The streak will continue. The slide will go on. Two teams are now headed into two different directions.
The NU Bulldogs continued their winning ways after handling the formerly undisputed (remember the 2-0 record?) UP Fighting Maroons a 68-52 romp. It was not long before these two teams were on the opposite end of the standings. The Fighting Maroons started with a bang by winning their first two games while the Bulldogs went on a three-game slump.
And just like that, the reigning champion are now enjoying a three-game winning streak.
- It was a close game until Gelo Alolino waxed hot in the opening salvo. The veteran guard mimic Golden State Warriors Steph Curry shooting wizardry when he caught fire and unleashed four triples that set the tone for the Bulldogs dominance. He wound up with 16 points.
- Beware for the rest of UAAP teams, NU’s suffocating defense are just getting right back into groove led by Alfred Aroga. In this game alone, UP shot only 36 percent inside the arc and struggled to convert buckets while the reigning Finals MVP manning the paint. He posted a monster double-double with 12 markers and grabbed game-high 22 rebounds.
- With their stingy defense, the Bulldogs forced the Fighting Maroons to commit 18 turnovers and turned them into 25 points. Coach Eric Altamirano could not be happier with the way his team showed the tenacity and form in the past three games.
Message sent. The whole field are now wary of the Bulldogs’ toughness and championship experience. They sharpened their claw to formally enter the Final Four conversation. As Coach E said, the team still has a long way to go and just getting their bearings back. They’re doing it at the right time.
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