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    NU Bullpups stamp class in NBTC Finals with 64-point romp over Lucena side

    Mar 20, 2019

    NAZARETH School of National University followed up its 90-point rout to start the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC League National Finals by dominating Calayan Educational Foundation-Lucena, 120-56, on Wednesday at SM Mall of Asia Arena.

    Terrence Fortea waxed hot for the second straight game with 28 points built on seven three-pointers to go along with four assists and three rebounds. Backcourt partner Gerry Abadiano added 15 markers and four assists.

    As a team, the Bullpups made 58 percent of their field goals, most of which came in transition where they mangled their opponents, 28-2.

    They would never trail until the final buzzer, continuing their quest for historic back-to-back titles in the national championship for high school presented by Chooks-to-Go, Darlington-Exped Socks, EPSON, Huawei, Freego, Purefoods, Gatorade, Go for Gold, SM, Molten, and presented by 5Plus and Lighthouse Events.

    National U has now beaten its first two opponents by an average of 77 points.

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    "Right after UAAP, huminto kami for a while. So good for us na going towards next games namin, maganda tinatakbo namin in the first two games," head coach Goldwin Monteverde said.

    The UAAP champion moves on to a matchup opposite MMBL runner-up Letran in the Fantastic 8 on Thursday.

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    Meanwhile, La Salle Green Hills-Mandaluyong made quick work of Camp David-New Zealand, 102-80.

    RC Calimag starred with 21 points and was backstopped by Inand Fornilos who posted a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double as the Greenies booked a place in the Round of 8 for the third year in a row.

    Also into the Fantastic 8 is Top Flight Hoops-Vancouver which continued its stellar maiden campaign in the tournament by booting out NBTC Cebu champion Southwestern University, 83-81.

    Jerric Palma topscored with 22 points off the bench while Kit Mramor chipped in 19 markers and seven rebounds for Vancouver, who had to survive the Baby Cobras' late rally before punching their place to the next round.

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    Harvey Sanchez showed the way for the Cebuanos with 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists while Reimar Cruz paced the Kiwis with 21 markers, five boards, and five dimes.

    In the Division 2 Supreme 16 over at the Palm Coast Marina, Lyceum-Cavite sailed past Perpetual JONELTA-Laguna, 80-69 as John Barba finished with 23 points and seven rebounds while Mac Guadana added 17 markers and seven boards.

    St. Louis School of Don Bosco-Dumaguete also downed University of Baguio, 75-60, while Proudly Pinoy-Italy edged out Isabela Colleges-Cauayan, 83-80, in overtime.

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