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DLSU, NU to meet in Kadayawan invitational championship game

August 14, 2019 - Wednesday 9:08 AM by Daniel Joaquin

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DAVAO CITY -- The De La Salle University Green Archers and the National University (NU) Bulldogs of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) secured their respective slots in the finals of the 2019 Kadayawan Invitational Basketball Tournament after securing the two best records in the single round robin elimination round.

The University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, who led by three points at the end of the first quarter, eventually fell short as they were unable to stop DLSU’s Justine Baltazar who ended the game with 23 points and Jordan Bartlett who scored 22 after getting hot from beyond the arc in the final quarter.

The Cebu-based squad’s losing effort, however, was highlighted by high-flying 5’5” point guard Gelant Delator, who appeared to be unfazed by his enormous defenders. 

Delator drew applause from the crowd at the Davao City Convention Center Tuesday night after blowing by four defenders and scoring at the rim and almost immediately following it up with an emphatic chasedown block on Bartlett.

The Green Lancers bowed to the Green Archers 97-76 at the end of regulation.

In Tuesday’s second game, NU prevailed over the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras despite trailing the entire first half.

SWU big men Red Cachuela and Lamine Thiam were aggressive on offense in the first quarter, which gave the Cobras a 20-11 lead at the end of the opening period.

The 6’6” Thiam wowed the crowd with handles that kept his defenders on their toes. Sweet shooting from mid-range and beyond the arc helped the Cobras keep up with the Bulldogs even as the Manila-based squad’s offense started to pick up.

However, the tides started to shift after Davaoeño Miguel Oczon drained a triple to open the third quarter, which locked both teams at 35 points.

A number of successive long-range bombs from both squads gave the crowd a good show, but NU’s Chino Mosqueda was too hot to handle as the Bulldogs gained the lead with roughly five minutes left in the third.

The Bulldogs successfully held on to the lead until the end of regulation and gave the Cobras their second loss of the tournament with a final score of 74-63.