NATIONAL University is one win away from an outright finals berth after clobbering University of the East, 94-60, on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 78 juniors basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena.
Coach Jeff Napa pulled out his starters with the Bullpups up, 71-37, entering the last 10 minutes of play
NU, with a 13-0 card, looks to complete a double-round elimination sweep and claim the thrice-to-beat advantage when it takes on De La Salle-Zobel on Saturday.
Justine Baltazar had 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Bullpups.
De La Salle-Zobel, meanwhile, hammered out a 47-35 win over Adamson to assure itself of the No. 2 slot in the semifinals.
Aljun Melecio scored 14 points as the Junior Archers score their 11th win in 13 games.
Defending champion Ateneo (9-4) downed University of Santo Tomas (3-10), 80-57, while Far Eastern University (8-5) downed UP Integrated School (2-11), 81-71, to formally clinch the remaining two spots in the round of four.
The Baby Falcons bow out with a 6-7 card.
NU 13-0, DLSZ 11-2, ADMU 9-4, FEU 8-5, AdU 6-7, UST 3-10, UPIS 2-11, UE 0-13