NU Bulldogs unleash late rally in FilOil, eliminate Gilas from contention

MANILA, Philippines – New game, same old story.

The National University (NU) Bulldogs stole a win from the Gilas Pilipinas 2023 cadets, 86-81, eliminating them from contention in the FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup in San Juan, Tuesday, May 15.

After giving up a 14-2 run, 72-77, on the heels of a streaking Kobe Paras, the Bulldogs clawed right to the top with a game-sealing 11-0 run, 83-77, on the back of hot perimeter shooting from John Lloyd Clemente and former Chang Kai Shek star John Galinato.

Clemente finished with a game-high 23 points on 5/10 (50%) shooting from downtown, along with 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Galinato wasn’t far behind with 20 points on 3/5 (60%) triples to go with 3 assists.

Gilas crashed to their 5th loss in 6 games, effectively eliminating them from contention.

In the other games, the Adamson University (AdU) Falcons finally had their first game and started on a winning note, dropping the Colegio San Juan de Letran (CSJL) Knights by 3, 83-80.

The University of Santo Tomas also got on the win column after two losses with their victory over the winless Jose Rizal University (JRU) Heavy Bombers, 98-88.

Finally, the College of St. Benilde Blazers stopped the undefeated Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws on their tracks to remain as the only undefeated squad in Group B. – Rappler.com

The scores:

NU (86) - Clemente 23, Galinato 20, Joson 14, Ildefonso, S. 13, Aquino 6, Ildefonso, D. 4, Mosqueda 2, Tibayan 2, Gaye 1, Yu 1, Gallego 0, Sinclair 0, Oczon 0, Mangayaom 0, Diputado 0

Gilas (81) - Paras 20, Tratter 16, Gomez de Liano 13, Alejandro 11, Rivero, R. 9, Tolentino, V. 4, Ambohot 4, Tuffin 2, Tamayo 2, Go 0

Quarter Scores: 21-26, 43-47, 66-63, 86-81

STANDINGS

GROUP A

Ateneo 4-0

La Salle 4-0

Mapua 3-0

San Beda 2-1

UE 1-1

UP 3-3

NU 2-3

Gilas 1-5

Perpetual 0-3

EAC 0-5


GROUP B

CSB 3-0

Adamson 1-0

FEU 3-1

Arellano 2-1

SSC 2-1

Letran 2-3

UST 1-2

LPU 1-4

JRU 0-4