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La Salle crushes NU in second-round opener


La Salle made sure that there would be no close games this time.

The Green Archers simply crushed NU Bulldogs, 85-61, in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday October 6.

The Taft-based squad quickly set the pace in the opening canto with a 23-9 advantage over NU.

The game suddenly became a Justine Baltazar show the moment he registered 15 points and 14 rebounds in the first half.

The 6-foot-9 Baltazar would end up with a monster 20-20 double-double performance for the Green Archers with 25 points and 25 rebounds — 10 of which came on the offensive end.

Baltazar still had his La Salle crew on his back, as Andrei Caracut contributed 16 points, six rebounds, and five assists while Jamie Malonzo was good with 12 markers and five boards.

La Salle improves their record with 4-4 while NU drops at 1-7.

Dave Ildefonso succumbed to La Salle’s defense, although he topped the scoring column for the NU with 11 points.

Box Scores

La Salle 85 – Baltazar 25, Caracut 16, Malonzo 12, Lojera 9, Serrano 8, Melecio 6, Bates 4, Manuel 4, Hill 1, Bartlett 0, Escandor 0, Lim 0.

NU 61 – Ildefonso D 11, Ildefonso S 10, Diputado 8, Gallego 7, Clemente 5, Galinato 5, Gaye 5, Tibayan 3, Yu 3, Mangayao 2, Minerva 2, Joson 0, Malonzo 0, Oczon 0.
Quarter Scores: 26-9, 44-24, 65-48- 85-61.