(Filoil Flying V Centre)
12 noon -- UE vs. ADMU (M)
4 p.m. -- DLSU vs. NU (M)
ON coach Aldin Ayo’s birthday and Jeron Teng back after a two-game absence, La Salle overcame a gritty University of the Philippines to stay perfect.
The Green Archers halted the Fighting Maroons’ modest two-game winning streak with a 78-72 victory and assure themselves of a semifinals playoff berth in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Seeking to pull off another reversal after beating Ateneo and Adamson in succession, UP trailed by 16 points early in the game, stormed back in the second half and kept on fighting before fell short in the end, as La Salle stretched its perfect run to nine.
True enough, Ayo’s fears that the games are getting tougher as the Archers keep on winning is coming true.
“UP played its A-game also. Motivated na ang mga kalaban palagi,” said Ayo, who turned 39 yesterday and was at his business-as-usual mode on his birthday.
University of Santo Tomas, meanwhile, pinned National University a third straight loss while ending its own five-game slide with a 73-69 triumph.
Teng, who underwent surgery two weeks ago to remove the bone spurs on his left heel, seemed fully recovered from his injury with 21 points, including nine in the first half where the La Salle built a 25-9 advantage.
The Maroons moved to within 46-50 late in the third before the Archers built several double-digit leads and survived a last-ditch uprising by the Diliman-based cagers to preserve the victory.
Cameroonian Ben Mbala tallied his ninth double-double of the season with 17 points and 20 rebounds while Thomas Torres added 13 points for La Salle.
What Ayo is satisfied right now is the Archers are playing as one cohesive unit to withstood all the challenges.
“We are playing as a team right now,” said Ayo.
Paul Desiderio led the Maroons with 16 points and eight rebounds while Jett Manuel added 13 points and five assists.
UP suffered its first loss in the second round as it fell to 3-7 in a tie with UST.
Meanwhile, the UAAP last night canceled today’s men’s basketball doubleheader at the Filoil Flying V Centre between defending champion Far Eastern University and University of the East, and Adamson and Ateneo, due to inclement weather caused by Typhoon ‘Karen’ as Metro Manila was placed under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 2.
The league also called off the table tennis matches at the Blue Eagle Gym, as well as high school volleyball games at the Adamson Gym.
DLSU (78) -- Teng 21, Mbala 17, Torres 13, Melecio 9, Rivero R. 9, Rivero P. 4, Montalbo 3, Caracut 2, Tratter 0, Perkins 0, Baltazar 0, Go 0.
UP (72) -- Desiderio 16, Manuel 13, Gomez de Liaño 11, Lim 8, Moralde 7, Harris 4, Prado 4, Lao 4, Española 3, Dario 2, Webb 0, Romero 0, Vito 0, Jaboneta 0.
Quarterscores: 25-14, 41-34, 55-48, 78-72.
UST (73) -- Lee 22, Vigil 20, Sheriff 19, Faundo 4, Lao 2, Arana 2, Subido 2, Basibas 2, Afoakwah 0, Huang 0, De Guzman 0, Macasaet 0.
NU (69) -- Salem 20, Aroga 13, Diputado R. 12, Gallego 8, Sinclair 8, Alejandro 3, Salim 3, Mosqueda 2, Morido 0, Diputado C. 0, Rangel 0, Go 0, Pate 0.
Quarterscores: 22-14, 34-34, 54-47, 73-69.