MANILA, Philippines – National University (NU)-Nazareth School and Far Eastern University (FEU)-Diliman are assured of the twice-to-beat incentives in the UAAP Season 82 boys' basketball tournament.
This, after the Bullpups clobbered University of the East (UE), 124-60, while the Baby Tamaraws registered a 115-66 demolition of University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS) on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Reyland Torres led the romp for NU with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals, while Carl Tamayo had 17 points and 8 rebounds. The Bullpups improved their record to 11-0.
Terrence Fortea scored 12 points, while Harold Alarcon and Kevin Quiambao each contributed 10.
CJ Austria had 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals for UE, which dropped to 3-8.
Meanwhile, Penny Estacio had 17 points and 5 assists for FEU, while Aeron Bagunu had 16 markers. Chiolo Anonuevo stuffed the stat sheet with six points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, five steals, and a block.
"Binibigay ko credit sa players kasi sila naman nagtatrabaho sa practice. 'Yun ang gusto namin -- makakuha ng twice-to-beat. Hindi mo rin puwede biruin ang Ateneo, UST, Adamson eh kasi malakas din sila," said FEU coach Allan Albano after his team improve to 10-1.
Ateneo de Manila High School earned a share of the third spot after squeaking past University of Santo Tomas (UST), 79-74.
Down by four, Rojan Montemayor's putback off a Jethro Escoto missed triple put UST within two, 76-74, with 19.2 seconds remaining before they fouled Blue Eaglet Lebron Lopez, who split his charities.
In the ensuing play with a chance to knot the game, the Tiger Cubs went to Escoto on the left-wing as he fired a trey, but he airballed it, and Lopez grabbed the board and made the insurance freebies.
"I told them nung halftime na we need to play like who we are. Buong season, we are doing a great job forcing turnovers, so kung bumalik kami sa who we are, makakabalik kami," said Ateneo coach Reggie Varilla.
Lopez tallied 23 points, 19 in the second half, to go with 12 rebounds as Ateneo tied UST for the third seed with identical 6-5 win-loss records.
Ian Espinosa added 17 markers, eight boards, and four dimes, while Forthsky Padrigao chipped in 12 points on a woeful 5-of-19 shooting.
Jacob Cortez delivered 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Tiger Cubs, while Bismarck Lina dropped 14 markers and 14 boards.
Adamson University arrested its four-game skid after surviving De La Salle-Zobel in overtime, 89-81.
Sharpshooter John Erolon uncorked 20 points built on five triples, while Ruzzell Dominguez chalked up 14 markers and 12 rebounds as Adamson raised its record to 5-6.
Jon Cudiamat paced La Salle with 26 points, John Quimado contributed 14 markers and 10 rebounds, while Kean Baclaan was held to a dismal 0-of-17 shooting.
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