Avinado 0, Lopez 0

QUARTER SCORES: 27-26, 51-42, 84-57, 113-76

SECOND GAME

ADAMSON 124 - Erolon 27, Hanapi 18, Dominguez 17, Guarino 10, Quinal 10, Cosal 9, Barcelona 8, Figueroa 8, Abdulla 5, Nitura 5, Gonzaga 3, Tulabut 3, Dubouzete 0, Ignacio 0, Ocangas 0

UE 68 - Austria 22, Montecalvo 10, Montecastro 10, Cruz 8, Marasigan 7, Caliwag 4, Mara 4, Castillo 2, Pelipel 1, Cabili 0, Peralta 0, San Juan 0, Serrano 0

QUARTER SCORES: 33-14, 65-36, 96-53, 124-68

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