Juan GDL has UAAP's first triple-double since 2006 as UP downs UE
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 21, 2018 06:25 PM
Juan GDL made his presence felt all over the court to lead UP past UE
Off his worst game in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament, Juan Gomez de Liano has come back with a vengeance.
Juan GDL had the league’s first triple-double in recent history, Bright Akhuetie had his own double-double, and Diego Dario came alive in the final frame as the Fighting Maroons took the fight out of University of the East, 94-81, on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Last year’s Rookie of the Year collected 15 points, 12 assists, and 12 rebounds – more than enough to make up for his five-point, four-turnover outing the last time around
He is the first player to tally a triple-double since fellow State U player Marvin Cruz had 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in August 2006.
It was backup point guard Dario, however, who scored eight straight points to detonate a 17-2 blast that increased a one-point lead to an 80-64 advantage inside the last six minutes. “I’d like to commend Diego and Bright for stepping up. They played to their potential,” coach Bo Perasol said post-game.
They would never relinquish both the double-digit lead and the momentum until the final buzzer.
In the end, Dario had 13 points off the bench while Akhuetie posted a 28-point, 13-rebound double-double on top of three steals and two blocks.
With the big-time win, UP improved to 4-5 and moved into a tie for the fifth spot with University of Sto. Tomas. “This is a big win for us and I hope this pushes us to the next level,” coach Bo said.
As always, Alvin Pasaol gave his all for the Red Warriors with 30 points and nine rebounds. Philip Manalang also added 15 markers, nine rebounds, and seven assists which still proved far from enough from preventing their fall to 1-8.
UP 94 – Akhuetie 28, Desiderio 16, Gomez de Liano 15, Dario 13, Manzo 6, Vito 5, Jaboneta 3, Lim 3, Prado 3, Murrell 2, Longa 0, Tungcab 0, Gozum 0
UE 81 – Pasaol 30, Manalang 15, Conner 12, Varilla 10, Beltran 4, Cullar 3, Antiporda 3, Strait 2, Bartolome 2, Acuno 0, Guion 0
QUARTER SCORES: 19-20, 41-44, 63-60, 94-81
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