WINDERLICH Coyoca scored big baskets down the stretch to power the defending champion National University Bullpups to a 63-52 smashing of La Salle-Zobel last Tuesday in the 79th University Athletic Association of the Philippines Junior Basketball Tournament at the Arena in San Juan.
The 5’9” Coyoca, one of the Bullpups’ most versatile players, scored six of 13 points in the final period and led NU to their eighth win in nine matches.
This allowed the Bullpups to keep their share of the lead with the Adamson Baby Falcons and stay in contention for a twice-to-beat incentive in the Final Four semifinals.
Robert Mariano and Martin Romero had eight points each for the Junior Archers, who share fifth with University of Santo Tomas at 2-7.
Meanwhile, the Baby Falcons bounced back from their loss to Far Eastern University with a 77-59 win over University of the Philippines Integrated School.
Encho Serrano and Gerry Abadiano combined for 42, with Serrano making 22 points and 10 rebounds and Abadiano dishing out 20 points.
Earlier, Far Eastern University-Diliman prevailed over University of the East, 94-51, as they remained in third spot at 7-2.
Seldom-used Karl Baclay shot 15 points for the Baby Tamaraws, who improved to 7-2.