NATIONAL University downed University of Santo Tomas, 71-67, to force a four-way tie for second place in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Bobby Ray Parks made up for his lackluster game against University of the East the last time, pouring in 20 points in leading the Bulldogs to a 2-1 record and a share of second place with UST, De La Salle, and Adamson.
The Tigers played shorthanded in the second half after hotshot Jeric Teng injured his shoulder when he took a hit in the back by Jeoffrey Javillonar late in the second quarter.
Teng never returned to the court and the Bulldogs were quick to take advantage, coming up with a 14-7 windup to the third quarter to break the game open.
The Bulldogs took the halftime lead, 37-31, after finishing the second period with a 15-5 blast.
“We knew that coming into the ballgame, we will have a hard time with UST,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano. “I kept telling the boys to keep their composure in the end. I think that’s one of the things that we need to work on.”
Emmanuel Mbe had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who also got 12 from Troy Rosario.
Kevin Ferrer had 20 points and Ed Daquioag added 13 for UST, which struggled without Teng – the Tigers’ top scorer – who finished with only seven points.
The Tigers also struggled from the field, making only 17 of their 61 shots.
Ironically, the final output was a replica of the same score when NU lost to UE last weekend.
NU (71) -- Parks 20, Mbe 17, Rosario 12, Alolino 8, Villamor 5, Javillonar 3, Rono 2, Porter 2, Khobuntin 2, De Guzman 0, Alejandro 0.
UST (67) -- Ferrer 20, Daquioag 13, Bautista 9, Teng 7, Mariano 7, Abdul 6, Lo 3, Pe 2, So 0, Hainga 0.
Quarterscores: 22-15; 37-31; 54-44; 71-67.