Monday, 10 June 2013 2 Comments
by JOSEF T. RAMOS
DEFENDING champion National University (NU) made a return trip to the semifinals after nipping Letran College, 69-67, last Wednesday in the quarterfinal round of Filoil Flying V Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan.
The Bulldogs will face San Beda in the semifinals.
“We played our best in this game and it’s a must,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano. “We were really off both defensively and offensively. I felt that we were a step slow but no excuses. I also thought that Letran played well because they were more relaxed.”
“But I like the poise of the boys in the end. We know we were behind and yet in the most important part of the game, we were able to deliver,” Altamirano added.
Parks scattered 16 points, while Joshua Alolino added 13 points and eight assists. Troy Rosario posted 12 points, while Alfred Aroga had nine for the Bulldogs.
Mark Cruz had 16 points, while Rey Nambatac made 11 and Raymund Almazan came up with 10 points, 12 rebounds along with four blocks for the Knights, who replaced Ateneo in the quarterfinals after deciding to withdraw from the league due to injuries.
The Knights almost upset the Bulldogs as rookie Rey Nambatac converted a triple that gave them a 67-65 lead with 1:17 left.
Aroga completed a three-point play for a one-point Bulldogs lead off JJ Alejandro pass.
Joshua Alolino split his free throws to make it a two-point advantage for NU after Nambatac failed to score from the three-point zone. (EF/InboundPass.com)
NU 69 – Parks 16, Alolino 13, Rosario 12, Aroga 9, Villamor 8, Rono 5, De Guzman 3, Mbe 2, Javillonar 1, Alejandro 0.
CSJL 67 – Cruz 16, Nambatac 11, Almazan 10, Gabawan 8, Castro 8, Ruaya 6, Luib 5, Dysam 3, Buenaflor 0, Publico 0, Po 0, Pantin 0.
QS: 19-22; 43-37; 56-58; 69-67.