Filoil Preseason Cup: NU fends off San Sebastian to advance to semis
MANILA, Philippines—National University sank huge shots in the clutch to eliminate San Sebastian, 75-64, on Tuesday, staying unbeaten heading into the semifinals of the Filoil EcoOil Preseason Cup.
Playing without five players in their lineup, the Bulldogs relied on their supporting cast to deliver down the stretch.
“I know that anyone can step up here, despite some injuries and Kean [Baclaan] not being able to play. We just took our rhythm late through our defense. That’s what we’re trying to make our bread and butter,” NU head coach Jeff Napa said after the game.
NU played without key players Steve Nash Enriquez (hamstring), John Lloyd Clemente (sick) and Kean Baclaan, who is not allowed to play yet after being acquired by the Bulldogs a few days ago.
With the Bulldogs just ahead by three 63-60, John Figueroa converted a reverse layup to start a string of clutch NU baskets. JM Galinato and MJ Malonzo then delivered the finishing touches for the Bulldogs, 73-64, with only 1:11 remaining.
Galinato was the main man for the Bulldogs with 19 points and four assists. Figuero added 13 points while RJ Minerva had 11.
Milo Janao registered 13 markers while Rhinwil Yambing chipped in 11 for the Stags, who have concluded their pre-season campaign.
The Bulldogs, who are on a nine-game winning streak, will face the Adamson Soaring Falcons in the semis.
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