Akhuetie, UP stand strong at Got Skills top spot; Knights fall to DOMC
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 26, 2017 03:09 PM
Photo courtesy of Milcu Got Skills Tournament
Nigerian powerhouse Bright Akhuetie made sure UP remained in first place in the 2017 Milcu Got Skills Elite Basketball Showcase as they made quick work of La Salle, 55-36, last Saturday at the Lyceum Gym in Intramuros, Manila.
The transferee from Perpetual posted 14 points and eight rebounds and had much help from Ritchie Villaruz and Jaydee Tungcab who had 17 and 12 points, respectively.
Akhuetie, Villaruz who came from San Beda, and Tungcab who came from Adamson are just three of the newcomers who have given the Fighting Maroons’ Team B much hope in the tournament.
With those three taking charge, they started strong with an 18-8 first quarter and never looked back en route to a still league-leading 10-1 record.
UP gained more separation from erstwhile second-running Colegio de San Juan de Letran which was shocked by De Ocampo Memorial College, 81-75.
Jonard Clarito tallied 19 points, six rebounds, and six assists as the Cobras used a 30-point final frame to rally by the Knights.
With the upset, DOMC and Letran are now tied for the third and fourth spots.
Now in solo second is Lyceum which routed the Green Archers, 79-50, to register its eighth win in 11 games.
UP, Lyceum, DOMC, and Letran currently comprise the playoff picture in the Under-25 tournament playoffs. There, the top four teams will face off with the one-seed pitted against the four-seed and then the two-seed duking it out with the three-seed.
Also in contention are NU Juniors B (7-5), Chiang Kai Shek (6-3), and University of Baguio (UB) (6-4).
Bringing up the rear are 4-4 NU Juniors A, 4-4 NU Seniors, 4-8 Technological Institute of the Philippines, 4-9 Perpetual, 4-9 JRU, 2-8 FEU, and 1-10 La Salle.
In the Under-19 semifinals, De La Salle Zobel (DLSZ) topped twice-to-beat FEU, 48-43, behind Prince Carlos’ 14 points to force a do-or-die matchup.
The winner there will then move on to face the NU Bullpups in the U-19 championship round.
Meanwhile, Chiang Kai Shek is now tied with DLSZ with similar 7-1 slates as the frontrunners in the Under-17 tournament. Rounding out the top four are 5-3 Trinity University of Asia, 4-3 UST, and 4-3 LPU.