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Wanting extra than simply Closing 4 slot, Bulldogs sort out harmful Archers

FILE–NU Bulldogs within the UAAP Season 85. Photograph by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.web

After nailing their first semifinal journey in seven years, the Nationwide College (NU) Bulldogs stay insatiable as ever with two extra video games earlier than the UAAP males’s basketball Closing 4 takes centerstage.

The Bulldogs will sort out a resurgent La Salle facet on the Mall of Asia Enviornment on Wednesday, bidding to finish the second spherical armed with a snug cushion going into the playoffs.

“We’ve got to be prepared in opposition to La Salle. We’ve got to be prepared in our final two video games of the second spherical as a result of we’re not simply focusing on a Closing 4 end,’’ mentioned NU coach Jeff Napa.

Beating the Inexperienced Archers and the Adamson Falcons on Saturday may seal the Bulldogs’ twice-to-beat edge relying on how the College of the Philippines Combating Maroons (10-2) and the Ateneo Blue Eagles (8-3) will wrap issues up.

“We received’t be complacent as a result of the extent of competitors is peaking, particularly in our final two remaining video games,’’ mentioned John Lloyd Clemente, who starred of their conquest of the College of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers on Sunday.

Clemente’s dread is justified, having witnessed the Inexperienced Archers ship the league-leading and defending champion Maroons crashing not too long ago.

The Inexperienced Archers (5-6) are instantly again on observe of their playoff bid even with out Most Precious Participant (MVP) contender Schonny Winston, who stays unsure of suiting up as a consequence of a fragile calf damage that sidelined him the previous 4 video games.

“We nonetheless don’t know. He’s nonetheless everyday. Hopefully we’ll get a miracle message from heaven that he can begin enjoying,’’ mentioned La Salle coach Derrick Pumaren following their 82-80 shocker of a overcome the Maroons.

Climbing out of a 19-point gap earlier than notching the win over the Far Japanese College Tamaraws, the Blue Eagles tackle the College of the East Crimson Warriors as they shoot for a Closing 4 spot.

Ange Kouame continues to be hobbled by a knee damage, prompting the Ateneo teaching employees to restrict his publicity on the ground. However in opposition to the Tamaraws, the 6-foot-10 heart posted numbers just like his MVP stint final season. INQ

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