#UAAP78Jrs Finals Roundup: Buhay pa sila!!! Junior Archers upset Bullpups in Game 2!

Aljun Melecio got his MVP award, won Game 2 for DLSZ, and snagged a prom date in the process. It was a good day.


Adapted from the game recap by Ma’am Tess Jazmines.

De La Salle-Zobel, with its backs against the wall, derailed National University's title celebration with a 71-60 win yesterday in the UAAP Season 78 juniors’ basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

"We are just out to prove that we are worthy challengers. We are not in the Finals for nothing," said Junior Archers coach Boris Aldeguer.
       
Unbeaten in 15 contests, the Bullpups are tipped to close it out after winning last week's Finals opener by a mile. But, instead, NU will wait for another week whether it will win its third title in four seasons, as La Salle-Zobel used its stingy zone defense to live another day.


Game 3 is scheduled on Friday at the San Juan venue, with the Junior Archers needing two wins to pull off a major reversal like no other.

Season MVP Aljun Melecio assisted Marco Sario's back-to-back three-point bombs in the Junior Archers' 11-2 salvo to open the third period for a 41-32 advantage.


Aljun Melecio tries to past the NU defense.
"Alam ko na magiging grabe and defense sa akin sa Game 2 kaya I have to kick out the ball kung open sila," said Melecio.
     
De La Salle-Zobel led by as many as 12 points in the second half and never looked back.
     
"If Aljun started to force his shots, that would be a disaster. It's about the trust. He trusted his teammates," said Aldeguer.
     
Melecio shot 14 points and dished out 9 assists for the Junior Archers. Sario came through with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while MR Romero had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
     
John Lloyd Clemente fired 25 points, while Justine Baltazar tallied his 13th triple-double with 15 points and 20 rebounds for the Bullpups.

John Lloyd Clemente's big game went down the drain.

MR Romero stepped up big time for the Junior Archers.

Images are form the University Basketball League.


Game Friday (Filoil Flying V Arena):
2 p.m. – NU vs DLSZ (Finals, Game 3 )





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