Monday, 10 June 2013 9 Comments
by JOSEF T. RAMOS
REIGNING champion National University (NU) unexpectedly routed San Beda College, 74-57, last Friday in the semifinal round to make a return trip in the finals of Filoil Flying V Premier Basketball Cup at The Arena in San Juan.
After a close first half match (39-36), the NU Bulldogs stretched the gap to 46-38 late in the third period after a 7-0 wind up and they limited also their opponent to only six point in that period that made their hopes alive in bagging a back-to-back titles.
“Defense was the key for this game,” said NU mentor Eric Altamirano. “We were really disciplined and focused on defense. We forced them to 38 percent shooting from the field. We were able to control the rebounds and limit their transition baskets.”
Denice Villamor topscored for 18 points and collared six rebounds for the Bulldogs, who will face University of the East in the championship round at 4 p.m.
The Bulldogs entered the fourth with a 51-42 edge. Alolino drained a three-pointer that gave the Bulldogs a 64-49 lead midway through the fourth period and they were never threatened the rest of the way.
Gelo Alolino piled up 15 points, while Bobby Ray Parks had 12 points despite playing with a minor shoulder injury and Emmanuel Mbe made 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Baser Amer scored 19 points for San Beda. (EF/InboundPass.com)
NU 74 – Villamor 18, Alolino 15, Parks 12, Mbe 11, Aroga 7, Alejandro 5, Javillonar 2, Rosario 2, De Guzman 2, Rono 0.
SBC 57 – Amer 19, Dela Cruz 16, Adeogun 10, Dela Rosa 4, D. Semerad 4, Pascual 2, Abarcar 2, Koga 0, A. Semerad 0, Sara 0, Villaruz 0, Bonsubre 0.
QS: 20-17; 39-36; 51-42; 74-57.