UAAP: NU books Remaining 4 return after 7 years, eliminates UST

John Lloyd Clemente of the NU Bulldogs. Photograph by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.web

MANILA, Philippines — The Nationwide College lastly ended a seven-year Remaining 4 drought by securing a post-season spot after knocking the College of Santo Tomas out of rivalry, 67-57, within the UAAP Season 85 Males’s Basketball Match Sunday on the Mall of Asia Enviornment.

The Bulldogs prevented a torpid first half and unleashed a 12-0 sequence by daggering John Lloyd Clemente from a nook to steer 64-54, nearly sealing the Bulldogs’ first Remaining 4 look since UAAP’s 78th season in 2015. .

Clemente scored 19 factors on 4-of-7 from the depths and in addition hit three key free throws that set their remaining depend.

The Growling Tigers led 11, 36-25 halfway by way of the second quarter and went into halftime 36-29 with Nic Cabanero scoring 13 of his 20 factors.

The Bulldogs got here collectively within the third quarter and took a 46-44 lead going into the payday earlier than preserving the UST scoreless for 5 minutes, with a Steve Nash Enriquez treble giving them 12 straight unanswered factors.


NOW Coach Jeff Napa.

NU head coach Jeff Napa. –Photograph: Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.web

Regardless of profitable 4 video games in a row to extend their probabilities of a double with a file of 9-3, NU head coach Jeff Napa confused that their objective is not only to achieve the Remaining 4.

“We have now to be prepared for the final two matches of the second spherical. Reaching the Remaining 4 is not only our objective. We will not wait to attain extra. That is just the start of our story. We have now to finish this,” Napa stated in Filipino.

“Unhealthy win for us however we nonetheless survived that lintik (rattling) UST. UST performs with out stress, in order that they gave it their all and brought about us an issue. It is good that we managed to regroup, come again within the second half and get the win.

Omar John additionally helped NU with 12 factors on 6-for-9 capturing, however grabbed solely two rebounds whereas Kean Baclaan had 10 factors, six assists and 5 rebounds for 14 factors from 15 UST losses,

Cabanero led the UST with 20 factors and 6 rebounds, whereas Adama Faye had 11 factors, 15 rebounds and three blocks as their workforce crashed out of rivalry within the Remaining 4 with a ten straight loss from 11 video games.


NU 67 – Clement 19, John 12, Baclaan 10, Malonzo 6, Manansala 6, Figueroa 4, Palace 4, Enriquez 3, Galinato 3, Yu 0, Mahinay 0, Tibayan 0, Padrones 0, Minerva

UST 57 – Cabanero 20, Faye 11, Pangilinan 8, Garing 6, Calimag 5, Manaytay 4, Duremdes 3, Manalang 0.

Quarters: 11-20, 29-36, 46-44, 67-57.


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