AFTER two victories in a span of three days, Eric Altamirano and his National University Bulldogs are so close to a return to the Final Four of the UAAP baketball tournament.
Two days after winning a boardroom battle that saw the league order a replay of their controversial loss to Far Eastern University, the Bulldogs carried over the momentum to their match against La Salle on Sunday which they went on to win, 72-62, at the MOA Arena.
“We were very happy about the decision and we used that good favor to inspire us for this game. Lahat excited because it was a second lease of life. We took advantage of that,” said Altamirano.
Altamirano said their focus the whole week was not on the boardroom battle but on the match against La Salle, and his biggest star, Ray-ray Parks, said he wasn't even aware that a rematch had been ordered on Friday until the next day.
“I reminded the boys that no matter what the decision is, we have to move forward and we can’t dwell on the results. Whatever the decision was, we were really focused on this game. It just happened that the decision was in our favor, so mas lalo kaming na-inspire,” Altamirano said.
After leapfrogging the Archers for fourth place in the standings, the Bulldogs are now determined to stay in the magic circle that would make the playoffs.
They face four-time defending champion Ateneo on Thursday at the Philsports Arena in one of their remaining three games, before their rematch with FEU on September 23 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“We are not thinking ahead,” said Altamirano. “Our approach is still one game at a time.”