It was a sweet victory for the National University Bulldogs; regardless of the controversy surrounding the game.
In my pre-game article, I mentioned two things the Bulldogs have to have on their mental check list coming into their game against UST Growling Tigers. They managed to put a check on both of them; Ray Parks who only had 11 points to his name in their last game, scored 20 points, six rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks helped the team bounce back from their sorry loss against UE. The team in Gold and Blue proved to be a better a stronger team out-scoring UST in all four quarters, 22-15, 37-31, 54-44 and ending the game with 71-67.
Review the Keys to the Game
Take it Outside
The Bulldogs had a bad shooting from the 3-point area having only five converted triples from 20 attempts. Parks, Dennis Villamor and Troy Rosario each contributing a trey while Gelo Alolino scoring two three-pointers. They, however, had a better field goal percentage than the Tigers. They had 41.4 FG% against UST’s 27.9 FG%. They also dominated the board as well, getting 46 rebounds, 20 of those are offensive rebounds. Emmanuel Mbe who had 11 rebounds chipped in 17 points and a steal.
Keep Teng At Bay
Jeric Teng who only played for 17 minutes the whole game due to a shoulder injury from a Jeff Javillanor foul had seven points, three rebounds and three assists. It was not the kind of “keeping Teng at bay” I had in my mind, though.
We Need Alolino
We didn’t see much of this NU guard who played 31 minutes in the entire game only had eight points, six of them coming from behind the 3-point line. He also had three rebounds, four assists and a steal.
The Bulldogs had a 12-point advantage against the Tigers but the Tigers quickly cut it down to a smaller margin. It was the problem Coach Eric Altamirano had acknowledged. In an interview Coach E said, “We knew coming to the game that we’ll have a hard time against UST because they never give up until the very end. And I keep telling the boys to keep their composure, especially in the end game. I think that’s something we have to correct, protecting the lead and being composed. The lack of it showed again today, it’s a good thing we pulled through.” via Philstar.com. Also, the NU Bulldogs managed to lessen their turnovers having only 17 but it was still a little bit worse than UST Tiger’s 14.
The National University Bulldogs are now tied at second-place with UST Growling Tigers, DLSU Green Archers and Adamson Soaring Falcons.