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UP survives La Salle

April 24, 2022 Theodore P. Jurado 111 views

Games Tuesday

(Mall of Asia Arena)
10 a.m. – DLSU vs FEU
12:30 p.m. – UP vs UE
4:30 p.m. – Ateneo vs AdU
7 p.m. – NU vs UST

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines squandered a 12-point lead before escaping with a 72-69 victory over La Salle to secure its third straight Final Four appearance in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament last night at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Fighting Maroons extended their mastery of the Green Archers to six games which dates back to 2018, but it was not that easy.

UP was headed for the win, 71-59, on a Malick Diouf undergoal stab at the 1:52 mark when La Salle mounted a 10-0 run to threaten at 69-71 after Mike Phillips made a putback, with 10.5 seconds remaining.

The Maroons tried to seal the deal but Ricci Rivero settled for a split in the foul line in the final 8.6 seconds, giving the Archers a final chance to send the game into overtime.

Mark Nonoy’s quick corner three-pointer, however, missed completely and UP overcame the scare after La Salle lost another chance to regain possession in the dwindling seconds.

With a 9-2 mark in second place, the Maroons opened a two-game cushion over the Archers (7-4) in the race for the second twice-to-beat slot in the Final Four.

UP’s win also assured defending champion Ateneo, which earlier scored a wire-to-wire 89-75 victory over National University, the first twice-to-beat semis incentive.

The Blue Eagles ran out the gates early, racing to a 29-12 lead and never looked back to raise their record to 11-0 and stretch their winning run to 37 games which dates back to October 2018.

Currently the second hottest team in the league, Adamson improved to 4-0 in the second round following a 80-69 romp of University of Santo Tomas.

With their fifth win in 11 games, the Falcons have surpassed their four-win season in 2019 and more importantly, entered the Final Four range.

Carl Tamayo had a double-double outing of 23 points and 11 rebounds while Senegal’s Diouf also had a monster outing of 15 points and 18 boards for UP, which led 40-24 late in the first hald.

“This game namin compared sa last, very different. ‘Yung ball movement from the start we were sharing the ball, hitting the open man. Yung mga things na we’re really working on, nakita namin kanina,” said coach Goldwin Monteverde.

Dave Ildefonso tormented his former team with 17 points, nine rebounds and three assists while naturalized center Ange Kouame was the other Ateneo player in twin digits with 12 points.

On the rigorous schedule where all teams are playing three times a week, Ildefonso is simply focusing on the task at hand, as the tournament enters its last three playdates.

The scores:

First game: AdU (80) — Lastimosa 24, Magbuhos 11, Douanga 9, Sabandal 8, Manzano 8, Zaldivar 8, Peromingan 8, Yerro 2, Colonia 2, Hanapi 0, Jaymalin 0, Calisay 0, Fuentebella 0, Erolon 0, Barasi 0, Maata 0. UST (69) — Fontanilla 23, Cabañero 13, Manalang 11, Santos 5, Concepcion 4, Gesalem 3, Manaytay 3, Garing 3, Ando 2, Herrera 2, Pangilinan 0, Yongco 0, Canoy 0.
Quarterscores: 22-21, 41-40, 66-52, 80-69

Second game: Ateneo (89) — Ildefonso 17, Kouame 16, Belangel 9, Chiu 9, Verano 8, Mamuyac 8, Andrade 6, Tio 6, Koon 5, Lazaro 5, Padrigao 0, Gomez 0, Daves 0. NU (75) — Felicilda 12, Figueroa 12, Clemente 10, Gaye 9, Ildefonso 7, Torres 7, Minerva 5, Malonzo 4, Mahinay 4, Galinato 3, Joson 2, Enriquez 0, Manansala 0, Yu 0. Quarterscores: 29-12, 61-36, 78-49, 89-75

Third game: UP (72) — Tamayo 23, Diouf 15, Rivero 11, Lucero 9, Fortea 8, Cagulangan 4, Spencer 2, Abadiano 0, Cansino 0, Alarcon 0, Lina 0. DLSU (69) — Baltazar 16, Winston 16, Lojera 13, M. Phillips 8, Nelle 7, Nonoy 7, B. Phillips 2, Manuel 0, Escandor 0, Nwankwo 0, Cuajao 0. Quarterscores: 18-17, 42-31, 56-49, 72-69.

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