NATIONAL University used a strong second quarter run to defeat Adamson, 74-50, on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Bulldogs had a 22-0 run and the Falcons just managed two points in the second period as NU won its sixth game and snapped a two-game skid.
The Falcons lost for the eighth time and are now officially out of contention for the Final Four.
NU, which forced the hapless Adamson to the least number of points in the modern era with a 62-25 win in the first round, took control of the game for good after turning a 10-14 deficit into a 32-14 lead late in the second period.
In total, NU outscored Adamson, 24-2, in the second period for a 42-16 halftime lead with Jansen Rios as the lone scorer in the quarter.
Gelo Alolino had 14 points while Glenn Khobuntin scored 12 points off the bench for the Bulldogs, who had more bench points than the Falcons, 41-9.
“We are just happy to get this win. We know how important this win is. Our second unit stepped up. Medyo low energy ‘yung first group namin. They provided the spark,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano.
Don Trollano had 15 points while Jansen Rios added 10 for the Falcons.
NU (74) – Alolino 14, Khobuntin 12, Aroga 7, Rosario 6, Betayene 6, Javelona 6, Celda 6, Diputado 5, Alejandro 3, Neypes 3, Perez 2, Salim 1, Atangan 0, Cauilan 0, Tansingco 0.
Adamson (50) – Trollano 15, Rios 10, Inigo 7, Nalos 7, Garcia 6, Aquino 3, Ochea 2, Polican 0, Donahue 0, Gumtang 0, Villanueva 0, Monteclaro 0, Butron 0, Pedrosa 0, Baytan 0.
Quarterscores: 18-14, 42-16, 59-28, 71-50.