UPIS drops upset ax on UST, MVP leader Cansino

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 17, 2018 11:02 AM
UPIS drops upset ax on UST, MVP leader Cansino
UPIS rode a massive 34-point tidal wave all the way to a big-time win

Now, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that no team will be a pushover in the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

Riding a massive 34-point tidal wave in the final frame, University of the Philippines Integrated School pulled off the biggest shocker of the season by downing University of Sto. Tomas led by MVP frontrunner CJ Cansino, 91-87, on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Cansino was up to his usual tricks right from the start and still totaled 29 points, 18 rebounds, and two blocks.

The MVP frontrunner was missing help, however, especially in the pivotal period.

Down 57-86, Matt Santiago, Rafael Labao, and King Vergeire all connived for a 34-point fourth quarter that eventually ended as only their second win in nine games.

The Tiger Cubs still had a chance to force overtime, or even win the game, only down by two with 18.7 ticks to go on the clock, but Cansino’s triple try went wide right.

A couple of charities from Santiago later and the Junior Maroons were celebrating their biggest win in over two years.

Labao wound up with a team-high 17 points while Santiago and Vergeire chipped in 14 and 13 points, respectively.

The win lifts the Diliman-based squad out of the cellar and onto solo seventh. They own a decision over UST while bottom team University of the East owns a decision over Nazareth School of National University.

On the other hand, the loss pushes the Tiger Cubs to their first losing skid in the tournament. Now at 5-4, they will look back at their 28 turnovers leading to 24 points for their opponents.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

UPIS 91 – Labao Raf 17, Santiago 14, Tupaz 14, Vergeire 13, Labao Ral 13, Gregorio 10, Estrera 8, Villa-Real 2, Lopez 0

UST 87 – Cansino 29, Dolendo 15, Palencia 12, Villapando 12, Lina 8, Manabat 4, Baquial 3, Relucio 2, Narvasa 2, Biag 0, Esplana 0, Anunciacion 0, Benzonan 0, Dela Cruz 0

QUARTER SCORES: 25-17, 42-48, 57-68, 91-87

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