Varsity Sports Flasback-Pong Ducanes analyzes the NU Bullpups-Adamson Baby Falcons’ season 77 UAAP junior basketball semis performance

Next to the La Salle Zobel Junior Archers, the National University Bullpups is another team which fought hard to stay alive in the season 77 University Athletic Association of the Philippines(UAAP) junior basketball wars.

 

Resident statsman Pong Ducanes got me entertained with his tweets on that game when I finally found it online this afternoon, and two months after the game was finished.

 

As community wireless internet service finally got restored in my neighborhood(and after a 3-day breakdown), I finally got to retrieve all available stats of that game.

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(Mark Dyke in action).

03, February, 2015,

4 p.m.,

Tuesday,

Blue Eagle gym,

Ateneo de Manila campus,

Katipunan Ave., Quezon City

 

Pong chronicled the performance of the NU Bullpups and the Adamson Baby Falcons during their game which happened last Feb. 3.

 

According to Pong’s tweets, he noted that,”in 40 mins of action NU led in the last 39 mins & 8 secs of the game.”

 

He also felt that the Baby Falcons were “out of sync today ourebounded by 40, missed 21 FT’s & 1/11 on wide open field goal attempts.”

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(NU Bullpup Philip Manalang).

And so, the defending champion NU went on to follow up on a great start with greater ending.

 

They blasted the  Adamson University Baby Falcons, 72-45, in the lone game that day at the Blue Eagle gym in Quezon City.

 

Mark Dyke fired 23 points for the Bullpups.

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(NU’s Jordan Sta. Ana).

Because of this, the NU Bullpups stayed in contention for a finals slot, and won the no. 2 seeding in the stepladder semifinal round.

 

The Bullpups took charge early, unleashing a 19-9 blast in the first period.

 

It was their first won game after suffering three straight losses.

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(Baby Falcon JD Tungcab)- photo by Richard Esguerra.

The Baby Falcons were kept at bay with NU’s full court and transition game.

 

As a result, Adamson was limited to just nine points in the first 10 minutes.

 

Jordan Sta. Ana led NU’s  attacks, scoring eight of the team’s first nine points during that period.

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(Baby Falcon JD Tungcab)- photo by Richard Esguerra.

Dyke then struck with  15 points to  to lead the Bullpups to a 41-21 spread at halftime.

 

He ended up with a double-double as he also hauled down 26 rebounds.

 

What’s important in this game is that his teammates realized they needed to step up and help him (Dyke),” said Bullpups coach Jeff Napa.

 

The Baby Falcons finally got their game going in the third.

 

They had a 7-0 run in the final three-minutes.

 

But the Bullpup answered with a 6-0 spurt before the buzzer sounded.

 

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