Sizzling NU tames UST for 4th straight win
NU downs UST for its 4th straight win in UAAP Season 76.

ON FIRE. Rono torched UST from rainbow territory. Photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda.

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. –

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