Sun.Star Cebu

Magis Eagles fall short against NU in NBTC


The Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) Magis Eagles ended their journey in the NBTC National Finals with a 71-41 loss against the National University (NU) Baby Bullpups in the semifinal round at the Mall of Asia Arena yesterday.

The SHS-AdC, which was off a a morale-boosting an upset win against sister school Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) the other day, put up a gallant stand against NU before losing steam in the second half.

SHS-Adc trailed by only five points against the University Athletic Associatio­n of the Philippine­s (UAAP) junior’s runner-up NU, 33-28, at the half but the Bullpups found their stroke in the second half, putting up a a 14-point lead after the third quarter. NU continued to fire on all cylinders in the fourth, thanks to Gerry Abadiano, and finished the game at 71-47.

It was in the quarterfin­als when the No.8 seeded SHS-AdC stole the thunder with a 72-70 upset against the No.1 seed and reigning UAAP juniors champions ADMU.

Errol Pastor and Wilson Yu led SHS-AdC in the pulsating win against ADMU. Pastor fired 21 points with eight rebounds while Yu added 18 points and six rebounds.

SHS-AdC athletic director Rico Navarro said that the semis this year was an over achievemen­t.

“We’re ranked eight and expected to lose to ADMU in the quarters,” he said.

The SHS-AdC made it to the semis after beating University of Assumption (UA-San Fernando) in the first round, Hope Christian College in the second round and eventually ADMU in the quarters.

Meanwhile, the NU and reigning National Collegiate Athletic Associatio­n (NCAA) juniors champion La Salle Greenhills will clash in the final today. /

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