The UP Fighting Maroons lynch the NU Bulldogs 71-66, keeping it in the running for the Final Four contenders for the crown.
“UP sends NU to 6th straight loss, boosts Final 4 bid
“The UP Fighting Maroons dropped an explosive 15-0 run to thump the skidding NU Bulldogs, 71-66, and stay in the final four race of UAAP Season 79 Wednesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
“With the win, the Fighting Maroons boosted their final four bid. Now at 4-8, State U tied NU for fifth place and moved just two games behind No.4 Adamson Falcons (5-5).
“Jett Manuel finished with 19 points while Gelo Vito added 15 markers. Javi Gomez De Liano chipped in 13 points as Paul Desiderio tallied 11 points and 13 boards to help UP send NU to its sixth straight loss of the season.
“The Fighting Maroons trailed by 12 points, 31-19, in the second quarter but had a strong finishing kick to end the first half by scoring 10 unanswered points that trimmed their deficit to two points at the half.
“UP continued its roll in the third quarter, with Vito burying a triple to complete a 15-0 run that gave the lead back to State U, 34-31.
“UP stretched its lead to nine points, 54-45, in the fourth quarter but NU came to within three after two straight unsportsmanlike fouls by the Fighting Maroons.
“But the Fighting Maroons kept their poise, going on a 12-1 run to build a 66-52 lead with 3:40 left which was enough to fend off the Bulldogs.”