The National University Bulldogs will be giving their supporters another reason to smile after SM Supermalls announced a three-day sale in selected outlets in celebration of NU’s recent championship in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament.
The Bulldogs will be lauded with a ‘Victory Sale’ after ending a 60-year title drought in the collegiate league last week.
NU, behind Cameroonian center Alfred Aroga and veteran point guard Gelo Alolino, defeated FEU in a three-game UAAP Finals series that ended with a 75-58 Bulldogs win in Game Three last Wednesday.
MANILA, Philippines – National University (NU) center Alfred Aroga saw his hard work pay off when he was named the Finals Most Valuable Player after leading the Bulldogs to their first UAAP crown in 60 years.
Aroga was supposed to make his debut in Season 76, but found out shortly before the tournament that he still lacked the proper residency requirements.
He had an immediate impact for the Bulldogs this season, serving as the anchor of their defense and a stalwart rebounder. Against Far Eastern University in the Finals, he averaged 16 points and 13 rebounds, including a 24-18 performance in the deciding Game 3.
MANILA, Philippines – National University (NU) big man Troy Rosario will be a perfect fit for the Gilas Pilipinas national team, according to former Bulldog and PBA legend Danny Ildefonso.
Rosario was a key player for NU in their triumph in the UAAP Season 77 men's basketball tournament, and his strong play over the course of the season earned him the Most Improved Player award.
He was at his best in Game 2 of the UAAP Finals against Far Eastern University (FEU), and also played well when the Bulldogs clinched the championship in Game 3.
NU team coach Eric Altamirano explained the Bulldogs' climb from UAAP's "underdogs" to being the league's top dogs" following their title win against the FEU Tamaraws.
In an interview on The Score, Altamirano cited the challenges the team had to go through all season long.
"Mahirap talaga, kasi we we're trying to find the identity of the team. Maraming bago, even si Alfred [Agora], he wasn't able to play for us last year," Altamirano said.
NATIONAL University may get an extended reign in the UAAP—at least by a few months—as the league looks to move the men’s basketball tournament to September starting next season.
The country’s premier varsity league is set to adjust to the new academic calendar of its member schools by next year, league secretary Rod Roque said.
The schedule change from the regular July opening to September will lead to a nearly one-year layoff for teams.
MANILA, Philippines – The veteran players of National University (NU) drew strength from a heartbreaking UAAP Season 76 campaign and showed not only improved basketball skills, but also leadership in leading the Bulldogs to the UAAP crown in Season 77.
Gelo Alolino, Glenn Khobuntin and Troy Rosario were all members of the NU team that grabbed the No. 1 seed but lost to the upstart UST Growling Tigers in the Season 76 Final Four.
NU head coach Eric Altamirano believed it was that painful experience that fortified his players and fueled their desire to play even better this year.
MANILA, Philippines – National University (NU) coach Eric Altamirano paid Far Eastern University () counterpart Nash Racela a tremendous compliment after the Bulldogs won the UAAP Season 77 crown by beating the Tamaraws last Wednesday.
"I'd like to commend Nash. He really coached this team really well. I have a lot of respect for Nash. He used to be my assistant, but ang feeling ko, baka mas magaling pa sa akin si Nash," said Altamirano.
Racela's Tamaraws won Game 1 of the best-of-three series, but it was Altamirano and the Bulldogs who claimed the crown after winning the next two games in convincing fashion.