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UAAP 86 HSBB: Migs Palanca shines as NUNS cruises past UE; Miranda steers FEU-D past Alas’ DLSZ


NATIONAL University Nazareth School cruised to its second win in the UAAP Season 86 High School Boys’ Basketball Tournament, romping past upstart University of the East, 78-61, on Tuesday at Adamson Gym.

With the win, the Bullpups, who defeated the FEU-D Baby Tamaraws on opening day 70-56, have taken the solo lead in the tournament.

Despite Nigerian big man Collins Akowe figuring into foul trouble, NUNS easily dispatched UE with Grade 11 big man Migs Palanca stepping up with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field with seven rebounds, four steals, and two blocks.

“Actually yung practices namin before this game maganda kaya nag-translate sa game. Kahit foul trouble si Collins (Akowe) kanina, nag-step up si Jedric (Solomon) at Migs (Palanca),” said second-year Bullpups head coach Kevin De Castro.

“Thankful ako sobra. Pampataas ito sa kumpyansa ko this season at mas pag-iigihan ko diyan,” added the 6-foot-7 Palanca, who hails from Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte.

Figuring in a slow start, Macmac Alfanta sparked the Bullpups, scoring 12 of his 16 points in the first half to give his side a 43-33 lead.

Palanca and Grade 12 guard Elijah Yusi then linked up in the second half, helping maintain a double-digit lead for NUNS.

Up next for NUNS is Adamson, who will still face Ateneo on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.

“Prepare kami bukas at buti na lang may three days kami na preparation. Tignan namin sa practice kung paano kami makakapag-prepare sa kanila,” said De Castro.

UAAP86-HSBB-DLSZ-vs-FEU-DWYNE-MIRANDA-2815 UAAP 86 HSBB: Migs Palanca shines as NUNS cruises past UE; Miranda steers FEU-D past Alas' DLSZ Basketball DLSU FEU News NU UAAP UE  - philippine sports newsEarlier, defending champion FEU-D survived a late De La Salle-Zobel rally, escaping with a 76-72 to bounce back.

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It was a hard-fought win for the Baby Tamaraws, who were coming off a crushing 56-70 defeat at the hands of the NUNS Bullpups a week ago.

But these tough games are what multi-time UAAP champion coach Allan Albano was expecting in their title defense.

“Ine-expect ko na mahirap yung laban ngayong UAAP dahil lahat ng teams nag-improve. Talagang alam ko na lahat ng games namin igra-grind namin,” said Albano, also an assistant coach in Gilas Youth.

“Sinabi ko lang sa mga boys na first loss lang namin yun. Ang pinuntahan namin ay marathon, not a sprint. Buti nakabalik at kailangan namin ma-sustain ito throughout the season.”

Dwyne Miranda and Veejay Pre were off to a blazing start in the first half, combining for 27 of FEU-D’s 48 points as they led by 18 points at the tail-end of the second stanza.

Miranda ended up with 19 points while Cabs Cabonilas got 16 points and 16 rebounds. Veejay Pre also finished with a double-double with 14 points and 17 rebounds.

Both FEU-D and DLSZ are now sporting 1-1 slates.

Waki Espina led the Jr. Archers with 24 points. Alas fired 19 points but was held to just 6-of-19 shooting from the field.

UE dropped to 0-2 and was led by Cebuano guard Lance Sabroso with 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting. Holdover from last season Joaquim De Leon added 12 points and five assists.

The Scores:

First Game:
FEU-D 76 – Miranda 19, Cabonilas 16, Pre 14, Salangsang 7, Burgos 5, Daa 4, Herbito 4, Miller 3, Cabigting 2, De Guzman 2, Mecha 0, Gordon 0, Pascual 0.
DLSZ 72 – Espina 24, Alas 19, Dimaano 13, Dabao 9, Domangcas 3, Daja 2, Pabellano 2, Atienza 0, Cruz 0, Sta. Maria 0, Gubat 0, Favis 0, Manganaan 0, Arboleda 0.
Quarterscores: 25-26, 48-33, 60-56, 76-72

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Second Game:
NUNS 78 – Palanca 18, Alfanta 16, Akowe 10, Yusi 10, Reroma 7, Usop 6, Pillado 5, Nepacena 4, Barraca 2, Cartel 0, Solomon 0, Herrera, 0.
UE 61 – Sabrosa 14, De Leon 12, Alejandro 12, Lagat 9, Despi 9, Datulim 2, Sarza 2, Almanza 1, Correa 0, Farochilen 0, Suria 0, Malonzo 0, Pedrita 0, Cuevas 0.
Quarterscores: 20-11, 43-33, 59-49, 78-61.

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