ALFRED Aroga posted 18 points and 15 rebounds as National University (NU) beat University of the East (UE), 57-55, to stay on top of the standings of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 men’s basketball tournament on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Bulldogs banked on the prowess of Glenn Khobuntin and 6’6 Troy Rosario, who contributed 14 and 11 points respectively, to the Bulldogs’ win. NU is now bearing a 5-1 win-loss record.
“It could have gone either way. I commend the boys for their resiliency in the end. They refused to give up,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano.
After engaging in a prolonged neck-to-neck battle, the sharp three-point shooting of Gelo Alolino and Aroga put the Bulldogs on top, 57-54, with only less than a minute remaining. But UE’s Shej Roi Sumang’s split charity narrowed the gap to 57-55.
The Bulldogs were also cited for a three-second violation in the last 17 seconds giving the Red Warriors a chance to tie or win the game.
But Sumang, who finished with 16 points, delivered a lay-up that allowed the Bulldogs to escape with a slim win.
UE after its third straight loss got a 2-3 record.
In the second game, Kiefer Ravena led Ateneo De Manila University to an 81-78 win over Far Eastern University. The Blue Eagles are now solo second bearing a 4-1 win-loss record.
Chris Newsome added 17 points plus seven rebounds while Nico Elorde and guard Von Pessumal contributed 12 points apiece for the Blue Eagles.
The Tamaraws with 3-2 win-loss log under head coach Nash Racela dropped to the fourth place.