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Nursing Bows to Education

By Nikolai Lorenzi A. Torio

November 25, 2010- The Nursing Men’s Basketball team learns a lesson from their Education counterparts as they suffered a 74-92 loss in a spirit breaking match at the jam-packed UST P. Noval court.
Held to just 8 points in the first half, sophomore stellar Allen Madrazo showcased a scintillating performance in the 3rd period where he scored 14 of his 27 big points to help Nursing stay on a striking distance, 53-71, after trailing by as many as 24 points. Junior star and former Tiger cubs guard Mike Mallari also chipped in 9 markers for Nursing.

Refusing to give up the white flag, Nursing’s powerful retribution enfeebled Education’s suffocating defense as Nursing started a 7 to nothing spurt with 2:10 left in the 3rd that sent the Nursing crowd into frenzy. Nursing fought until their last breath taking advantage of the penalty shots but weren’t able to hinder Education’s reinforced counter attacks.

“They were lacking their starting center Oriondo but we were missing our defensive plays,” Nursing guard Bryan Lagutao explained.

Education standout Reyes delivered 8 of his 15 points early in the 1st quarter as they relied on their awe inspiring defensive stands throughout the game and came with a masterful win. The Education Basketball team sealed the deal by applying a menacing defensive blanket that shut down Nursing’s run-and-gun type of offense.

“They [Nursing] just committed lapses so they lost the game,” Reyes said. “We are now looking forward to our chances in the quarterfinals and hopefully securing a semis berth.”

“We should focus more in improving our defense. It’s just a matter of great defense and the rest [including offense] will follow” Nursing Coach Jayvee Ignacio admitted, “I am looking forward to the Nursing Varsity Council’s project known as the Visiting Varsities Agreement which invites FEU-CON, Bulacan State U-CON, and the like to play an exhibition game against our Nursing Basketball team.”

The Scores:
Education 92―Arcangel 17, Reyes 15, Bautista 12, Guanlao 12, Miutante 11, Guevarra 6, Valera 6, Umipig 4, Uy 4, Mimay 2, Dimalanta 1, Magawed 0, Oriondo 0, Suiza 0.

Nursing 74―Madrazo 27, Mallari 9, Marañon 8, Yutangro 5, Dagunan 5, Puddao 4, Paulino 4, Santos 4, Avellanosa 2, Bautista 2, Ducanes 2, Lagutad 2, Lo 0, Prado 0, Soriano 0.
Quarter Scores: 29-23, 52-33, 71-53, 92-74

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