UAAP: 4 points from juniors hoops — Rampaging NU, UST's Mark Nonoy, Ateneo’s revenge

Rick Olivares

Posted at Jan 22 2019 05:00 PM

Is Nazareth School of National University running away to the title?

You can bet that the Bullpups encircled this date — the return bout with Adamson. On the day Manny Pacquiao pummeled Adrien Broner, NU crushed Adamson 112-71 to show that its first-round loss to the Baby Falcons was a fluke.

Now at 9-1, the Bullpups have defeated two of their title threats in the second round — Ateneo and Adamson. Far Eastern University-Diliman is another one. Looking at it realistically, I’d say this title is for them to lose.

Mark Nonoy is sizzling

University of Santo Tomas’ Mark Nonoy tallied his third triple-double of the season (30 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists) in the Tiger Cubs’ 80-65 win over University of the Philippines Integrated School on Sunday. He also got huge support from Bismarck Lina, who finished with a double double (21 points and 16 rebounds and one block). 

Jomar Amador added 15 points for UST with four others tacking on some points. 

UST has won its two games against teams it needed to beat — University of the East and UPIS to go to 5-5 in this second round. They took it on the chin against rampaging NU, but if this team wants to make it back to the final 4 the Tiger Cubs have to beat some of the upper-tier squads. 

Ateneo got back at FEU

NU wasn’t the only one to get back at a first-round tormentor. Ateneo did too against FEU with a 77-61 win. No overtimes for the Baby Tamaraws this time to pull the rug from under the Blue Eaglets. No late triples from the amazing RJ Abarrientos this time.

And Forthsky Padrigao showed why he is on the Batang Gilas squad with his best outing in Blue and White (19 points, six assists and three rebounds) to support Kai Sotto (27 points, 22 rebounds, four assists and two blocks). Ian Espinosa added eight points, but the other veterans continue to disappoint. 

The win is huge because it puts Ateneo level with FEU at 7-2, and the Baby Tamaraws have yet to play NU. That could have bearing in the race for the twice-to-beat advantage.

De La Salle Zobel gets much-needed win with Raven Cortez back

A close win over UE, 70-66, but one the Junior Archers needed in a season gone awry. 

At 4-6, they have to win their last four games if they want an outside chance for the final 4. Raven Cortez (16 points and 19 rebounds) showed why they need him if they want to go anywhere. 

Migs Pascual isn’t back yet. But no time for what-ifs for coach Boris Aldeguer’s squad. It’s a big win and they need to win the rest of the way.

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