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    Disappointed Bulldogs vow to bounce back next season

    Sep 29, 2012
    Bobby Parks Jr. and the Bulldogs vow to comeback stronger next season.   Jerome Ascano

    NATIONAL University hopes to use its disappointing Final Four loss to University of Santo Tomas as springboard for a big comeback in next year’s UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

    Coach Eric Altamirano said the Bulldogs accomplished their goal this season by reaching the Final Four. Unfortunately, their first post-season appearance in a decade was abruptly cut short when they suffered a 57-63 loss to to the Tigers on Saturday.

    “This was our goal from the very start, to get into the Final Four,” admitted Altamirano after the game. “It was a hard climb, at least we were able to achieve the goal.”

    The Bulldogs finished the regular season with as the No. 3 seeded team with a 9-5 win-loss slate. They made the Final Four by winning five of their seven games in the second round.

    “I know we failed today (Saturday), but we will use this as a motivation for next year to get to the finals,” said Altamirano.

    The Bulldogs came to within two points of the Tigers, 57-59, approaching the final two-minute mark, but failed to respond when the game was on the line.

    “Again, our immaturity showed in the last two minutes. I felt that we should have been composed. We forced our shots in the end.

    “But again, that’s part of our learning, that’s what I told the boys, we learn from our mistakes and we look forward to next year,” said Altamirano.

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