UAAP: La Salle eliminates NU Bulldogs from playoff contention

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 7) — The De La Salle University Green Archers are assured of a playoff for a Final Four spot in the UAAP Season 81 men's seniors basketball tournament.

The Green Archers outlasted a relentless National University Bulldogs side, 84-77, Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Santi Santillan posted 18 points and five rebounds, while Aljun Melecio and Andrei Caracut poured 13 points apiece for La Salle.

The Bulldogs trimmed the deficit to a single point with less than three minutes left in the final quarter.

But the Green Archers had crucial stops to hold on and take their eighth victory in 12 outings.

Dave Ildefonso and John Lloyd Clemente were the one-two punch combo for National University as they scored 20 points and 19 points, respectively.

La Salle also remained in the hunt for a semifinals bonus as they moved closer to the Adamson University Soaring Falcons who occupy the second place in the team standings.

The loss ended the semis hopes of the Bulldogs as it absorbed its ninth setback.

The Green Archers will face archrivals Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles on November 11, while National University battle the Far Eastern University Tamaraws on the same day.

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.

National University (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.