Bullpups send statement at Baby Tams' expense, sweep UAAP 82 elims

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 05, 2020 06:08 PM
Bullpups send statement at Baby Tams' expense, sweep elims
(Photo courtesy of UAAP)

STANDINGS
Bullpups 14-0 (Finals)
Baby Tamaraws 12-2 (twice-to-beat)
Blue Eaglets 8-6 (semifinals)
Baby Falcons 8-6 (semifinals)
Tiger Cubs 7-7
Jr. Warriors 3-11
Jr. Archers 3-11
Jr. Maroons 1-13

Nazareth School of National University broke no sweat facing its toughest test in the UAAP 82 Boys Basketball Tournament, having all the answers against second-running Far Eastern University-Diliman for an 80-73 win, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

Needing just one more win to sweep the elimination round, the Bullpups took control right from tip-off and never let it go.

Terrence Fortea was online all game long and wound up with 17 points while Reyland Torres was the workhorse as always and had for himself 16 markers, nine rebounds, and three assists.

The defending champions dominated the first three quarters and were up 71-40 entering the final frame.

The Baby Tamaraws kept coming, however, and battled back to within six, 71-77, inside the last three minutes. "Medyo may lapses nung fourth quarter. We had 27 turnovers and gust ko nga malaman ilan dun yung sa fourth," head coach Goldwin Monteverde said.

National U just went back to basics, however, as all five players on the floor touched the ball before Ernest Felicilda hit a booming triple that silenced the green and gold.

They had no more makes from that point, but their defense stood strong and ultimately raised their record to a perfect 14-0 at the end of elims. "It's an accomplishment, siyempre, pero yung importante pa rin naman, yung dulo. We have to finish what we started," coach Gold said of the accomplishment they just missed on in their title run a year ago.

With that, the Bullpups automatically advance into the Finals where they will await the ultimate winner in the ensuing stepladder playoffs.

FEU-Diliman will still have a twice-to-beat advantage in the next round and will first await the victor in the knockout bout between third-seed Ateneo de Manila High School and fourth-seed Adamson High School a week from now.

Patrick Sleat fronted their effort in this one with 17 points, five rebounds, and four assists as top gun Penny Estacio was held in check for only 12 markers in 4-of-14 shooting.

It also didn't help the Baby Tams that Cholo Anonuevo left the game in the first half due to an apparent leg injury.

BOX SCORES

FOURTH GAME

NU 80 - Fortea 17, Torres 16, Abadiano 11, Alarcon 9, Felicilda 7, Quiambao 7, Tamayo 5, Enriquez 4, Buensalida 2, Tulabut 2, Duremdes 0, Laure 0, Mailim 0

FEU-DILIMAN 73 - Sleat 17, Estacio 12, Padrones 11, Bagunu 8, Pasaol 7, Saldua 7, Bautista 6, Libago 5, Anonuevo 0, Basilio 0, Mantua 0, Remogat 0

QUARTER SCORES: 24-13, 43-12, 71-40, 80-73

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