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NU regains form in OT, holds off FEU to snap two-game slide

by Niel Victor Masoy, October 09, 2019 1:36pm

National University (NU) regained its confidence in overtime as it outlasted Far Eastern University (FEU), 85-79, to snap its two-game losing streak on Wednesday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) season 82 Men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

Dave Ildefonso led the Bulldogs with 27 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists, while Senegalese center Issa Gaye backstopped him with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

John Lloyd Clemente put up 15 points and eight rebounds as Migs Oczon chipped in eight markers for NU to help the Bulldogs sweep the Tamaraws in their eliminations series, and go up to a 2-7 win-loss card which is still dead last in the standings, though.

“Again all the glory belongs to God. Mga players ang bida, bida rin yung coaching staff, bida rin yung utility,” said NU head coach Jamike Jarin, who - once more - brought all his players in the post-game presser. 

“We just came back to basics. Believing staying level up, following instructions,” Jarid said on how they managed to be the better team in the extra period.

The Bulldogs were in control for the most part and even led by as much as 17 points, 56-39, following an Enzo Jozon layup at the 3:09 mark of the third quarter, and were still ahead by 15 points, 65-50, with 8:45 left in regulation.

However, the Tamaraws charged back and unleashed a furious 17-0 run capped by a Royce Alforque floater at the 2:03 mark of the final period. Dave Ildefonso swung back the lead to NU by drilling a triple, but Barkley Ebona responded with a deuce for a 69-68 FEU lead.

Clemente then drilled a triple with 19 seconds to go before Ebona tied the game by scoring on a drive against Enzo Joson at the 5.7-second mark. JV Gallego still had the chance to win it for the Bulldogs in regulation, but he missed his long-two jumper.

NU, though, proved to be steadier in the extra period. An 8-0 rally built on a Gaye split, a Dave Ildefonso trey, and a Clemente triple made it a 79-71 buffer for the Bulldogs. 

FEU still kept on coming back as the Tams got within four, 83-79, following a Xyrus Torres trey and a Ken Tuffin putback with 24.4 ticks left. 

However, a Clemente split from the line at the 17-second mark and an L-Jay Gonzales missed trey on the other end with five seconds remaining spelled doom for FEU as Shaun Ildefonso split his charities off a foul for the final count of the game.

Barkley Ebona led the Tamaraws with a double-double of 15 markers and 12 caroms, as rookie Royce Alforque put up his best game in the season so far with 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists. Wendell Comboy cashed in 11 points, five rebounds, and two dimes for FEU which two-game winning streak came to an end.

FEU fell to a 4-5 win-loss card - good for the fifth spot of the team standings. 


The Scores:

NU 85 -- D. Ildefonso 27, Gaye 16, Clemente 15, Oczon 8, Gallego 5, Minerva 4, S. Ildefonso 3, Galinato 2, Malonzo 2, Rangel 2, Yu 1, Diputado 0, Joson 0, Mangayao 0, Tibayan 0.

FEU 79 -- Ebona 15, Alforque 11, Comboy 11, Stockton 9, Tchuente 9, Torres 9, Tuffin 7, Gonzales 6, Bienes 2, Cani 0, Nunag 0.

Quarterscores: 15-13, 39-32, 62-47, 71-71, 85-79.

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