Starting a 0-3 record is not good at all especially if you’re coming off a championship season. Even professional teams like the San Miguel Beermen experienced this struggle before. Regroup. Think what are the things that made you a true champ. Go back to the basics of the game. Trust your teammates. Play within the system.

“You held me down, but I got up already brushing off the dust.”

This lyrics of Katty Perry’s phenomenal hit “Roar” is the perfect song for the NU Bulldogs. Coming off a much-needed win against the previously unblemished record of UST Growling Tigers, the defending champions nailed their second win of the season against a lowly AdU Falcons.


  1. Known for their defensive tenacity, the Bulldogs posted an incredible offensive rating of 101.8 points per 100 (YES!), almost close to average production of FEU (102.4) in Season 78.
  2. The inside dominance of NU was very evident. The Sampaloc-based squad overpowered Adamson inside the paint, 46-28. Alfred Aroga, who showed inside-out repertoire in this game, poured game-high 16 points and eight rebounds. Unknown big man Ralph Tansingco contributed 10 markers together with seven boards off the pine.
  3. A blitzing 12-0 run for the National University changed the complexion of the game and never looked back. Tie at 19 to start the second quarter, the Bulldogs imposed their pesky defense in which the Falcons could not handled on, who went scoreless in the first five minutes of the quarter.
  4. It seems that NU is very aggressive going to the basket in all of their games. They lead the league in terms of charity percentage, 68.9% FT. In this game alone, the likes of Aroga and Rev Diputado shot six times at the foul line and converted with five each (83%). Overall, the team shot  16/20 (80%).


Well, I can’t help but to be amazed how the Bulldogs are imposing their re-emergence on the defensive end. In their first three outings, they surrendered an average of 65 points. Their back to-back wins against UST and AdU just proven that they clawed their way back to the defensive region where they only allowed 54.5 points. Coach E is very pleased with their defense and hopeful that his boys will continue it to surge into Final Four contention.

‘Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me roar

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
You’re gonna hear me roar!

Featured Image Credit: Josh Albelda