Spencer comes up clutch as UP comes alive anew in Filoil Preseason

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 25, 2019 04:04 PM
Spencer comes up clutch as UP comes alive anew in Filoil
UP turned to Fil-Aussie James Spencer to barge back into the win column in with 2019 Filoil Preseason

Jun Manzo took the lead once more before James Spencer took matters in his own hands in the endgame as the University of the Philippines powered through for a well-earned 68-62 win against UCBL champion Centro Escolar University, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

Manzo topped the scoring column with 17 points on top of six assists, three rebounds, and three steals, but it was Spencer who scored the Fighting Maroons' last five points in their bounce back win in the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament. "You don't want it close, but sometimes, you develop character in these games we have right now," head coach Bo Perasol said post-game.

Playing without all of Juan Gomez de Liano, Kobe Paras, and Ricci Rivero, State U needed each and every one of the 32 minutes Manzo was on the floor to steady the ship.

Still, the Scorpions kept coming and Maodo Malick Diouf's inside basket pulled them within one, 62-63, inside the last two minutes.

The two teams then traded defensive stops before Spencer decided to take and then make a triple that re-increased the UP edge to four.

Another defensive stop and two free throws from the Filipino-Australian guard later and the Fighting Maroons improved to 3-2.

Spencer wound up with 11 points and nine rebounds while Bright Akhuetie also added 13 markers and seven boards.

For CEU, Diouf imposed his will inside for a 28-point, 13-rebound double-double to go along with four blocks while Judel Fuentes contributed 13 markers and five boards and two assists.

Without an answer for neither Spencer nor Manzo in the endgame, however, they dropped to 2-2 in the preseason tournament.

BOX SCORES

UP 68 -- Manzo 17, Akhuetie 13, Spencer 11, Ja. Gomez de Liano 7, Gozum 7, Tungcab 6, Longa 3, Murrell 2, Gob 2, Webb 0, Jaboneta 0, Prado 0.

CEU 62 -- Diouf 28, Fuentes 13, Uri 7, Rojas 6, Ke. Caballero 4, Chan 2, Formento 2, Diaz 0, Santos 0, Sunga 0, Lisbo 0, Guinitaran 0, Bernabe 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 15-18, 37-28, 52-45, 68-62.

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