Melecio, La Salle crush coach Aldin's UST by 41 points

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 03, 2018 04:10 PM
Melecio, La Salle crush coach Aldin's UST by 41 points
Aljun Melecio remained a thorn on the side of former mentor Aldin Ayo and his new team in UST

ANTIPOLO – Facing off once more with his former mentor, Aljun Melecio was a man on a mission right from tip-off on Saturday at the Ynares Center here.

In the end, it was mission accomplished not just for Melecio, but for all of De La Salle University as they just had their way with University of Sto. Tomas, 110-69, for back-to-back wins in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The third-year guard poured in eight points in just the first six minutes to shoot La Salle to a 27-8 start.

They would never relinquish both the double-digit lead and the momentum for the remainder of the game. “Tulad ng sabi ko sa mga bata, this is a result of a good practice for the team,” head coach Louie Gonzalez said post-game.

The Green Archers’ advantage increased to as much as 48 as they dominated former head coach Aldin Ayo once more.

Much of that was because of Melecio who wound up with 22 points built on six triples to go along with six assists and five rebounds.

Andrei Caracut and Justine Baltazar were also on-point with the former finishing with 15 points, three assists, and three rebounds and the latter ending with 13 markers and six boards.

Even Mark Dyke got in on the fun with a career-high 16 points on top of six rebounds. Jollo Go and Encho Serrano also chipped in 14 and 13 markers, respectively, to round out a total of six players in double-digits for them.

In all, their scoring output is the highest any team has ever put out thus far in the tournament. “These guys, talagang nagsakripisyo. Pinalangin ko talagang sana, magbunga yung sakripisyong ginawa nila,” coach Louie said.

With the total team effort, the Taft-based team has protected its place at solo third now at 7-4.

The 41-point blowout is now the worst loss in the coaching career of one-time NCAA and one-time UAAP champion coach Aldin. Before this, his worst loss was a 32-point beating at the hands of Ateneo de Manila University.

The decision was doubly important for La Salle as it dragged down the erstwhile fourth-running Growling Tigers to 5-6.

As such, UST now shares the fourth spot with Far Eastern University and the University of the Philippines.

Team captain Marvin Lee was the lone bright spot for them with 26 points while super rookie CJ Cansino was slowed down somewhat with just 14 markers, nine rebounds, and three assists.

BOX SCORES

LA SALLE 110 – Melecio 22, Dyke 16, Caracut 15, Go 14, Baltazar 13, Serrano 13, Santillan 6, Montalbo 4, Manuel 3, Bates 2, Capacio 2, Corteza 0

UST 69 – Lee 26, Cansino 14, Mahinay 5, Marcos 5, Cosejo 5, Zamora 4, Bataller 3, Huang 3, Agustin 2, Bonleon 2, Subido 0, Caunan 0

QUARTER SCORES: 29-13, 50-31, 84-40, 110-69

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