Fortea fires up Bullpups in Finals Game 1 domination of Baby Tams
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 06, 2020 05:12 PM
(Photo by Arvin Lim)
Nothing was going right for Nazareth School of National University in Game 1 of the UAAP 82 Boys Basketball Tournament Finals as it took time to get going after a one-month layoff.
That was until Terrence Fortea was sent in.
Going online from the very moment he came off the bench, Fortea energized the Bullpups back to life as they ultimately had all the answers for very game Far Eastern University-Diliman, 79-61, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.
The defending champions scored the first basket as well as a bonus before the Baby Tamaraws rang off 17 unanswered points for what was, all of a sudden, a double-digit lead following the first five minutes. "Nawala kami nung first part. We started slow lalo sa defensive end, pero buti na lang, nag-pick up," head coach Goldwin Monteverde said.
It was at that point, though, that the sparkplug guard was sent in and scored six points in a 14-5 run that made it a close contest once more with National U just down, 17-22. "'Di kami nag-expect na everything will be perfect. Whatever challenges, we'll face it as a team," coach Gold said.
Gerry Abadiano then brought the backup and dropped 10 points in the second quarter, including back-to-back baskets that put them up, 37-29.
The Bullpups’ lead would only swell to as big as 25 points the rest of the way.
In the end, Fortea scored 24 points, all but eight coming in the first half, while Abadiano contributed 14 markers, seven rebounds, and four assists.
Twin towers Kevin Quiambao and Carl Tamayo then owned the paint as each posted a 12-point, 14-rebound double-double while Nat Tulabut came off the bench to chip in 10 markers, eight boards, and a standout defensive effort on Cholo Anonuevo.
The championship, as well as a rare season sweep, is within reach for the blue and gold as they head into Game 2 on Monday still at the same venue.
Anonuevo topped the scoring column for FEU-Diliman with 13 points, but he only had two points in the second half. The defense was more merciless for top gun Penny Estacio who was held to just six markers in 1-of-17 shooting from the field.
NU 79 - Fortea 24, Abadiano 14, Quiambao 12, Tamayo 12, Tulabut 10, Felicilda 3, Alarcon 2, Torres 2, Enriquez 0
FEU-DILIMAN 61 - Anonuevo 13, Bautista 10, Pasaol 10, Libago 8, Bagunu 7, Estacio 6, Sleat 4, Padrones 3, Saldua 0
QUARTER SCORES: 17-22, 43-36, 67-48, 79-61
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