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UAAP: UE upsets NU to deal defending champs 2nd straight loss

InterAksyon.com/Ver Marquez

InterAksyon.com/Ver Marquez

The UE Red Warriors stunned defending champion NU Bulldogs, 76-71, to pull off an upset in UAAP Season 78 action Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.

Edison Batiller scored 23 points to lead the Red Warriors who shacked the Bulldogs in the third quarter to build a 14-point advantage that NU failed to recover from.

UE outscored NU, 28-9, in the third frame to overturn a 41-33 deficit into a 60-46 edge entering the fourth quarter.

NU guard Gelo Alolino, who scored 23 points, five rebounds and four assists, tried to rescue the Bulldogs but his efforts weren’t enough.

The win helped UE (1-1) recover from its opening day loss to UP Fighting Maroons.

It was the second straight loss for NU after dropping its opening game last week against La Salle.

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