NATIONAL University downed defending champion Chiang Kai Shek College, 86-67, on Saturday to clinch the first semis berth in the 2nd PCABL Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Cup at the Philippine Buddhacare Academy gym in Quezon City.
John Clemente and Rhayyan Amsali scored 11 points apiece, while three others scored 10 each to power NU to its fifth straight win in the preseason tournament for high school teams.
The top finisher after the single round eliminations will secure a twice-to-beat advantage the semis.
Hope Christian High School beat University of the East, 95-89, to snap a two-game losing run.
Mac Jacob scored 25 points and Miguel Quiambao added 22 for Hope Christian.
Reigning UAAP champion Ateneo likewise extended its streak to four games since losing to NU in the opener, crushing University of Santo Tomas, 98-67, in the tournament sponsored by Smart Telecom, Advance Solutions Inc., Hapee Toothpaste, Fed Seal, Powerhouse, CW Home Depot and Powerbest Marketing.
Martin Mendoza scored 21 points and Jolo Mendoza added 16 for Ateneo.
Jack Gloria scored 20 points as Far Eastern University trounced Letran B, 88-70, for its third win in four games.