Bulldogs, Falcons give UAAP 2-0 edge in College Wars

UAAP teams National University and Adamson University put away their NCAA counterparts on opening day of the ABS-CBN-backed College Wars at the Emilio Aguinaldo College Gym last June 15.

Behind the exploits of Kokoy Hermosisima, the Bulldogs came away with an 86-81 win over the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta in the first game. A close first half turned into somewhat of a struggle for the Altas in the next 20 minutes as the firepower of Hermosisima, Mervin Baloran and big man Jewel Ponferrada gave the Sampaloc unit a 10-point edge late in the third quarter. However, swingman John Galabin responded for coach Boris Aldeguer’s squad, nailing crucial baskets to trim the Bulldog lead to two, 74-72 with 7:22 in the game.

The Altas, who lost key man Raffy Ynion to fouls, failed to sustain their rally, allowing NU to hold on and help the UAAP draw first blood. Hermosisima led the Bulldogs with 21 points, while Galabin had 22 to pace Perpetual Help.

In the second game, Adamson University fended off a late blitz to hold off San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 69-66. The Falcons, despite building an 11-point lead entering the second quarter, were held to just five points in the next 10 minutes of action. The Stags, in return, launched an 11-0 run to seize the momentum entering the half.

In the third period, the wards of coach Leo Austria regrouped and regained the lead courtesy of a basket by Jerick Cañada at the 1:40 mark of the quarter. The Stags regained the lead at the 4:07 mark of the fourth period but Adamson came away with the win thanks to crucial baskets by Cebuano forward Jan Colina, who led all scorers with 20 points. Swingman Jimbo Aquino led the Stags with 17 points.

On Wednesday, June 16, the College Wars take centerstage at the Jose Rizal University Gym along Shaw Boulevard. At 2 p.m., Mapua Institute of Technology takes on University of the Philippines, while the hosts Heavy Bombers do battle against reigning UAAP champions Ateneo de Manila University at 4 p.m. All games are broadcast live on Studio 23.

The scores:

First game

NU 86 – Hermosisima 21, Baloran 17, Ponferrada 10, Cabaluna 7, Malanday 7, Luy 6, Singh 5, Terso 5, Fabula 3, Tungcul 2, Roy 2, Manito 1, Donahue 0.

Perpetual Help 81 – Galabin 22, Ynion 14, Elopre 13, Salanga 10, Salvado 10, Vivero 5, Carullo 4, Roño 3, Sicat 0, Hainga 0, dela Cruz 0.

Quarter scores: 26-25, 49-40, 68-58, 86-81.

Second game

Adamson 69 – Colina 20, Galinato 11, Alvarez 9, Canuday 7, Cabrera 6, Lozada 5, Cañada 4, Nuyles 4, Etrone 2, Camson 1, Importante 0, Yambot 0, Santos 0.

San Sebastian 66 – Aquino 17, Abueva 13, Pascual 9, Bulawan 8, Najorda 6, del Rio 5, Maconocido 4, Gusi 2, Dizon 2, Raymundo 0, Semira 0, Gatchalian 0.

Quarter scores: 27-16, 32-36, 46-48, 69-66.

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I wish InboundPass.com didn’t deleted this article. – JOSH™

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~ by Joshua Tadena on June 17, 2009.

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