December 12, 2017, 12:14 pm
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Bullpups, Eaglets keep perfect slates

NATIONAL University and Ateneo continue to dominate the UAAP Season 80 juniors basketball tournament with two playing dates left in the first round.

With perfect 5-0 records, the Bullpups and Blue Eaglets are the only remaining undefeated teams.

Over the weekend, NU bested defending champion Far Eastern University-Diliman 80-68 while Ateneo overpowered University of Santo Tomas 94-63.

Determined to rebound from last season’s finals loss to the Baby Tamaraws, the Bullpups are making big strides behind Rhayyan Amsali, who is averaging a double-double of 14.4 points and 10 rebounds per games.

Terrence Fortea (13.4 points), Miguel Oczon (12.6 points), Matthew Manalang (11.6) and Michael Malonzo (10.2) are also averaging in double figures for NU.

Not far behind are the Eagles, with sophomore center Kai Sotto producing huge numbers with an impressive 14.6-point, 12.2-rebound and 4.4-block averages.

SJ Belangel is averaging 15.4 points per game to spearhead Ateneo along with Dave Ildefonso (13 points, eight rebounds per game) and Joaquin Manuel (10.4 points).

The Bullpups and Eaglets clash for the solo lead when action resumes tomorrow at The Arena in San Juan. Tip-off is at 11 a.m.
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