Basconcillo UP’s Austin Basconcillo celebrates with Ramil Bation after scoring the winning goal versus UST. UAAP photo

UAAP: Basconcillo powers UP to 2-1 win over UST

February 20, 2024 Theodore P. Jurado 173 views

AUSTIN Basconcillo produced the biggest goal of the match as University of the Philippines hacked out a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP men’s football tournament Sunday night.

Basconcillo, who missed out on last season because of an ACL injury, scored a header off a Ramil Bation III’s cross in the 75th minute to give new Fighting Maroons coach Popoy Clariño a winning start.

“It’s good to see him back on the field,” said Clariño, who took over from four-time champion coach Anto Gonzales during the off-season. “Last year, he got an ACL injury. It’s good to see him back.

It was good to see him make lots of good contributions during the game. That’s what matters to us — everyone is contributing to the team.”

The Golden Booters actually opened their account courtesy of Andrew Ramos’ 17th minute tap-in.

But UP came to life in the second half, with Francis Tacardon scoring the equalizer in the 60th minute from close range, setting the stage for Basconcillo’s heroics.

“It was a good game,” said Clariño. “Of course, since it was the first game, nandiyan yung mga jitters and nervousness. What we focused on was getting those nerves out sa first game pa lang. It’s gonna be a good season. There are lots of good teams.”

La Salle banked on a strong first half to repulse University of the East, 2-1, in second of a three-match opening day fixture at the UP Diliman Football Stadium

Christian Peñalosa set the tone for the Green Booters with a 15th minute goal while Ivory Coast’s Isaac Anoh doubled his side’s lead in the first-half stoppage time.

“A win is a win. Remember we started very slow last year,” said La Salle coach Alvin Ocampo. “I always tell the players that I don’t want to play catch up. We have to start our campaign strong, especially since we’re done with UE for the first round.”

Nikko Palacio pulled one back for the Red Warriors in stoppage time but the Recto-based squad fell short for the equalizer.