NU Bulldogs rally back to beat UP Maroons, snap 3-game losing streak
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The National University (NU) Bulldogs emerged victorious in a close game against the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, 77-70, on Sunday, October 8 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Bulldogs were down in the first half, but they managed to rally back and take the win despite a neck-and-neck battle with the Fighting Maroons.
Both teams were coming off of losses, but this win saw the Bulldogs break their losing streak and hold a 3-4 record, while the Maroons dropped to 3-4 at the end of the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball first round of eliminations.
The scoreline was equalized thrice in the first period until the Fighting Maroons made a 7-0 run that saw them lead the Bulldogs by 3 points.
The Bulldogs fended off the Fighting Maroons in the first 3 minutes of second period with a 6-0 start, but the Maroons countered with a huge 17-3 run that saw them maintain the lead at the half.
The third period saw Jun Manzo go down with an injury as he hurt his ankle and bang his knee in a bad landing. A Manzo-less UP rotation immediately saw the Bulldogs make a 6-0 run and end the third in their favor.
The game closed out to both teams trading leads, but the Bulldogs escaped the 70-all deadlock with a Matt Salem dagger 3 to seal the victory.
Salem attained a season-high double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Issa Gaye backed him up with 13 points and 8 rebounds.
Paul Desiderio continued to lead the Fighting Maroons with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Diego Dario followed by contributing 11 points to the team.
NU (77) – Salem 21, Gaye 13, Alejandro 12, Joson 6, Diputado 5, Tibayan 4, Yu 3, Abatayo 3, Mosqueda 2, Morido 2, Aquino 2, Bartlett 2, Flores 2, Cauilan 0, Lastimosa 0, Rangel 0.
UP (70) – Desiderio 15, Dario 11, Javi Gomez de Liano 10, Lim 7, Ouattara 6, Manzo 6, Lao 6, Prado 5, Juan Gomez de Liano 4, Vito 0, Ricafort 0.
Quarter Scores: 18-21, 33-38, 56-53, 77-70