MANILA, Philippines – National University (NU)-Nazareth School needed a big fourth quarter to hold off Adamson University, 94-79, in the UAAP Season 82 high school boys' basketball tournament on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Bullpups racked up their ninth win in as many games, but they had to dig deep to secure the victory.
"Alam namin na lalaban ang Adamson," said NU coach Goldwin Monteverde. "Pero buti noong fourth, nakuha ng bigs namin 'yung rhythm nila."
NU led by just three points, 69-66, with 8:26 to go before the Bullpups unleashed a 12-2 run to pull away. Big men Carl Tamayo and Kevin Quiambao did the work inside the paint, while Terrence Fortea contributed a couple of three-pointers in the run.
Fortea finished with 25 points, making seven three-pointers, along with 6 assists and 4 rebounds.
"Si Terrence naman, kahit naging ganoon 'yung first round, andoon pa rin 'yung trust namin," Monteverde said about his veteran guard, who averaged just 12.57 points in the first round of the tournament.
Tamayo tallied 18 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks, while Quiambao added 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, seven boards, four assists, and two steals. Reyland Torres added 15 points and eight rebounds.
After being limited to just eight points against Far Eastern University (FEU) last week, leading MVP candidate John Figueroa bounced back with 16 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and three steals for Adamson, which dropped to 4-5 -- creating a logjam with Ateneo de Manilla High Schol at the fourth and fifth spot.
FEU, on the other hand, remained at second after locking down Ateneo in the final frame to take a 67-57 triumph.
The Baby Tamaraws limited the Blue Eaglets to just nine points in the final frame to notch their eighth straight win while remaining at solo second with an 8-1 slate.
Patrick Sleat led the Baby Tams with 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field, 2-of-2 from downtown to go along with 16 boards. Jorick Bautista added 15 points.
FEU dominated the boards, totaling 71 rebounds compared to 56 for the skidding Ateneo. Chiolo Anonuevo and Vincent Saldua grabbed 15 and 12 boards, respectively.
Ateneo, which dropped its third straight game, only had Lebron Lopez score in double-figures, finishing with 16 points on 17 attempts with 16 rebounds and five blocks.
Forthsky Padrigao was limited to just eight points on 3-of-16 shooting.
University of Santo Tomas rose to solo third with a 5-4 record after an 87-63 bludgeoning of the hapless University of the Philippines Integrated School.
Bismarck Line powered the romp with 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting and 11 rebounds, while James Maliwat and Jacob Cortez added 17 and 12 markers, respectively.
Ray Torres was the sole bright spot for the Junior Maroons, who fell to 0-9. He had 25 points in the contest.
University of the East picked up its third win of the season at the expense of De La Salle-Zobel, 81-68, to open the day.
Vhoris Marasigan towed the Junior Red Warriors to their second straight win with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
The Junior Green Archers, who fell to 3-6, was led by Kean Baclaan, who had 18 points but was forced to commit seven turnovers.
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