MANDALUYONG CITY – The showdown between two of the league’s finest young guards came good as advertised but it was the supporting crew that made the big difference as Manuel L. Quezon University bamboozled Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, 103-78, at the 16th National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) at the Rizal Technological University Gym Monday (August 31). EARIST’s Tolits Natividad and MLQU’s Christopher Bitoon neutralized each other as they matched each other’s shots but it was Bitoon and company that went home the victors.
Bitoon actually allowed his teammates to hug the limelight in the opening period as Gianne Rivera scattered 11 points, one less than the entire EARIST quintet, to push the Stallions to a dizzying 32-12 lead. It was an all-MLQU show hence with Bitoon finally focusing on scoring to make 14 and 10 points in the second and third periods to set the stage for the game’s biggest lead sometime in the fourth period, 97-61.
Bitoon had a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds for Best Player honors. Also banging in twin digits were Nikko Lao (14), Jeymark Mallari (13), Daryl Aurelio (12) and Rivera (11) in a show of offensive might.
Natividad matched Bitoon with 29 points on top of seven rebounds and four assists. Bryan Hilario followed with 17 points and seven rebounds as the Red Fox fell to the league’s cellar with no wins in three starts.
How They Scored:
MANUEL L. QUEZON (103) – Bitoon 29, Lao 14, Mallari 13, Aurelio 12, Rivera 11, de la Cruz 9, Padua 6, Pangan 5, Ignacio 2, Baliday 2, Macalangcom 0.
E A R I S T (78) – Natividad 29, Hilario 17, Pancho 12, Bandalan 9, Cruz 3, Montealegre 2, Cabalsi 2, Baculpo 2, Llobrera 2, Joyo 0, Martinez 0, Ramos 0, Urbano 0, Galvez 0.
Period Scores: 32-12, 58-32, 87-58, 103-78.