Even without their star player Bobby Ray Parks Jr., defending champion National University Bulldogs remain a force to reckon with as they crushed Foundation University, 101-48, while the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles (Team A) tamed Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod, 74-56, in men’s basketball of the 18th FilOil-University Games at the St. La Salle Coliseum yesterday.
The Bulldogs proved to be too much for FU as they surged to a 19-4 first quarter lead en route to a 47-17 halftime dominance despite fielding their second stringers on the starting lineup.
Also displaying their highly-competitive brand of play was last year’s runner-up Ateneo Blue Eagles Team A, with Kieffer Ravena and Jerie Pingoy dazzling the crowd at the Coliseum with their moves.
Ravena finished with 16 points to lead the Blue Eagles, while Pingoy tallied 9 points.
Despite the 18-point margin, the CSA-B Eagles managed to stand their ground against the former UAAP champions, as they trailed 18-12 in the first quarter and even outscored Ateneo, 16-15, in the third quarter.
Alfred Valle starred for the Red Eagles with a game-high 29 points, including three triples in the second half. Earlier, CSA-B beat Holy Angels University of Angeles City, 65-53, to post their first win in the tournament.
Meanwhile, NOPSSCEA current leader West Negros University Mustangs prevailed over University of San Agustin (Iloilo), 77-65, while host University of St. La Salle Stingers beat Holy Cross of Davao College, 91-68. University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Rams also registered their first win against Xavier University, 67-46.
In volleyball, men’s defending champion USLS defeated Holy Cross in three straight sets, 25-17, 25-13, and 25-22; while the De La Salle University women’s squad launched their title retention bid with a 25-13, 25-12, and 25-13 trouncing of the Iloilo-based San Agustin.
The USLS men’s volley team takes on De La Salle-College of St. Benilde today at 12 noon at the USLS-IS Gym for their second assignment, while the DLSU ladies will face Lyceum at 10:30 a.m. at the UNO-R Covered Court.
Other Day 1 results in men’s volleyball showed FU defeating Iloilo Doctors College, 25-23, 25-22 and 25-18, while NU also had a three-straight win against Central Philippine State University-San Carlos , 25-12, 25-13 and 25-13.
Last year’s runner-up Far Eastern University beat University of Manila, 25-17, 25-20, and 25-13, while DLSU tamed the hard fighting St. Louie University, 25-20, 29-24, and 25-18.
In football, host USLS team bannered by some members of the Ceres – La Salle squad scored a 15-0 shutout against University of Northern Philippines with three goals from Jo Warren Bedia, two goals each from Ralph Layumas, Byeong Jun Yoon, Joshua Dutosme, and a marker each from Prince Hanesin Antony, Angelo Bahoyan, Joel Bedia, Paolo Sanchez, J Baguioro, and George Balceda.*NAB
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