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    NU Bullpups record 90-point demolition of Isabela Colleges-Cauayan

    Mar 19, 2019
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    NAZARETH School of National University did not miss a beat in its debut in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC National Finals presented by SM, manhandling Isabela Colleges-Cauayan by 90 points, 135-45, Tuesday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

    Terrence Fortea led the Bullpups’ balanced beatdown with 19 points on 4-of-11 shooting from downtown. Diminutive guard Steve Nash Enriquez made the most of his 13 minutes on the floor with 17 markers on 7-of-10 shooting with two rebounds and two steals.

    “Actually, nag-usap na kami before the game how to be consistent sa ginagawa namin,” said champion coach Goldwin Monteverde. “We had a great campaign in the UAAP and nag-pick up din kami sa tinatakbo namin.”

    The defending champions pounced on Isabela with an early 37-4 barrage. NU kept its foot on the gas, posting a 50-point lead, 62-12, after a Reyland Torres fastbreak layup near the end of the first half.

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    They then pushed their gap up to 93 points in the final frame as 13 of 15 players breached the 10-minute mark in the runaway victory.

    FilAm Sports USA also continued its dominant stretch, drubbing Perpetual Help-JONELTA, 86-55.

    Lanky forward Kainoa Ballungay had another great outing, leading the Fil-Ams with 24 points and 10 rebounds, including 11 markers in the first quarter alone. The 6-foot-7 swingman hailing from Ilocos Norte is averaging 21.5 points and 11 rebounds in two games.

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    FilAm Sports now moves on to the Supreme 16 to face either the Kai Sotto-led Ateneo de Manila Blue Eaglets or Lyceum of the Philippines University-Cavite.

    Jeron Artest, son of NBA champion Metta World Peace, added 12 points in this one with 10 boards and 6 assists. Reigning FIBA Under-17 World Cup MVP Jalen Green, meanwhile, chipped in 11 markers and four dimes.

    While the second day of this tournament had its fair share of blowout affairs, it also had a helping of thrilling finishes such as Far Eastern University-Diliman Manila outgunning St. Augustine-Pampanga, 90-86.

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    After being down by as many as 12 points, 69-57, in the 3rd quarter, RJ Abarrientos woke up and dropped 16 of his 21 markers in the final frame. The spitfire lead guard went on a perfect 5-of-5 clip from downtown to help push the Baby Tamaraws onto the next round.

    In Palm Coast Marina, Vance Caterbas scored the game-winning putback at the buzzer to lift Southern Philippine Colleges-Cagayan de Oro to a 69-67 stunner over AusPinoy Australia. Calayan Educational Foundation-Lucena also shocked Team Italy Europe Proudly Pinoy with a 69-63 squeaker, as reigning NCAA champions Mapua University survived a late fightback from Zamboanga del Sur National High School Pagadian, 54-46.

    The week-long tourney, sponsored by Chooks-to-Go, Darlington-Exped Socks, EPSON, Huawei, Freego, Purefoods, Gatorade, Go for Gold, SM, Molten, and presented by 5Plus and Lighthouse Events, moves on to the Supreme 16 still open to the public.

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