UAAP Season 70 Opening Day: Bulldogs 1st win

7 07 2007

It was a great day for the National University Bulldogs.

It was the hard-hitting Joseph Lingao-Lingao that stole the ball from penetrating Mark Barroca with less than 20 seconds left in OT. At the same time, it was also Jonathan Fernandez’s two free throws that capped a 73-70 Bulldogs 1st win of the UAAP Season 70 that officially opened yesterday at the Araneta Coliseum.

In the 1st quarter, NU ignited a 10-0 run within 6 minutes of playing time to make an 8-0 lead over the Tamaraws. Scoring 10 of NU’s 17 points was Edwin Asoro, who also dropped the first 3-pt field goal of the game with a minute remaining in the quarter. FEU trailed behind NU, 17-9.

The Morayta-based Tamaraws started to heat up only during the second quarter with Benedict Fernandez scoring six points in the first three minutes of play. Asoro, on the other hand, made 0/4 FTs. And in less than 5:25 minutes, the lead was down to two, 19-17. Jonathan Fernandez made up for Asoro’s drought making 6 baskets to add 4 more points to the Bulldogs’ lead, 30-24, at the end of the first half. Asoro and Lingao-Lingao brought the lead back to 10 at the end of the third quarter, 49-39.

Marlon Adolfo started to light up hopes for the Tamaraws making a hefty 12 points in the last quarter alone. With five minutes to play, NU’s lead was down to three, 56-53 after a three-point play from Adolfo. A basket off a Fernandez’s cut towards the rim trimmed the lead down to a single point. Alfred Gerilla, missing a free throw tied the game at 56-all to register the games’ third deadlock.

After a series of exchanges, the game was tied at 61 with only 2:15 minutes remaining in the clock. Adolfo’s bomb from behind the arc put the Tamaraws in the lead, 64-61. But a powerful lay-up from Lingao-Lingao cut the lead to one. With 37.6 seconds remaining, Fernandez sent Lingao-Lingao to the line. After missing a free throw, Lingao-Lingao sent the game to overtime.

In overtime, after a 71-67 lead, the Bulldogs’ momentum was stopped by Adolfo with a shot from behind the Arc to cut the lead to one with only 2:17 minutes left in overtime, 71-70.

Arthur Reyes got a hand on the ball after several misses from NU with less than thirty seconds to play. But Barroca’s drive to the basket was ceased by Lingao-Lingao. Fernandez’s last two FTs sealed the game for the Bulldogs, 73-71.

“We really wanted this game badly. We’re a solid team this season,” said Coach Manny Dandan. “To build up our confidence for the next games. That’s why the boys held on.”

Coach Manny Dandan is confident as they face the UE on Thursday. Meanwhile, Coach Glenn Capacio’s Tamaraws will go head to head against defending champs UST next Saturday.

Lingao-Lingao is the best player of the game with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks. Asoro also contributed 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

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3 responses

9 07 2007
Jayvee

Great first win for NU. They are at the right track. Very nice. I’m happy for their team.

9 07 2007
pong

nice game NU. hope you will be in the final four. goodluch

11 07 2007
jayzee

Great win for NU! Bulldogs is one of my best bet this season to enter final four. Falcons heads up, your one heck of a team. And ofcourse to my beloved Archers, everyone is waiting for you at the top, so run, run and run, “every minute, it’s pedal to the metal” as coach carter said. Tigers your team is young and has a long way to go, i like the way coach pido does his work on you guys, CUAn you are great on the free throw last game, i bet you did your homework this summer , but i’ve got to admit it’ 70th Season is La Salles’s season so keep up and continue fighting and for as “ANIMO LA SALLE”.

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