MANILA - The National University Bulldogs are now out of Final Four contention in the UAAP Season 84 tournament after losing to De La Salle University Green Archers, 76-65 on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
La Salle asserted dominance in the first half, pouring in trey after trey to cap the first half with a 37-25 lead. As La Salle lead 54-42, NU erupted with a 12-0 blitz to cut the lead to 2, banking on fast-break points to bounce back.
But La Salle erupted with a 14-5 run in the fourth quarter to shut the door on NU's Final Four chances.
La Salle waxed hot from the perimeter throughout the match, scoring almost half (35 pts.) from the area.
Joaqui Manuel posted a career-high 20 points, chalking up 5 boards, one steal and one block. John Figueroa led NU with 20 points, with six steals.
La Salle will end the regular season at 3rd place, while the results mean that Far Eastern University will secure the last Final Four spot.