Bullpups reign supreme with six spots in UAAP NBTC 24

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 19, 2020 04:04 PM
Bullpups reign supreme with six spots in UAAP NBTC 24
(Photos by UAAP, Arvin Lim)

Nazareth School of National University won each and every game in the UAAP 82 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

So dominant were the Bullpups that their average winning margin against Far Eastern University-Diliman, their closest competitor and the tournament's other Finalist, was 11.5.

And so, it just followed that the blue and gold also dominated the Final UAAP NBTC 24 for this year.

Six of the top 24 players in the tournament hail from National U led by Kevin Quiambao who rode his consistent strong showings all the way to no. 1.

Not that far behind is twin tower Carl Tamayo at third while gunslinging guard Terrence Fortea and floor leader Gerry Abadiano are at ninth and 12th, respectively.

Reyland Torres was ranked 14th and Ernest Felicilda registered at 19th as both players did the dirty work for the Bullpups all season long.

Despite missing the Finals for the first time in four years, Ateneo de Manila High School remained a fertile ground for promising prospects, sending four players into the high school rankings.

The Blue Eaglets' awesome twosome of versatile forwards in Josh Lazaro and Lebron Lopez stand at no. 4 and 7, respectively, while primetime playmaker Forthsky Padrigao was at no. 10 and fearless guard Ian Espinosa was at 24.

Also with four representatives in the UAAP NBTC 24 is Far Eastern University-Diliman in the form of Penny Estacio, Cholo Anonuevo, Patrick Sleat, and Jorick Bautista.

Season MVP Jake Figueroa fronted Adamson High School's contingent that also counted Matty Erolon and Joshua Barcelona.

All of University of Sto. Tomas, the University of the Philippines Integrated School, and De La Salle Zobel sent two players into the high school rankings while one University of the East Jr. Warrior made the cut as well.

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