NU Excels with Defensive Masterclass to Beat UST in Second Half
NU showcased dominance in its 76-65 win against UST in the UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball tournament at Araneta Coliseum. The Bulldogs closed the game with a strong performance, ending with a 10-2 record. Coach Jeff Napa recognized the capabilities of UST but emphasized the need to change their approach. Despite NU’s seven-point lead at the half, they focused on defense and limited UST to just 10 points in the third quarter. With a low shooting percentage, NU’s defense forced UST to commit multiple turnovers. In the fourth quarter, NU secured their lead, ultimately winning the game. Players Kean Baclaan, Patrick Yu, and PJ Palacielo contributed significantly to the team’s victory. On UST’s end, Christian Manaytay and Nic Cabañero put up a good fight, but they were unable to secure a win, leaving them with a 1-11 record.