By KRISTEL SATUMBAGA
Defending champion National University-Nazareth School and Far Eastern University-Diliman clobbered their rivals to clinch the twice-to-beat semifinal incentives on Sunday in UAAP boys basketball at The Arena in San Juan City.
Reyland Torres erupted for a double-double performance of 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Bullpups blasted the University of the East Junior Warriors 124-60, while Anfernee Estacio and Aeron Bagunu merged for 33 points as the Baby Tamaraws ripped the University of the Philippines Integrated School 115-66.
NU-Nazareth stretched its winning streak to 11 games to remain at the helm while FEU hiked its tally to 10-1 at second.
Carl Tamayo also sizzled with 17 points and eight boards for the Bullpups, Terrence Fortea had 13 points and six assists, and Karl Quiambao finished with 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals.
NU was ruthless throughout with a 38-13 first-quarter assault and led by as many as 65 points.
Cyrus Austria and Jann Cruz combined for 33 points and nine boards in a futile attempt for the Junior Warriors, who dropped to their eighth defeat against three wins.
Meanwhile, three other players scored in double figures for FEU with Patrick Sleat and Jorick Bautista finishing with 12 points, and Vincent Saldua contributing 11 points.
UPIS skidded to its 11th consecutive defeat.
In other games, Francis Lopez drained 23 points and hauled 12 rebounds as Ateneo bested University of Santo Tomas 79-74, while Ruzzell Dominguez and John Figueroa finished with a double-double effort to combine for 27 points, 31 rebounds and 11 assists in lifting Adamson past De La Salle Zobel 89-81.
The victory improved the Blue Eaglets to 6-5 and tied with the Tiger Cubs at third, though Ateneo has the better quotient by virtue of winning their two elimination round meetings against UST.
Adamson, meanwhile, jumped to 5-6 while La Salle-Zobel slipped to 3-8.