Na­tional Univer­sity looks to con­tinue writ­ing its own script in UAAP Sea­son 80

Business World - - WORLDSPORTS - Michael An­gelo S. Murillo

WITH their play­off hopes in Sea­son 80 of the Univer­sity Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines (UAAP) kept alive after a gutsy win in their game last time around, the Na­tional Univer­sity (NU) Bull­dogs are bent more than ever to con­tinue writ­ing their own script as they play their last game of the elim­i­na­tion round.

De­feated the Far Eastern Univer­sity ( FEU) Ta­ma­raws, 87- 84, last Wed­nes­day to stay in the Fi­nal Four hunt while de­rail­ing the lat­ter’s push to ad­vance to the next round out­right, the Bull­dogs ( 5- 8) still have a chance to move on to the semis pro­vided they beat the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines ( UP) Fight­ing Ma­roons ( 5- 8) and FEU (6-7) loses to the Adam­son Soar­ing Fal­cons (9-4) in games set for to­mor­row at the Smart Araneta Coli­seum.

In such an out­come, NU ties FEU, forc­ing a play­off for the last semi­fi­nal spot.

For NU coach Jamike Jarin, while their play­off chances do not rest solely in their hands, they prom­ise to go for it and let the chips fall where they may.

“We just con­trol what we can con­trol. But def­i­nitely we will give our best in our game on Satur­day,” said Mr. Jarin after their win over FEU.

“The beauty of sports is you’ll never know what will hap­pen. It’s un­scripted. So with that, we hope to con­tinue writ­ing our own script for the sea­son,” he added.

In beat­ing FEU, NU used a strong fin­ish in the end to pull the rug from un­der FEU, which was seem­ingly headed for the vic­tory and the Fi­nal Four for much of the con­test.

Big man Issa Gaye led the Bull­dogs with 24 points and 11 re­bounds while Jay­jay Ale­jan­dro fin­ished with 17 points, six re­bounds and nine as­sists.

Enzo Jo­son added 13 mark­ers for NU.

The Bull­dogs play the Ma­roons at 2 p.m. while FEU faces off with Adam­son at 4 p.m.

The UAAP Sea­son 80 elim­i­na­tion round ends on Sun­day with the Univer­sity of the East Red War­riors (3-10) tak­ing on the still-win­less Univer­sity of Santo To­mas Growl­ing Tigers (0-13) at 12 noon also at the Smart Araneta Coli­seum.

League- lead­ing Ate­neo Blue Ea­gles (13-0), mean­while, go for sweep of the elim­i­na­tions against de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons De La Salle Green Archers (11-2) at 4 p.m. —

THE NU BULL­DOGS look to ex­tend their UAAP sea­son when they col­lide with the UP Fight­ing Ma­roons to­mor­row.

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