After eliminating them in Season 76, the National University Bulldogs got payback by blowing out the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers 59-40 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Bulldogs never looked back after coming out with guns ablaze after halftime and rode a 12-2 surge behind veterans Gelo Alolino and Troy Rosario. Alolino led the Bulldogs with 13 points and three steals while Rosario, after going scoreless in the first half, chipped in nine points and six rebounds.
“Last year ko, kailangan ko lang ipakita sa mga teammate ko yung standard ng dating team”, said Rosario.
UST, scored only ten points in the third quarter and 19 in the second half, was led by Cameroonian center Karim Abdul with 11 points and 11 rebounds but had five turnovers, while swingman Aljon Mariano added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Next on NU’s schedule will be the University of the Philippines on Sunday, July 20 also at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.