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Filoil Preseason Cup: NU topples UP to stay unbeaten

/ 04:06 PM August 07, 2022
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FILE – John Lloyd Clemente of NU during a UAAP game. INQUIRER/Tristan Tamayo

MANILA, Philippines—JD Cagulangan’s heroics were not to be this time as National University squeaked past University of the Philippines, 74-72, in Group A of the FilOil-EcoOil Preseason Cup.

With the win, the Bulldogs are now the only undefeated team in their group while the Fighting Maroons suffered their first loss after a 5-0 start.

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UP, however, had a chance to keep its undefeated streak going but Cagulangan, the hero in the Maroons’ dramatic championship victory in UAAP Season 84, missed the potential game-winning triple as time ran out.

“If it (shot) goes in, it goes in, that was our defensive plan. If this was the UAAP, I would be mad, but this preseason is all about learning. These games are for our learning,” NU head coach Jeff Napa said in the post-game press conference at San Juan Arena on Sunday.

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John Lloyd Clemente, LA Casinillo and Steve Nash Enriquez led the way for NU as they combined for 42 points.

The Bulldogs battled back from a double-digit deficit in the second half and stretched their winning streak to four games.

A floater by Enriquez followed by a free throw by Clemente gave NU a 74-72 edge inside the final 30 seconds.

Carl Tamayo, whose 3-pointer made pulled UP within a point, 73-72, posted 24 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort.

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