NU eliminates UST from playoff hopes

The National University Bulldogs makes a quick work on the UST Growling Tigers, 91-83, in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

The Bulldogs hands the Tigers their 10th loss in the season and they are already officially eliminated with still 4 games to go.

UST actually led by halftime, 43-40 but NU took control of the game during the third quarter, as Issa Gaye scored 10 points while Matt Salem dropped 9 points during the third period.

Matt Salem continued his hot shooting ways during the final period, as he scored 8 points during the payoff period, as the rest of the Bulldogs did just enough to pull out a closer-than-expected victory.

Issa Gaye and Matt Salem scored 22 points each for the Bulldogs and Jay Jay Alejandro and Nico Abatayo chipped in 10 points a-piece.

NU improves their Final Four chances, as they go up to 4-6.

Steve Akomo led the way for the Growling Tigers with 16 points, but was limited to just 3 points during the second half.

Marvin Lee scored 15 points, Wendell De Guzman added 14 points and Eric Caunan chipped in 11 points for the Black and Gold.

SCORES

NU 91 – Gaye 22, Salem 22, Alejandro 10, Abatayo 10, Joson 7, Mosqueda 5, Bartlett 5, Yu 5, Diputado 3, Aquino 2, Tibayan 0, Morido 0, Cauilan 0

UST 83 – Akomo 16, Lee 15, De Guzman 14, Caunan 11, Faundo 8, Sta. Ana 6, Huang 6, Escalambre 3, Basibas 2, Soriano 2, Romero 0, Macasaet 0
QUARTER SCORES: 24-21, 40-43, 69-61, 91-83