#UAAP78Jrs Roundup: Bullpups grab solo lead as Eaglets get win #2

Last season’s losing finalists are on a mission, and so far they’ve been on-track, winning their third game in as many outings. Meanwhile, last season’s champs, the Ateneo Blue Eaglets, have gathered some momentum, winning their second game in a row. One strange thing that happened, though, was the UPIS Junior Maroons getting their third loss mainly because of a late scheduling change of which they seemed to be unaware. 


Aljun Melecio and the Junior Archers ran smack into a tough-as-nailz NU team.
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Here are the game reports from Ma’am Tessa Jazmines:


National University hacked out a 68-53 win over De La Salle-Zobel to grab the solo lead over the weekend in the UAAP Season 78 juniors basketball tournament at the Blue Eagle Gym.

The Bullpups were able to hold down Junior Archers hotshot Aljun Melecio to a season-low 19 points on a 7-of-22 shooting.

Karl Peñano had 17 points and 9 rebounds, John Lloyd Clemente tossed in 12 markers, and Justine Baltazar had 11 points and 17 rebounds for NU, which is now the only unbeaten team with a 3-0 card.

De La Salle-Zobel dropped in a four-way tie in second place alongside defending champion Ateneo, Far Eastern University-Diliman, and University of Santo Tomas at 2-1.


NU big man Justine Baltazar fights for space against DLSZ's Jaime Cabarrus.
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Marco Sario pulls up in traffic against the Bullpups.
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Muhammad Sarip fights for the loose ball as NU beat the Junior Archers.
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Terrence Fortea attacks the Green & White defense.
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In other results, the Eaglets downed Adamson University, 71-55, the Baby Tamaraws routed University of the East, 81-66, while the Tiger Cubs won via default over UP Integrated School.

Gian Mamuyac paced Ateneo with 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists, while Jolo Mendoza added 16 points, 5 boards, and 2 dimes. This was a big win, since the Eaglets have won two straight after a season-opening loss to the Junior Archers.

Kenji Roman shot 20 points, while LJ Gonzales and JJ Sapinit chipped in 15 and 14 points, respectively, for FEU-Diliman.

The Baby Falcons slipped to 1-2, while the Junior Warriors and the Junior Maroons remained winless in three starts.
  
BJ Andrade is expected to be one of the best Eaglets this season.
(image by Gil Salandanan)

Gian Mamuyac launches a three-ball over Jayson Celis.
(image by Gil Salandanan)

Jason Credo looks to be a vital cog for the Eaglets.
(image by Gil Salandanan)


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