By Camille Cutler
NU Bulldogs def. UST Growling Tigers 69-61
Dave Ildefonso, NU (16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists)
There was some moments of struggle for the rookie, but in the clutch, Dave absolutely obliterated the UST defense. His jumper may be shaky, but when he needs to take over, he will attack your defense to oblivion.
Troy Rike, NU (13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists)
Physicality and all, Troy Rike was very effective versus UST. He made a number of sweet passes coming from the high post, and just using his size against the small Growling Tigers frontline was huge.
John Lloyd Clemente, NU (12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists)
He’s starting to get going, and that spells trouble for the rest of the league. His shot continues to be a deadly asset, but he even handled the ball off pick and rolls which was very impressive. UAAP, ingat.
CJ Cansino (8 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 turnover)
While his halfcourt offense still needs work, Cansino just finds ways to contribute for his team. Despite handling the ball more than usual in this game, he committed just one turnover.
- UST’s lack of rim protection made the difference in this game. There were too many instances where NU’s wings got to drive to the rim with zero problems. This is where you miss big man Steve Akomo, his length and activity are difference makers.
- A promising stat for the Bulldogs: 20 assists, a far cry from their average of just 13.9. A big part was how well the big men of NU moved the ball around, making life easier for everyone else.
- As good as UST has been this season, their reliance on the three-point shot is concerning. While it is understandable given their lack of a scoring big man, it’s something to take note of as the season approaches deep waters.