WINLESS NO MORE: Torculas saves the day; UPIS stops 19-game losing slide

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 05, 2020 04:07 PM
Torculas saves the day; UPIS stops 19-game losing slide
(Photo courtesy of UAAP)

STANDINGS

Bullpups 13-0 (twice-to-beat)

Baby Tamaraws 12-1 (twice-to-beat)

Blue Eaglets 8-6 (semifinals)

Baby Falcons 8-6 (semifinals)

Tiger Cubs 7-7

Jr. Warriors 3-11

Jr. Archers 3-11

Jr. Maroons 1-13

There will be no winless season in the UAAP 82 Boys Basketball Tournament as the University of the Philippines Integrated School thwarted University of the East’s plot to keep it out of the win column.

Jordi Gomez de Liano caught fire anew while Sean Torculas came to the rescue in the endgame as the Jr. Maroons weathered the storm brought by the Jr. Warriors, 86-81, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.

Jordi GDL topped the scoring column with 21 points and was at the forefront of an attack that buried their opponents under a barrage of threes in the first half.

State U totaled 11 triples in the first two quarters where it mounted a lead of as much as 34.

Come the final frame, however, they let their foot off the gas pedal quite a bit and saw UE come as close as one, 81-82, with under two minutes left.

It was at that point, however, that with the shot clock winding down, Ray Allen Torres set up Torculas for a trey at the top of the key.

The do-it-all weapon wasted no time taking and making the shot that ultimately broke the back of the Jr. Warriors.

In the end, Torculas had 14 points, 15 rebounds, seven blocks, and three assists to his name while Torres also added 12 markers, five boards, and three dimes.

Collin Dimaculantan then chipped in 16 points, seven rebounds, and five assists to help UPIS just barely dodge the ax of a winless season.

Even more, they won for the first time since the second round of last year - having dropped 19 games in between wins.

On the other hand, UE closes its campaign at 3-11 even after a furious fightback of a 33-9 final frame.

BOX SCORES

THIRD GAME

UPIS 86 - Gomez de Liano 21, Dimaculangan 16, Torculas 14, Torres 12, Canillas 7, Lopez 5, Napalang 5, Armamento 3, Morejelo 2, Abreu 1, Avinado 0, Cordero 0, Jacob 0, Villarivera 0, Villaverde 0

UE 81 - Austria 18, Cruz 15, Marasigan 14, San Juan 11, Montecalvo 10, Montecastro 7, Caliwag 5, Mara 1, Cabili 0, Castillo 0, Pelipel 0, Peralta 0, Serrano 0

QUARTER SCORES: 26-13, 59-32, 77-48, 86-81

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