MANILA, Philippines — Nationwide College unleashed a fourth-quarter surge to stun defending champion Ateneo, 77-64, within the UAAP Season 86 males’s basketball opener on Saturday at Mall of Asia Area.
The Bulldogs opened the payoff interval with a 10-0 run capped by Michael Malonzo’s basket inside for a 65-47 lead with 6:49 remaining.
Donn Lim’s hook shot and Patrick Yu’s triple tallied the most important lead of 20 factors, 70-50, with 3:55 left as Ateneo didn’t rating a area aim for over six minutes till Sean Quitevis stopped the bleeding to trim the deficit to 18.
NU by no means seemed again and handed Ateneo’s first opening day defeat in 5 years for the reason that Season 81 opener loss to Adamson.
However coach Jeff Napa pressured that their first win won’t imply a factor of their bid to surpass their earlier bronze end final season, shifting their focus towards Far Japanese College on Wednesday.
“Itong panalo na ‘to, wala lang naman ‘to e. Wala namang silbi ‘to eh. Doesn’t imply kung ano man dito e. Only a win. We’ll simply proceed once more pushing ourselves to the restrict para makapagbigay kami ng magandang efficiency para sa mga legit Dabarkads,” stated Napa after the sport.
“Naka-tsamba siguro kami towards a stronger group so we have to put together towards FEU. We are going to shift our focus towards FEU.”
Yu led the balanced assault of the Bulldogs with 12 factors on 3-of-4 three-point capturing. Steve Nash Enriquez delivered 10 factors and two assists. Kenshin Padrones had 9 factors, whereas Jolo Manansala and PJ Palacielo added eight markers and 5 rebounds every.
Kean Baclaan contributed 4 factors and 4 rebounds and dished out a game-high eight assists, as Omar John and Jake Figueroa had seven factors every, whereas Malonzo and Lim added six every.
NU missed its first 10 photographs from the three-point line however completed the sport with seven triples to affix fellow opening-day winner College of the East.
Guards Quitevis and Gab Gomez led Ateneo with 12 factors, whereas Ian Espinosa contributed 10 factors, three rebounds, and two assists.
The defending champions, with out graduates Ange Kouame, Dave Ildefonso, and BJ Andrade in addition to ineligible Forthsky Padrigao, solely drew 4 factors from Kai Ballungay, who missed all his six photographs from the sphere.
Prized recruit and Gilas cadet Mason Amos solely had two markers on 1-of-4 capturing in 17 minutes of motion as they attempt to bounce again towards archrival La Salle.
NU coach Jeff Napa, Kean Baclaan, and Jake Figueroa after beating Ateneo within the #UAAPSeason86 opener.
Posted by Inquirer Sports activities on Saturday, September 30, 2023
NU (77) — Yu 12, Enriquez 10, Padrones 9, Manansala 8, Palacielo 8, John 7, Figueroa 7, Malonzo 6, Lim 6, Baclaan 4, Jumamoy 0, Casinillo 0, Delos Reyes 0, Gulapa 0, Parks 0, Galinato 0.
Ateneo (64) — Gomez 12, Quitevis 12, Espinosa 10, Lazaro 6, Bongo 5, Credo 4, Koon 4, Ballungay 4, Brown 3, Amos 0, Obasa 0, Chiu 0, Nieto 0, Celis 0.
Quarterscores: 23-15, 36-32, 55-47, 77-64