Manzo energizes UP back into win column of UAAP 82

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 12, 2019 06:16 PM
Manzo energizes UP back into win column of UAAP 82
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

Jun Manzo led an unusual first five for the University of the Philippines, Saturday at MOA Arena, which started strong before the rest of the team pulled through and pushed off University of the East, 78-75, for a much-needed bounce back win in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament.

Manzo was flanked by usual starters Bright Akhuetie and Kobe Paras, but was also joined by Jaybie Mantilla and Jaydee Tungcab in the lineup acting head coach Ricky Dandan chose to commence the contest with.

That first five worked wonders, though, and scored 11 unanswered points before seizing an 18-2 lead.

The Red Warriors regrouped, however, as Alex Diakhite and Rey Suerte actually shot them back into tying the tally at 41-all late in the second quarter.

It was at that point that State U responded with an 11-0 run to re-increase their advantage to 52-41 at the midway mark of the third period.

UE again threatened at 67-69 inside the last four minutes only to see Kobe Paras set on fire a triple and then set up Javi Gomez de Liano for an inside basket to keep them at bay once and for all.

Behind Manzo’s best game in the season with 17 points, five assists, and three rebounds as well as Paras and Akhuetie’s normal numbers, UP arrested its two-game slide and ascended to 6-3 in the standings.

Akhuetie wound up with an 18-point, 14-rebound double-double while Paras had his own 14 markers, six boards, and three assists.

For the Red Warriors, Diakhite and Suerte, of course, showed the way with the former finishing with 28 points and 20 rebounds and the latter ended with 17 markers, seven boards, and six assists. All of those weren't enough, however, to prevent their fell to 3-7.

BOX SCORES

UP 78 - Akhuetie 18, Manzo 17, Paras 14, Ja. Gomez de Liano 10, Rivero 10, Ju. Gomez de Liano 4, Mantilla 3, Tungcab 2, Gob 0, Prado 0, Webb 0.

UE 75 - Diakhite 28, Suerte 17, Manalang 10, Cruz 7, Conner 6, Antiporda 3, Pagsanjan 2, Tolentino 2, Abanto 0, Apacible 0, Mendoza 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 27-10, 46-41, 65-50, 78-75.

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