The National University Bulldogs captured the men’s basketball title as University of the East Red Warriors forfeited their championship game in the final day of the 17th Sandugo University Games at the St. La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod City yesterday.
Team officials of UE said they have to leave Bacolod on the final day of the competition as their flight to Taiwan had been booked earlier, even before the start of the UniGames.
The forfeiture prompted officials to declare the Bulldogs as this year’s champion, while dethroned Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, who beat Adamson University in the battle for third place was given the silver medal and the Falcons, the bronze.
Instead of the scheduled 3:30 p.m. NU vs UE final game yesterday, the organizers invited University of Sto. Tomas to play an exhibition game against the Bulldogs.
Ateneo took on UE in the semifinals after eliminating UST, 58-56, in the quarterfinals, and the Red Warriors beating Cebu-based Southwestern, 79-72.
The Bulldogs and Falcons clashed in the other semis match-up after Adamson U overpowered Hercor College (Capiz), and NU routed local team University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos.
In the semifinals, NU beat Adamson, 67-66, with the Falcons coaching staff headed by former PBA player Leo Austria, contesting the referee’s call in the final seconds.
The Red Warriors, on the other hand, despite not expecting to be in the finals, beat Ateneo, 68-65.
In women’s basketball, Far Easter University won a close game against NU, 57-54, while last year’s champion Adamson U salvaged the bronze medal by turning back Lyceum University, 69-54, in the battle for third place.*NAB
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