SAN JUAN City – National University trounced a tough Adamson University quintet, 65-57, to earn a spot in the semifinals of the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Tuesday (June 7) at the San Juan Arena. Mohammad Salim hit the crucial baskets and Adven Jess Diputado did a fine job of quarterbacking the team in the fourth period as the Bulldogs stretched their winning streak to six games dating back to the elimination phase wherein they emerged as the top seed of Group A.
“It will be a big experience for our young team to play in the semifinals,” observed Coach Eric Altamirano. “Salim and Diputado played well today coming off the bench especially on defense because our philosophy is to always make stops.”
The score was deadlocked entering the final period when CJ Cadua drove strong to the hole and give the Falcons their last taste of the lead, 45-43. Salim then responded with a three-point play off Khristian Bernardo and followed it up with a triple to give National an unassailable 49-45 edge with still 7:47 to play.
Diputado then proceeded to score all his nine points to keep the Falcons at bay. The Bulldogs now await the winner of the game between defending champion San Beda College and Arellano University.
Salim scored seven of his 12 points in the final period on top of four rebounds and two blocks. Afred Aroga was next with 10 points.
Papi Sarr paced the Falcons with 11 points and 12 rebounds. JD Tungcab added 10 points off the bench.
How They Scored:
NATIONAL (65) – Salim 12, Aroga 10, Diputado 9, Salem 8, Abatayo 6, Yu 4, Mosqueda 4, Morido 3, Labing-isa 3, Gallego 2, Aquino 2, Cauilan 2, Lastimosa 0, Go 0.
ADAMSON (57) – Sarr 11, Tungcab 10, Ahanmisi 7, Paranada 6, Ng 5, Espeleta 4, Manganti 4, Pasturan 3, Camacho 2, Bernardo 2, Cadua 2, Manalang 1, Ochea 0.
Period Scores: 13-17, 27-26, 43-43, 65-57.