UAAP: National swamps UP to coast to 3rd straight win

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National University coasted to its third straight win in UAAP men’s basketball by routing winless University of the Philippines, 74-60, behind the explosive performance of two-time Most Valuable Player Bobby Ray Parks.

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Parks canned 18 points, hauled down nine rebounds and made six assists as the Bulldogs completely dominated the Fighting Maroons.

“UP is an unpredictable and you have to be at your best to beat them,” said NU head coach Eric Altamirano, who also got 12 points, six rebounds and seven assists from Gelo Alolino.

The Bulldogs raced to a 21-13 lead in the end of first quarter before closing out the first half at 39-29 behind the impressive performance of Parks, who already tallied 10 points along with five rebounds and four assists.

UP came within 42-45 in the third quarter after Joseph Marata’s triple, but NU had turned on the firepower to improve its win-loss record to 3-1.

The Bulldogs also tied the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers for second spot with the same win-loss record.

The Fighting Maroons, who has lost 11 straight games since the 75 Season, fell to 0-4 this season.

NU’s lead was at its biggest, 71-52, on split free throws by Parks entering the last two minutes. Parks also made 14-of-16 attempts in the foul line.

The Bulldogs also recorded a seventh straight against the Fighting Maroons since 2009.

JOSEF T. RAMOS

 

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