National University (NU) posted a come-from-behind 101-93 overtime win against Ateneo de Manila University to earn a 1-0 edge in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 76 juniors basketball finals on Monday at The Arena in San Jan Arena.
Mythical Team member Hubert Cani spearheaded the NU Bullpups with 24 points, six rebounds, eight assists and three steals while Manuel Mosqueda had 22 points, four rebounds, four assists and a block.
John Cauilan chipped in 17 markers and 12 rebounds while Mark Dyke also made his presence felt with his own 16-point, 20-rebound double-double showing. Michael Battad contributed 13.
The Bullpups hold a thrice-to-beat advantage after sweeping the elimination round. They will try to clinch the title in Game 2 scheduled on Wednesday at the same venue.
Aaron Black led the Blue Eaglets with 30 points and eight rebounds while Matthew Nieto added 18 points.
This season’s Most Valuable Player Thirdy Ravena had a sterling triple-double performance of 14 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists in 38 minutes while Michael Nieto and Jose Mendoza delivered a combined 21-point output.
Ateneo nailed a commanding 12-point lead, 86-75, in the last three minutes of the fourth quarter until NU unleashed a blistering 11-0 bomb to extend the game into overtime.
The Bullpups then outscored the Blue Eaglets in the extra period, 15-7, to seal the win.