UAAP 82: Tamayo wills perfect Bullpups to first triumphant title defense
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 09, 2020 05:13 PM
(Photo by Arvin Lim) (FILE PHOTO)
Nazareth School of National University now owns five of the last nine championships in the UAAP Boys Basketball Tournament.
However, Season 82 is the first time they have won back-to-back titles.
Carl Tamayo made sure of that as the Bullpups still had the number of Far Eastern University-Diliman, 87-80, in Game 2 of the Finals, Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre.
Tamayo was brilliant all throughout and his 26-point, 22-rebound double-double powered the defending champions to perfection as they swept the championship round in the same way they swept the eliminations.
Gerry Abadiano backstopped the talented tower with 20 points, five rebounds, and three assists while Terrence Fortea scored 12 markers of his own on top of four dimes, three boards, and two steals.
While the blue and gold took charge right from tip-off, the Baby Tamaraws kept coming with Penny Estacio's basket and bonus pulling them within seven, 72-79, inside the last five minutes.
National U's championship core made their presence felt anew, however, as Kevin Quiambao's slam jam was followed by back-to-back bombs by Tamayo and Abadiano for an 87-72 lead with 2:11 remaining.
Not long after, the Bullpups were celebrating their first triumphant title defense - winning it all in Season 82 to add to their trophy collection coming from Seasons 81, 78, 76, and 74.
Along with that, they celebrated a perfect season that saw them run the gauntlet and remain unscathed after 16 games.
The Sampaloc-based school is still the only squad to get a perfect run in the Boys' Division - and this is its second time to do so following the feat by their Hubert Cani-led and Jeff Napa-coached team back in 2013.
Quiambao - who alongside Tamayo and Abadiano is graduating - contributed eight points and seven rebounds.
John Rey Pasaol topped the scoring column for FEU-Diliman with 20 points to go along with seven rebounds, five steals, and four assists while Estacio also added 17 markers.
Cholo Anonuevo contributed eight points, 11 rebounds, and five assists in his last game in high school. He is the only key cog to be graduating for the green and gold which, despite the runner-up finish, seems poised to continue contending next year.
NU 87 - Tamayo 26, Abadiano 20, Fortea 12, Quiambao 8, Alarcon 5, Tulabut 5, Enriquez 4, Torres 3, Buensalida 2, Mailim 2, Felicilda 0
FEU-DILIMAN 80 - Pasaol 20, Estacio 17, Bautista 13, Sleat 13, Anonuevo 8, Padrones 5, Libago 3, Bagunu 1, Saldua 0
QUARTER SCORES: 24-17, 53-45, 75-62, 87-80
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