NU wins against FEU names Alfred Aroga Finals MVP
After the much awaited match, National University Bulldogs ended the hopes of Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 75-59, on Wednesday, October 15. After 60 years of no title achievement they showed how the game is played at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in the 77th UAAP Seasonof men’s basketball championship.
Frontrunner of defensive team in the game, the Bulldogs showed their strong defense once again to seal the deal i getting the title for the first time since 1954.
Alfred Aroga, who played his first year for NU after missing last season because of residency matters, was named MVP in the Finals after giving Bulldogs in Game 3 24 points and 18 rebounds.
Other player who made points was Gelo Alolino. Alonio gave the team throughout the playoffs 12 points and 5 rebounds.
FEU kicked off with such vitality which generated an 11-5 in the middle of the 1ST period before NU settled down and stepped up giving it a tie at 11 before ending the first period up by 20-18.
A big third quarter regroup punctured the Tamaraws as Jess Diputado got on a three-pointer and a one-hander from the baseline to put up a 49-35 advantage with only less 3 minutes.
The Bulldogs was up by 55-44 going into the final quarter, and was able to achieve 13-0 this season after taking the lead in first 3 periods.
The victory of Bulldogs was not easy. The team made it to the Final Four in Season 75 for the first time in 10 years carried by two-time UAAP MVP Ray Parks.
However they lost another chance last year even after finishing with the top seed after they were ousted by fourth-seed University of Santo Tomas in the Final Four.
But this season, they maade it again against the Blue Eagles and went on to claim their spot, making them the first fourth-seeded team to go on and take home the crown.
NU definitely ruled the basketball this season after their women’s team the Lady Bulldogs also bagged the entire competition to win their first UAAP title.
All this achievements happened 6 years when SM Group of Companies owned by Sy family bought great part of ownership of the school in 2008 and rehabilitated the University’s sports agenda.