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La Salle clinches playoff for Final 4 berth, boots out NU

La Salle clinches playoff for Final 4 berth, boots out NU

November 07, 2018

DE LA SALLE University clinched a playoff for a Final Four berth after eliminating National University (NU), 84-77, in Season 81 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Green Archers notched their third straight win for an improved 8-4 record—one victory away from a third straight semifinal appearance.

Veteran forward Santi Santillan led La Salle with 18 points, including huge baskets at crunch time, to go with five rebounds and an assist.

Aljun Melecio and Andrei Caracut added 13 points apiece while Justine Baltazar and rookie Joaqui Manuel chipped in 11 and 10 markers, respectively.

Freshman guard Sean Ildefonso had 20 points and fellow newcomer John Lloyd Clemente had 19 markers for NU.

The Bulldogs fell to 3-9 and crashed out of semifinal contention for the third consecutive season.

The scores:

LA SALLE (84) – Santillan 18, Melecio 13, Caracut 13, Baltazar 11, Manuel 10, Dyke 6, Go 6, Bates 4, Serrano 3, Capacio 0, Corteza 0.

NU (77) – Ildefonso D. 20, Clemente 19, Gallego 7, Yu 7, Ildefonso S. 5, Rike 4, Gaye 4, Joson 4, Sinclair 3, Diputado 2, Malonzo 2, Aquino 0, Galinato 0, Morido 0, Salim 0.

Quarterscores: 17-13; 38-40; 65-62; 84-77

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