NU crushes Ateneo to jumpstart title bid

MVP. Parks led the Bulldogs with 22 points. Photo by Rappler/Mark Marcaida.

MANILA, Philippines — National University crushed 5-time defending champion Ateneo de Manila University, 64-54, to open their quest for a breakthrough title in the 76th UAAP men’s basketball tournament Sunday, June 30, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Bulldogs dominated from the get-go and aside from a last-ditch rally by the Blue Eagles, were never threatened in handing the Katipunan-based cagers a nightmarish start to their 6-peat bid.

A Dennice Villamor triple shoved NU ahead, 59-35, with less than 6 minutes remaining in the final period, but Ateneo went on a 16-2 run to make it interesting, 61-51, with two minutes left.

Two-time MVP Ray Parks, though, would have the last laugh as a dagger of a three-pointer gave the Bulldogs a 13-point lead with 1:40 on the clock. –


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