Dave Ildefonso stars as NU holds off UST | Inquirer Sports

Dave Ildefonso stars as NU holds off UST

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 06:26 PM September 08, 2018

NU’s Sean Dave Ildefonso drives past the defense of UST’s CJ Cansino. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin Vardeleon

National University held off University of Santo Tomas, 75-70, at the start of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena.

Rookie Dave Ildefonso played like a veteran in his debut for the Bulldogs, scoring a game-high 20 points that went with seven rebounds, four assists and a block.

ADVERTISEMENT

NU blew a 17-point lead it built in the third quarter after UST came within four, 72-68, after a basket by Steve Akomo with 1:36 left.

“Coaches were not satisfied. We played really good in the third quarter but we didn’t play selflsess in the fourth quarter that only shows that we really have a young team,” said NU head coach Jamike Jarin.

FEATURED STORIES

“But like what I’ve been telling everybody especially these young men, we have to mature fast in order to compete this season.”

First-year forward CJ Cansino also shone with 20 points and nine rebounds to lead the Growling Tigers, who muffed several chances to pull much closer inside the final minute.

Shaun Ildefonso, Dave’s older brother, added a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds while Issa Gaye anchored NU’s defense with seven blocks with six points and four rebounds to boot.

With Gaye inside for the Bulldogs, the Tigers had to bleed for points. UST’s guards Renzo Subido and Marvin Lee had a cold shooting night, combining for 8-of-43 from the field.

Despite the loss, a five-point loss to a Final Four contender in NU gives UST a lot of reasons to feel good about this year under new coach Aldin Ayo after coming off a season where it finished with only one win.

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Basketball, CJ Cansino, Dave Ildefonso, Issa Gaye, Jamike Jarin, NU Bulldogs, Shaun Ildefonso, UAAP Season 81, UST Growling Tigers
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our sports news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2023 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.