National University (NU) trampled Adamson University, 62-25, to gain the solo lead on Wednesday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The Bulldogs notched their fourth win in five games while the Soaring Falcons are still winless in four outings.
Rodolfo Alejandro had a season-high 13 points while Gelo Alolino delivered 10 points for NU.
Adamson had three points in the first quarter. It was in August 2009 when a team, ironically NU, scored just three points in the same time period.
The Soaring Falcons’ total output (25 points) was also the lowest in the league, beating the old record of 39 points when University of the Philippines lost to University of Santo Tomas in 2013 (69-39).
“It,s about how we play. We’re not thinking about the score. We cannot take them [Adamson] lightly,” said NU head coach Eric Altamirano.
In the first game, Far Eastern University (FEU) repulsed University of the East (UE), 73-63, to claim its third win.
FEU joined Ateneo de Manila University in the second spot with 3-1 mark while UE accompanied defending champion De La Salle University at fourth with 2-2.
The vastly improved Mark Belo led the Tamaraws as he fired 21 points while Anthony Hargrove backed him up with a solid 14-point, 12-rebound output. Mike Tolomia also contributed 13 markers.
“We like that we’re getting wins and we’re hoping that we get better as the season goes along. We emphasized on individual de–fense. UE is a pressing team and we want that coz we want to attack the basket,” said FEU head coach Nash Racela.
Paul Andrew Varilla scored 12 points and Pedrito Galanza got 11 for the Red Warriors.
Meanwhile, the University of Santo Tomas-UE game at 2 p.m. and the Adamson-FEU match at 4 p.m. will be held on August 13 at the MOA Arena. Those games were suspended last July 16 because of Typhoon Glenda.