Saturday, 5 May 2012 9 Comments
The NU Bulldogs captured its 5th straight win in Group B of the tournament at the expense of the College of St. Benilde Blazers, 71-52.
It was a nip and tuck ball game in the 1st half. The Blazers momentarily led in the 1st quarter with a 5-point lead at the 6:30 minute mark, 7-2 and then again in the 2nd quarter at the 6:40 minute mark 21-18 until “We tightened up our defense in the 2nd half”, said NU Bulldogs Head Coach Eric Altamirano after the game. That’s when Robin Rono and Mark De Guzman turned up the heat from beyond the arc to give the Bulldogs a 10-point lead, 47-37, to end the 3rd quarter.
The Blazers were able to trim the Bulldogs lead to just 6-points with just 2:37 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter but costly turnovers by the Blazers plus clutch shooting by NU particularly from Bobby Ray Parks, prevented CSB from mounting another comeback.
Emmanuel Mbe had 15-points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs followed by Parks who also added 15-points, including 7 rebounds and 8 assists for a more balanced performance on both ends of the floor.
The Blazers, now 0-2, were led by Robert Bartolo with 12-points.
“We were initially forcing our shots in the 1st half” added Coach Altamirano as his Bulldogs committed 12 of 20 turnovers (only 5 for CSB) in the 1st 20 minutes of action. The Bulldogs out-muscled the Blazers off the boards, 54-31 with 15 2nd chance points with only 4 for CSB.
In the 2nd game, the Mapua Cardinals eluded a stubborn UP Fighting Maroons squad, 61-56, for their 1st win in Group A of the preseason tournament.
After UP’s 6-0 run to end the 3rd quarter, 41-48, Mark Brana and Joseph Eriobu and Gab Banal’s 3-pointer sparked a 6-0 rally to put them at the driver’s seat, 54-53 with 6:40 minutes left in the 4th quarter.
UP came within 2-points off a Jonathan Banal Turnover, 57-55 but Josan Nimes was there to take care of business from the free throw line.
“I had to build team chemistry for the coming NCAA Season, so I had to give my 5 new guys a chance to play”, said Mapua Cardinals Head Coach Chito Victolero.
Those five new guys that Coach Victorlero was referring to are: Former DLSU Green Archers Gab Banal, NCRAA stalwarts Jessie Saitanan and Mark Brana, Joseph Eriobu and Andrew Estrella.
Though UP had took advantage of Mapua’s mishaps in offense with 17 turnover points (12 for Mapua) , the Cardinals, however out-rebounded the Fighting Maroons, 43-35.
Gab Banal had 15-points and 6 rebounds for Mapua followed by Ighalo with 11-points also with 6 rebounds. UP, now 0-3, were led by Mike Silungan with 15-points with a 50% shooting clip from beyond the arc and Jett Manuel with 11-points.
In the main game, the De La Salle Green Archers defeated the UST Growling Tigers, 78-70 for their 2nd straight elimination round win of the tournament.
After trailing early in the 1st quarter, the Green Archers amassed a scoring surge that would push them on top with an 8-point lead with 3 minutes to go in the 2nd quarter, 32-24.
La Salle’s biggest lead was at 13-points seconds before the close of the 3rd quarter. In the final period, the Growling Tigers narrowed the gap to just 5-points at the 2:50 minute mark but Norbert Torres was there to save the day for the Green Archers with back-to-back baskets to seal the win.
Five Green Archers scored in double figures. Norbert Torres had a double-double performance with 16-points and 12 rebounds, followed by Jeron Teng with 14-points, Papot Paredes with 12-points, Almond Vosotros with 10-points and Alfonso Gotladera also with 10-points.
UST, now 1-3, had four players scoring in double figures. Aljon Mariano had 19-points to lead all scorers, followed by Jeric Fortuna (with 3/3 from the 3-point area) and Kevin Ferrer with 13-points respectively and Clark Bautista with 12-points.
Without the ailing Karim Abdul in the line-up, DLSU dominated the boards, 52-35. The Green Archers also had 20 2nd chance points with only 4 for the Growling Tigers.
NU 71 – Mbe 15, Parks 15, Rono 9, Alolino 7, Neypes 7, Javillonar 4, De Guzman 3, Labing-Isa 2, Celda 2
CSB 52 – Bartolo 12, Lastimosa 9, Romero 8, Ongtengco 4, Grey 4, Sinco 3, Garcia 3, Carlos 2, Altamirano 2, Tolentino 2, Dela Paz 2, Deles 1
MIT 61 – Banal 15, Ighalo 11, Saitanan 8, Nimes 8, Brana 8, Stevens 5, Eriobu 4, Estrella 2
UP 56 – Silungan 15, Manuel 11, Montecastro 7, Soyud 5, Reyes 5, Lopez 4, Romero 3, Asilum 2, Mbah 1
DLSU 78 – Torres 16, Teng 14, Paredes 12, Vosotros 10, Gotladera 10, Tallo 6, Manguera 5, Mendoza 3, Webb 2
UST 70 – Mariano 19, Fortuna 13, Ferrer 13, Bautista 12, Teng 7, Afuang 4, Pe 2