Manzo the man in UP's back-to-back wins to open Taiwan tourney

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 17, 2019 06:51 PM
Manzo the man in UP's second straight win in Taiwan tourney
Photo courtesy of 2019 BLIA Cup

Jun Manzo built on a strong showing in their opener in the 2019 Buddha's Light International Association (BLIA) Cup by steering the University of the Philippines to a well-earned 87-72 win against Huaquiao University, Tuesday in Taiwan.

Manzo had 22 points to go along with six assists, two rebounds, and two steals to lead the Fighting Maroons in dominating the second half en route to their second win in as many games.

This, after he also scored 13 points, all but two coming in the second quarter, in their convincing victory in their opener yesterday.

The graduating guard was backstopped by Kobe Paras who had 15 points, four rebounds, and three steals as well as UAAP 81 MVP Bright Akhuetie who had an 11-marker, 14-board double-double.

Javi Gomez de Liano also added 11 points of his own as Philippine State U continued to find ways to win even without injured Juan GDL and Ricci Rivero.

Standing in their way next is National Kaohsiung Normal University on Thursday.

QUARTER SCORES: 20-20, 41-36, 64-53, 87-72.

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