Malonzo leaves UAAP 82 with a big bang, lifts La Salle over Adamson

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 30, 2019 02:40 PM
Malonzo leaves with a big bang, lifts La Salle over Adamson
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

Jamie Malonzo saved his best for last in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament, shooting a career-best 34 points in De La Salle University's wire-to-wire win against Adamson University, 89-63, Wednesday at MOA Arena.

Malonzo, playing the last game in his first and only season for the Green Archers, waxed hot from start to finish and just found no match at the other end.

Just at halftime, the Filipino-American already had 19 points to his name built on four triples.

For comparison, the Soaring Falcons only had 29 points after two quarters.

La Salle would never be threatened as Andrei Caracut and Justine Baltazar only joined in on the fun with the former finishing with 14 points, six assists, and three rebounds and the latter ending with 14 markers of his own on top of 13 boards, and three blocks. "This was a good team win. We wanted the guys to finish (the season) the right way," active consultant Jermaine Byrd said post-game.

Still, it was Malonzo who was the star of the show as he totaled seven triples as well as 12 rebounds.

On his back, the Taft-based team salvaged a fine finish to its second straight season outside the playoff picture as, at 7-7, they locked up a fifth-place finish. "The season was not what we wanted, but I'm happy we set our seniors off the right way," he said as they gave Malonzo, James Laput, Keyshawn Meeker, and team captain Caracut a fitting farewell.

No. 6, meanwhile, went to Adamson who owns the tiebreaker over likewise 4-10 University of the East.

Rookie AP Manlapaz paced them in this one with 15 points while Jerom Lastimosa also added 10 markers of his own.

They will head into next year sans Kristian Bernardo, Simon Camacho, Val Chauca, and Egie Boy Mojica.

BOX SCORES

LA SALLE 89 - Malonzo 34, Baltazar 14, Caracut 14, Bartlett 7, Serrano 7, Hill 5, Melecio 3, Laput 3, Lojera 2, Bates 0, Cu 0, Escandor 0, Lim 0, Manuel 0

ADAMSON 63 - Manlapaz 15, Lastimosa 10, Mojica 9, Douanga 6, Ahanmisi 5, Chauca 4, Fermin 4, Sabandal 3, Zaldivar 3, Camacho 2, Yerro 2, Bernardo 0, Capulong 0, Flowers 0, Magbuhos 0, Orquez 0

QUARTER SCORES: 25-12, 50-29, 68-40, 89-63

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