UAAP: NU opens juniors' basketball title defense with rout of FEU-Diliman

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Posted at Nov 14 2019 11:35 AM

Reyland Torres sparked the NU Bullpups to victory over FEU-Diliman. UAAP

MANILA, Philippines -- National University (NU)-Nazareth School opened its title defense in the UAAP Season 82 boys' basketball tournament in style, dominating FEU-Diliman, 64-49, Wednesday at Paco Arena.

Even with team captain Gerry Abadiano absent in their season opener, the Bullpups showed their might with Reyland Torres posting a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double and Carl Tamayo and Kevin Quiambao combining for 25 points and 17 rebounds.

The Bullpups fell behind early, 7-2, before Tamayo came off the bench to spark a 12-2 run for the defending champions and give them a 14-9 lead.

The Baby Tamaraws charged back and retook the lead, 20-18, midway through the second quarter. But NU responded with 15 unanswered points to regain momentum and seize a 33-20 advantage.

The Bullpups cruised to victory from that point.

Ernest Felicilda also contributed two points, nine rebounds, and four assists to help steady the ship in Abadiano's absence all while spearheading a defense that forced 26 turnovers which were quickly converted into 26 points.

"'Yung depensa namin played a big role sa panalo namin today," said head coach Goldwin Monteverde as his defense also allowed only one FEU-Diliman player to score in double-digits in Jorick Bautista who had 13 points.

Abadiano was serving a one-game suspension due to his ejection in Game 2 of last year's finals.

Meanwhile, playing its first game without Kai Sotto, Ateneo de Manila University pulled through for a 69-61 gutsy win over Adamson University.

Transferees Josh Lazaro and LeBron Lopez made an immediate impact, as they joined forces with returnee Ian Espinosa to turn the tide in Ateneo's favor. They starred in an 8-0 run to break a 50-all deadlock, and give the Blue Eaglets a 58-50 lead with 6:56 to play.

The Baby Falcons got to within two points, 56-58, but Lazaro, Lopez, and Miggy Salvador combined for 7 straight points to put them away.

Lazaro finished with an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double while Lopez had 14 points and seven rebounds to make sure Ateneo was a winner as it moved forward minus last year’s MVP. Espinosa also added 17 points as Forthsky Padrigao top-scored with 18 points alongside seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals.

Adamson ran out gas in the endgame even after an 18-point debut for John Erolon.

Also off to a strong start is De La Salle Zobel which rode a 33-point first quarter all the way to an 84-72 triumph over University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS).

Rookie John Dalisay waxed hot with eight triples for a total of 28 points while Kean Baclaan, formerly of San Sebastian College, impressed as well with 23 points on top of 10 rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

Completing the cast of winners in opening day is University of Santo Tomas which downed University of the East, 86-76.

The Junior Maroons and the Junior Warriors start the season at 0-1 with their respective losses.

The scores:

First Game:

DLSZ 84 - Dalisay 28, Baclaan 23, Quimado 8, Omer 8, Del Mundo 6, Milan 4, Tupas 4, Macasaet 2, Villarin 0, Unisa 0, Sevilla 0, Luna 0, Lawrence 0.

UPIS 72 - Torres 19, Galotera 19, Canillas 13, Torculas 10, Gomez de Liano 7, Armamento 4, Napalang 0, Jacob 0, Avinado 0.

Quarterscores: 33-14, 50-36, 68-60, 84-72.

Second Game:

ATENEO 69 - Padrigao 18, Espinosa 17, Lopez 14, Lazaro 11, Salvador M 4, De Ayre 3, Salvador G 2, Jaymalin 0, Ladimo 0, Rubiato 0, Pangilinan 0, Corral 0.

ADU 61 - Erolon 18, Cosal 11, Figueroa 7, Timbancaya 6, Tulabut 4, Quinal 3, Barcelona 3, Hanapi 2, Nitura 2, Ignacio 2, Dominguez 2, Guarino 1, Ocangas 0, Abdulla 0.

Quarterscores: 21-11, 37-31, 50-48, 69-61.

Third Game:

NU 64 - Torres 17, Tamayo 13, Quiambao 12, Fortea 6, Mailim 4, Alarcon 3, Buensalida 3, Abiera 2, Felicilda 2, Laure 2, Enriquez 0, Tulabut 0.

FEU-D 49 - Bautista 13, Sleat 8, Bagunu 6, Anonuevo 5, Estacio 5, Padrones 4, Saldua 4, Buenaventura 2, Libago 2, Mantua 0, Pasaol 0.

Quarterscores: 14-11, 30-20, 51-39, 64-49.

Fourth Game:

UST 86 - Oliva 16, Cortez 16, Montemayor 12, Escoto 9, Salazar 9, Maliwat 9, Villarez 8, Bugarin 3, Biag 2, Calivozo 2, Ascutia 0, Bautista 0.

UE 76 - Austria 21, Montecalvo 20, Ortiz 12, Cabili 7, Marasigan 6, Cruz 4, Maximo 3, Caliwag 2, Serrano 1, Juan 0, Castillo 0, Mara 0, Montecastro 0.

Quarterscores: 18-16, 36-34, 62-56, 86-76.

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