UP back on top after ambushing DLSU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 09, 2015 04:48 PM
UP back on top after ambushing DLSU
YES, IT'S TRUE. UP is thus far the biggest surprise in the UAAP season.

Yes, it’s true, the University of the Philippines is 2-0 for the first time in a decade and is pacing the earlygoing of the 78th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Fighting Maroons jumped on De La Salle University right from tip-off and did not falter from the free throw line in the endgame to claim their second straight win, 71-66, at the expense of the Green Archers on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum

Hot starts from Paul Desiderio and Jett Manuel pushed UP in front, 41-28, at the half. The season hosts then widened their advantage to 62-47 in the fourth before Josh Caracut and Prince Rivero sparked a 14-3 rally that closed the Archers to 61-65 with 42.3 remaining.

Coach Juno Sauler had DLSU intentionally fouling to save the little time they had. Tested from the line, big man Andrew Harris muffed both his free throws, but it was the Maroons who collared the rebound.

Sent back to the line, Harris made up for his misses by hitting both free throws. After a timeout, the Archers inbounded to Jeron Teng who was masterfully defended by Agustini Amar.

Teng lost possession and was called for an offensive foul that became his fifth in total. Caracut and Thomas Torres were still able to add five points to for DLSU from that point, but UP also made all of their four free throws.

Manuel and Desiderio fronted the Maroons’ ambush with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Asked how it felt to be surprisingly on top of the leaderboard, coach Rensy Bajar said in his post-game conference, “Napakasarap. Di ko masabi talaga, basta sobrang sarap.”

River led the Archers’ effort with 15 markers, but a sickly 36 percent shooting from the field doomed them to 1-1.

BOX SCORES

UP 71 – Manuel 14, Desiderio 13, Longa 10, Dario 9, Asilum 7, Moralde 5, Harris 4, Vito 3, Amar 2, Gallarza 2, Prado 2, Juruena 0, Kone 0

DLSU 66 – Rivero 15, Caracut 12, Teng 10, Sargent 8, Torres 8, Go 5, Perkins 5, Muyang 3, Navarro 0, Tratter 0

BOX SCORES: 16-14, 41-28, 54-42, 71-66

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