MANILA, Philippines — National University ran circles around University of Santo Tomas’ defense to come away with a 75-61 win in the 76th UAAP men’s basketball tournament on Saturday, August 24 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Bulldogs bucked so-so games from Ray Parks and Jean Mbe to upend the Growling Tigers for the second time this season and improve their record to 7-3.
“It was really a collective effort from our team,” said coach Eric Altamirano.
Backup guard Robin Rono fired a UAAP career-high 19 points spiked by 5 3-pointers and 4 rebounds to lead NU, who took advantage of Jeric Teng’s absence in the second half to book their 4th straight victory.
“Nag-stick lang ako sa game plan ng coaches namin,” Rono shared. “Pero ready lang ako sa opensa.”
Dennice Villamor also had 18 points and 9 rebounds as the Bulldogs moved just half-a-game behind idle Far Eastern University for the league top spot.
On the other hand, UST slipped to its 3rd consecutive defeat to fall to 4-5. The Tigers were led by karim Abdul, who delivered 18 points and 12 boards. – Rappler.com