UP, Ricci Rivero fall to La Salle in Got Skills Summer Showcase
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 26, 2018 11:01 AM
Ricci Rivero has now averaged 30.5 points in 50 percent shooting to go along with 4.5 steals, 3.5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3.5 turnovers in his first two games for UP
La Salle 6-3
For the second straight game, Ricci Rivero was red-hot, but for the second straight game as well, it wasn’t enough to lead UP to victory in the 2018 Milcu Sports Basketball presented by Got Skills Adidas Summer Showcase.
Rivero dropped 27 points on former team La Salle, but Taane Samuel and Jollo Go had the answers for the Green Archers who came from behind to take down the Fighting Maroons, 73-69, last Monday at the Buddha Care Gym in Quezon City.
Rivero, who transferred from La Salle to State U just last month, has now averaged 30.5 points in 50 percent shooting to go along with 4.5 steals, 3.5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3.5 turnovers in his first two games for his new team. However, he is yet to get his first taste of victory in maroon and green.
The Green Archers were actually trailing by four after three quarters until Samuel, a burly big man from New Zealand, imposed his will on UP’s Bright Akhuetie-less frontcourt. He finished with a 25-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Gunslinger Go also did his part, keeping the Taft-based team in the game in the face of Rivero’s hot shooting with a total of 22 points on top of six assists and five rebounds.
Having downed their former teammate, Samuel, Go, and the rest of La Salle (6-3) now advance into the semifinals where they battle top-seeded Letran (7-2).
For the Fighting Maroons, Lorenzo Battad was the only other player in double-digits with 13 points. With back-to-back losses, they drop out of the top four in the standings and end the tournament with a 4-5 record.
Meanwhile, UE missed out on a chance at the semifinals after getting frustrated by Arellano U, 53-62.
Kraniel Villoria topped the scoring column with 10 points while Michael Canete and Levi Dela Cruz chipped in nine and eight markers, respectively, to help the Chiefs wind up their campaign at 5-4.
Also at 5-4, one win away from a shot at the Final Four, are the Red Warriors who were led by Alvin Pasaol’s 13 points.