Wednesday, 21 August 2013 2 Comments
by JOSEF T. RAMOS
National University (NU) pulled-off probably its biggest winning margin in the Season 76 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.
The Bulldogs had a rousing start and great finishing kick to exact revenge against the Adamson University Soaring Falcons, 80-48, on Sunday for their third consecutive victory in the second round at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Cameroonian Emmanuel Mbe and Bobby Ray Parks led NU’s early scoring rampage as NU raced to an insurmountable 21-7 spread. The Bulldogs closed out halftime ahead at 37-25, and they were never threatened the rest of the way.
“Our defense was so impressive, and that’s why we have more fast breaks,” said NU mentor Eric Altamirano, referring to NU’s 23-9 advantage in fast break points. “Our defense and offense came exactly at the right time and we sustained it the rest of the game.”
Mbe scattered 21 points along with 10 boards and four steals, while Parks scored 16 points in addition to his six rebounds and five assists. Guard Robin Rono had eight points as the Bulldogs climbed to second place with a 6-3 slate.
“I told the boys that every game is important. We have to treat it with a sense of urgency,” said Altamirano.
Adamson was limited to only eight points in the fourth period and suffered its third straight setback for a 3-6 win-loss card.
The Bulldogs shot 34-of-66 (51.5 percent) from the field, while holding Adamson to just eight field goals in the second half. The Falcons had a dismal 18-of-50 (36 percent) shooting clip.
Roider Cabrera and Jericho Cruz led the Falcons with 12 and 11 points, respectively. (EF/Inboundpass.com)
NU 80 – Mbe 21, Parks 16, Rono 8, Porter 6, Javillonar 6, Alolino 6, Rosario 5, Khobuntin 4, Neypes 3, Javelona 3, Villamor 2, Perez 0, Labing-isa 0, De Guzman 0, Alejandro 0.
Adamson 48 – Cabrera 12, Cruz 11, Sewa 8, Petilos 5, Brondial 5, Garcia 2, Agustin 2, Abrigo 2, Monteclaro 1, Trollano 0, Rios 0, Ochea 0, Julkipli 0, Inigo 0.
QS: 21-7; 37-25; 55-40; 60-48.