NATIONAL University bounced back from an embarrassing loss to Ateneo, whipping University of the Philippines, 67-50, on Thursday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Bulldogs never looked back after building a huge lead in the second period as they recovered from a 65-89 loss to the defending champions Eagles last week to improve their record to 2-1 win-loss.
“I think the boys really felt bad losing to Ateneo,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano. “We were humbled that we didn’t play our best. But the ability to bounce back coming from a big loss is I think one of the things I want to commend the boys for.”
NU built a commanding 42-18 lead after outscoring the Maroons, 26-8, in the second period. That proved to be enough cushion for NU, which somewhat struggled in the second half where UP outscored them 32-25.
“We focused on our defense and although things weren’t falling for us on offense (in the second half), I felt that the boys played good defense,” said Altamirano.
Bobby Ray Parks had 18 points, six assists and three steals while Emmanuel Mbe had 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Bulldogs.
The Maroons, who fell to 0-2, got a team-high 11 points each from Mike Silungan and Jet Manuel.
NU 67 — Parks 18, Mbe 17, Javillonar 9, Rono 7, Alolino 6, Villamor 4, Ignacio 4, De Guzman 2, Singh 0, Rosario 0, Neypes 0, Labing-isa 0, Betayene 0.
UP 50 — Silungan 11, Manuel 11, Montecastro 10, Ball 4, Lopez 4, Hipolito 4, Asilum 4, Soyud 2, Mbah 0, Romero 0, Padilla 0, Gamboa 0.
Quarterscores: 16-10; 42-18; 52-28; 67-50.