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Maroons end losing streak

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Basketball
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Games today:

(Mall of Asia Arena)

2 p.m. -- NU vs. FEU (M)

4 p.m. -- AdU vs. DLSU (M)

UNIVERSITY of the Philippines ended a long and agonizing 13-game losing streak against Katipunan rival Ateneo which spanned for seven years with a huge 56-52 win in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament last night at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Fighting Maroons finally figured how to close out games which was a problem in the first round, as Gelo Vito hit a corner three in the final 16.4 seconds for a 54-50 buffer.
   
“We really believed that we were better than 1-6 (first round record). I really thought that if we could have been able to close out games like what we did, we could have won a couple more games,” said UP coach .
   
Earlier, University of the East posted its second straight win after a 0-6 start while sending University of Santo Tomas to a fifth consecutive setback with a 81-71 victory.
   
The Red Warriors’ ferocious pressing defense forced the Growling Tigers to commit 32 turnovers, 23 in the first half, as the Recto-based cagers tied their victims and the Maroons in sixth spot at 2-6.
   
“I think we are starting to show our true worth that I was looking for since the start of the season,” said UE coach Derrick Pumaren. “I just crossing my fingers to continue to play with a lot of confidence so we can play with our true potential.”
   
The Blue Eagles absorbed a second straight loss to crash out of the Top 4 with a 4-4 card.
   
Jett Manuel, who set up Vito’s dagger trey, finished with 15 points and five rebounds for UP, which before this one last pulled one off against.
   
Adrian Wong and Chibueze Ikeh had 10 points apiece for Ateneo, which ended the first round with a sound 81-97 beating from the hands of La Salle.
   
Mark Olayon scored eight of his 14 points in the payoff period to bail out the Warriors, who led by as much as 19 points.
   
Louie Vigil paced UST with 21 points but turned the ball over 10 times while Ghana’s William Afoakwah had a double-double effort of 10 points and 21 rebounds.
   
In the women’s division, Gemma Miranda had 24 points and 10 rebounds while reigning MVP Afril Bernardino flirted with a rare quadruple double with 22 points, 11 steals, 10 assists and seven boards as titleholder National University completed a first round sweep and stretched its winning streak to 39 with a 103-49 rout of UST.
   
Far Eastern University (2-5) downed UP (1-6), 56-52, in the other match to cap the first round.
   
The scores:
   
First game
   
UE (71) -- Olayon 14, Pasaol 9, Charcos 9, Palma 8, Batiller 7, Bartolome 6, Manalang 4, De Leon 4, Varilla 4, Abanto 2, Derige 2, Gagate 2, Penuela 0.
   
UST (61) -- Vigil 21, Afoakwah 10, Faundo 10, Sheriff 5, Subido 3, Basibas 3, Lao 2, Lee 2, De Guzman 2, Huang 2, Macasaet 1, Caunan 0.
   
Quarterscores: 23-13, 41-27, 59-47, 71-61.
   
Second game
   
UP (56) -- Manuel 15, Desiderio 9, Moralde 8, Lim 8, Vito 7, Jaboneta 3, Prado 2, Dario 2, Gomez de Liaño 2, Webb 0, Asilum 0, Harris 0, Romero 0.
   
ADMU (52) -- Wong 10, Ikeh 10, Nieto Mi. 9, Verano 9, Ravena 6, Tolentino 5, Babilonia 3, Asistio 0, Nieto Ma. 0, Mendoza 0, Porter 0.
   
Quarterscores: 10-11, 23-23, 41-39, 56-52.