Reigning titlist National University (NU) outclassed De La Salle-Zobel, 61-45, to advance to the finals of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 juniors basketball tournament on Monday at the Blue Eagle Gym in Katipunan, Quezon City.
John Clemente led the Bullpups with 14 points on top of five rebounds and three assists while Justine Baltazar provided the needed support by churning out 13 markers and hauling down 11 boards.
Philip Manalang added nine and Mark Dyke also delivered nine and 13 rebounds.
Aljun Melencio had 15 points for the Junior Archers, who settled for the third place trophy.
NU will be facing last year’s runner-up Ateneo de Manila University in their finals series beginning on Friday at 2 p.m. at The Arena in San Juan City.
The Blue Eaglets hold a thrice-to-beat advantage in the finals after sweeping the 14-game elimination round.
Ateneo will be bannered by Nieto siblings Mike and Matthew along with Lorenzo Mendoza, Lorenz Joson and Shaun Ildefonso.
Last season, NU defeated Ateneo in the finals via 2-0 sweep (101-81 overtime in Game 1 and 93-74 in Game 2).