Blue Knights sweeps elims, advances to SM NBTC Div 2 semis

ADDU Eliminations Results:
March 13, at Palm Coast Marina
9:30 am – ADDU 80, Ormoc City NHS 33
7:30 pm – ADDU 62, St. Benilde-Laguna 35
March 15, at MOA Arena
11:30 am – ADDU 87, STI-Malolos 58

Three down, two to go.

Davao City champion Ateneo de Davao University advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 SM NBTC National Finals Division 2 after sweeping their eliminations assignment on Wednesday.

Playing for the first time at the MOA Arena, the Blue Knights are beginning to make heads turn. They bludgeoned STI Malolos 87-58 to clinch the semis berth for Group 4.

Spritely quarterback Jethro Taculin fired 17 points and Jan Rubiato added 15 to lead the Blue Knights who notched their third straight win in the tournament by a whopping average margin of 34 points.

Theey opened with a 80-33 massacre of Ormoc City National High School and St. Benilde-Laguna 62-35 on Monday’s doubleheader.

Ace gunner Francis Gabriel Escandor worked up just enough sweat to fire 10 points as coach Miggy Solitaria again elected to rest his big guns for the all-important semifinals.

Solitaria will be banking on the six-foot-two Escandor, Axel Doromal, Ion Angeles and Dariel Manliguez.

Completing the cast for the Blue Knights are Joshua Barrientos, Isaac Selgas, Joachim Weill, Joshua Go, Jan Rubiato, Matthew Martinez, Dom Cane, James Bacalso, Jethro Taculin and Kenneth Batilo.

The Blue Knights emerged topnotcher in Group 4 and will be Group 1 top qualifier St. Jude College of Cavite in the semis.

St. Jude topped Grouup 1 composed of St. Joseph College (Olongapo), St. Louis College (Mandaue) and Notre Dame of Midsayap (Kidapawan).

Group 3 is composed of St. Roberts International School (Iloilo), Assumption Montessori (CDO), La Finn’s Scholastica (La Union) and Jesus The Loving Shepherd (Naga).

In Group 2, the teams are De La Salle Lipa (Batangas), University of St. La Salle (Bacolod), Langatian National High School (Dipolog) and Isabela Colleges (Cauayan).