UE spoils Ricci Rivero’s UP debut in Got Skills Summer Showcase

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 22, 2018 05:53 PM
UE spoils Ricci Rivero’s UP debut in Got Skills Summer
Ricci Rivero was at the wrong end of a result in his first game for UP

STANDINGS (Under-25)
Letran 7-2
FEU 6-3
LPU 6-3
La Salle 5-3
UE 5-3
NU 5-4
Arellano 4-4
UP 4-4
MLQU 1-8
UA&P 0-9

Ricci Rivero officially wore the UP jersey for the first time on Friday at the Buddha Care Gym in Quezon City and made an immediate impact with 34 points.

However, Rivero’s scoring spree wasn’t enough to overcome a balanced UE side which held on for a 69-68 win that sends the Fighting Maroons to back-to-back losses in the 2018 Milcu Sports Basketball presented by Got Skills Adidas Summer Showcase.

UAAP Season 80 Mythical Team member Rivero was determined to make a good first impression on his new team and was on the mark from start to finish with a sky-high 63.6 clip from the field.

Despite UP’s strong start, however, the Red Warriors just kept coming behind swingman Chris Conner and big man Wilson Bartolome who finished with 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Forward Rey Acuno was right there with them and scored 10 points of his own while rookie guard Jojo Antiporda chipped in nine markers.

Behind the balanced attack, UE overcame the Fighting Maroons and their newest prized recruit to improve to 5-3.

Rivero, who had just transferred from La Salle to State U last month, did not get much help from his teammates as no one else joined him in double-digits.

The loss is the second straight and fourth overall in eight games for UP which was also beaten by National U, 64-59, last Tuesday at the Trinity University Gym also in QC.

Sweet-shooting forward JP Cauilan was the lone scorer in double-digits with 14 points on top of seven rebounds, but his efforts were more than enough to tow the Bulldogs to 5-4.

Fil-Am forward David Murrell shone for the Fighting Maroons in that game with 14 points and six rebounds.

Meanwhile, Letran powered its way onto the top spot after outmuscling La Salle, 72-67.

Wing player Allen Mina showed the way for the now 7-2 Knights with 17 points while bigs Gerwin Sangalang and Daryl Pascual merged for 22 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks.

Transferee guard Jordan Bartlett was the lone bright spot for the Green Archers with 24 points.

La Salle was coming off a 71-56 domination of Manuel L. Quezon University three days ago. They now stand at 5-3.

BOX SCORES

TUESDAY GAMES

FIRST GAME

LA SALLE 71 – Bartlett 20, Bongay 14, Manuel 10, Alcala 13, Alcoriza 6, Cu 4, Santillan 2, Manaytay 2, Javelosa 0, Bates 0

MLQU 56 – Peralta 13, Sual 10, Gula 7, Alimasa 6, Jamila 6, Pastor 5, Verzosa 5, Fabila 2, Zulueta 1, Hermosa 1, Teobengco 0

QUARTER SCORES: 16-21, 31-32, 45-48, 71-56

SECOND GAME

NU 64 – Cauilan 14, Oczon 8, Sistoza 7, Rangel 6, Yu 6, Diputado 5, Flores 5, Minerva 4, Morido 3, Salim 2, Chatman 2, Penano 2, Malonzo 0, Atienza 0, Puray 0

UP 59 – Murrell 14, Kangga 12, Santiago 9, Gomez de Liano Ja 6, Gomez de Liano Ju 5, Espanola 4, Battad 3, Ong 2, Malingin 2, Madrigal 2

QUARTER SCORES: 10-7, 27-20, 42-44, 64-59

FRIDAY GAMES

FIRST GAME

LETRAN 72 – Mina 17, Sangalang 12, Pascual 10, Gonzales 10, Reyson 8, Favila 6, Pamulaklakin 5, Pambid 4

LA SALLE 67 – Bartlett 24, Manuel 13, Bongay 10, Cu 8, Abadeza 6, Alcala 5, Escandor 1, Alcoriza 0, Javelosa 0

QUARTER SCORES: 12-12, 31-28, 55-42, 72-67

SECOND GAME

UE 69 – Conner 14, Bartolome 11, Acuno 10, Antiporda 9, Varilla 6, Lacap 6, Maloles 4, Dimayuga 3, Gagate 2, Manalang 2, Beltran 2, Gallardo 0, Strait 0, Sobrevega 0, Cullar 0, Guion 0,

UP 68 – Rivero 34, Madrigal 9, Battad 7, Gomez de Liano 5, Gregorio 5, Ong 4, Malik 2, Ollano 2, Malingin 0

QUARTER SCORES: 16-27, 33-34, 56-52, 69-68

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