NU extends run to 3 games, ousts Wangs from playoff race | Inquirer Sports

NU extends run to 3 games, ousts Wangs from playoff race

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 04:00 PM May 06, 2019
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MANILA, Philippines—SMDC-National University picked up its third straight win after trouncing Wangs Basketball, 102-71, in the 2019 PBA D-League Season Monday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.

The also-ran Bulldogs, who got off to a fast start, also pulled the plug on the Couriers’ bid to make the playoffs.

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“Good thing is we’re finishing strong and that’s a great sign for us. We’re playing better defense, moving the ball well, and the roles are being defined better,” said NU coach Jamike Jarin, whose squad dropped its first five games.

Issa Gaye just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds while Niko Abatayo scored 12 for NU.

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The Bulldogs pulled ahead, 34-20, at the end of the first quarter and never looked back, extending their lead to as high as 32, 88-56, early in the final frame.

Denzel Wong had a game-high 17 points for Wangs (3-5), which suffered its fourth consecutive loss.

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