BOBBY Ray Parks posted a season-high 30 points and 10 rebounds as No. 1 National University (NU) nipped winless University of the Philippines (UP), 79-62, on Wednesday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball Season 76 at the Araneta Coliseum.
“I credited all my teammates for playing well and at the same time, I’m so thankful for the trust of Coach Eric [Altamirano] to my shooting,” said Parks, who shot 12-of-20 (60 percent) from the field plus three triples.
The 6’7 Cameroonian Emma-nuel Mbe notched 14 points plus 13 rebounds as the Bulldogs bagged its sixth straight victory for a 9-3 win-loss record. The win earned the squad at least a playoff berth.
Far Eastern University (FEU) is currently settled at No. 2 with an 8-4 win-loss log.
“We did not underestimate UP because we believed they will go all-out against us,” said NU mentor Eric Altamirano. “Getting the No. 1 spot is a false sense of security because the standings are tight. We just need to play tough in our remaining games.”
The Bulldogs unleashed a blistering 21-12 attack in the third quarter on the way to an insurmountable 64-48 advantage at the start of fourth quarter.
The UP Fighting Maroons, who drew 17 points and 13 points from Raul Soyud and Joseph Marata, respectively, remained winless in 11 games.
In the second game, De La Salle University prevailed over University of the East (UE), 75-65, in overtime to stretch its winning streak to five. The Green Archers are now sharing the second spot with the Tamaraws that have an identical 8-4 win-loss slate.
Freshman Jason Perkins scored a career-high 22 points along with nine rebounds; Jeron Teng had 17 points and seven rebounds while guard Almond Vosotros piled up 16 points for the Green Archers.
With their third straight loss, the Red Warriors’ win-loss card dropped to 5-6.
Meanwhile, the UAAP board allowed 6’8 Charles Mammie to play for UE in the game after his two-game suspension was reduced to only one game.