(Mall of Asia Arena)
2 p.m. – DLSU vs UST (Men)
4 p.m. – NU vs FEU (Men)
UNIVERSITY of the Philippines weathered a late La Salle fightback to halt a three-game slide while University of the East completed a day of reversals with a rout of Far Eastern University yesterday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Juan Gomez de Liaño provided the game’s biggest baskets in the final 2:08 as the Fighting Maroons rediscovered their winning ways with a 67-61 conquest of the Green Archers.
The Red Warriors gave youthful Joe Silva his first collegiate win with a workmanlike 90-65 dismantling of the Tamaraws.
UP opened the payoff period with a 10-2 run to post the biggest lead of the match, 61-47, with 7:15 to play.
La Salle then countered with 13 unanswered points in a five-minute span capped by Justine Baltazar’s undergoal stab to trim the deficit to 60-61.
De Liaño then cooled down the Archers’ uprising with a lay-up to give the Maroons a three-point cushion. The former juniors MVP, receiving a handoff from Bright Akhuetie, then scored again from underneath to give UP a 65-60 advantage, with 44.3 seconds remaining.
It was the Maroons’ first win since a 29-point rout of the Warriors last Sept. 8.
One of the pre-season favorites, heartbreaks came one after another for UP, including last Wednesday’s 68-69 loss to league-leading Adamson.
In that game, the Maroons led by as many as 12 points before the Falcons barely escaped to remain unscathed.
UP coach Bo Perasol got some relief as the Maroons avoided another meltdown.
“It was a painful game for us against Adamson. When you lose those games, you lose confidence and the only way to get that back is by winning,” said Perasol.
“I’m just relieved that we were able to get this win. We’re hoping we can continue this in the next games,” he added.
Akhuetie followed up his 20-20 game against the Falcons with a 19-point, 19-rebound production while Juan Gomez de Liaño chipped in 17 points and six assists for the Maroons.
UP (67) – Akhuetie 19, Gomez de Liaño Ju. 17, Desiderio 12, Gomez de Liaño Ja. 7, Manzo 6, Dario 2, Vito 2, Tungcab 2, Spencer 0, Lim 0, Murrell 0, Gozum 0, Jaboneta 0.
DLSU (61) – Baltazar 13, Melecio 12, Santillan 12, Caracut 9, Dyke 8, Go 5, Serrano 2, Bates 0, Manuel 0, Capacio 0, Corteza 0.
Quarterscores: 13-12, 29-33, 51-45, 67-61
UE (90) – Pasaol 25, Varilla 17, Manalang 13, Bartolome 8, Maloles 8, Conner 7, Beltran 3, Antiporda 3, Gallardo 2, Cullar 2, Strait 2, Lacap 0, Sobrevega 0.
FEU (65) – Cani 12, Tolentino 11, Ramirez 7, Comboy 6, Bienes 6, Orizu 5, Tuffin 5, Escoto 5, Parker 4, Gonzales 4, Iñigo 0, Eboña 0, Stockton 0, Bayquin 0, Jopia 0.
Quarterscores: 20-16, 43-31, 63-46, 90-65.