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NU Bulldogs edges-out UP to stay in race for podium finish

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Only the UST Tiger Jins are locked at 1st, the race for 2nd and 3rd have yet to be decided as it is a 3-way race between the Bulldog Jins, the Red Jins and the Green Jins, all virtually tied as of the moment with UE holding a tiebreaker advantage by virtue of UE’s win over NU in day 2.

Rannie Mercado could have won the finweight match against Alfred Avila. Both successfully converted their kicks into points. However, Avila knocked down Mercado numerous times in the match and Mercado would accidentally go into the restricted area a few times resulting to 7 kyonggos and 3 points for Avila. Avila won the bout 8-5. Diether Baylon then outpointed Juztin Castillo in the flyweight match 5-2 to give NU a 2-nill lead. Josiah Cabanag finally broke into the win column, not only for the team but also for himself, with a 6-5 win over still listless Jefferson Piopongco. Aljon Artonio would give NU a 3-1 lead with a 5-3 lead over Sean Rodriguez. Former FEU-Fern Junior’s standout, now suiting up for UP, Karlos Gaerlan tried to rally the UP side back with an 8-5 win over Dave Cea but it was Arven Alcantara’s short work of disposing Joko Silverio in the 1st round of the welterweight match that sealed the series for the Bulldogs. In a heavyweight match that has no bearing in the team standings but has huge implications in the middleweight-heavyweight division, Guillano de Dios destroyed Erickson Silvestre 19-2, including a huge spinning head kick that was worth 4 points.

SERIES SUMMARY
DAY 3 MORNING SERIES: NU vs. UP
NU 4-3 UP


MEN’S FINWEIGHT MATCH
NU: ALFRED JOSEPH AVILA (W-L: 3-2) def. UP: RANNIE MERCADO (W-L: 1-4) via final score (PTF)                                             


MEN’S FLYWEIGHT MATCH
NU: DIETHER BAYLON (W-L: 2-3) def. UP: JUZTIN CASTILLO (W-L: 1-4) via final score (PTF)


MEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT MATCH
UP: JOSIAH CABANAG (W-L: 1-4) def. NU: JEFFERSON PIOPONGCO (W-L: 0-5) via final score (PTF)


MEN’S FEATHERWEIGHT MATCH
NU: ALJON ORTONIO (W-L: 3-2) def. UP: SEAN RODRIGUEZ (W-L: 1-4) via final score (PTF)


MEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT MATCH
UP: KARLOS BENEDICT GAERLAN (W-L: 2-3) def. NU: DAVE CEA (W-L: 3-2) via final score (PTF)


MEN’S WELTERWEIGHT MATCH
NU: ARVEN ALCANTARA (W-L: 5-0) def. UP: JOKO LUIS SILVERIO (W-L: 2-3) via 1st round point gap (PTG)


MEN’S MIDDLEWEIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT MATCH
UP: GUILLANO DE DIOS (W-L: 4-1) def. NU: ERICKSON SILVESTRE (W-L: 1-4) via 1st round point gap (PTG)

NEXT MATCHES:
CLICK HERE FOR NU vs. FEU          CLICK HERE FOR UST vs. UP

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