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NU, La Salle bolster UAAP Final 4 drive


ADRIAN Santos (left) and Charles Mammie of UE and Jason Perkins of De La Salle battle for the rebound. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

Streaking National University grabbed solo lead (9-3) after blasting University of the Philippines, 79-62, while La Salle claimed a share of second (8-4) by forging a 75-65 overtime win against a University of the East side that got a reprieve in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

While both winners propped up their Final Four bids, Ateneo absorbed a huge blow as the UAAP Board slapped a one-game suspension on coach Bo Perasol for figuring in a postgame altercation with La Salle fan JJ Atayde.

But Perasol said his fourth-running Blue Eagles remain confident when the defending champions go for a crucial win against the Warriors on Sunday.

“Our players are still raring to go,” said Perasol, adding that assistant Sandy Arespacochaga will call the shots in his absence. “I believe that every time our team is down, our players become better. The direction of the team is still in our hands.”

Perasol nearly stormed the stands as Atayde heckled him while heading into the dugout after the game won by the Green Archers over the Blue Eagles, 66-64, last Sunday.

Atayde also got banned for the rest of the season for his unruly conduct.

“The mission-vision of the UAAP is to promote sportsmanship,” league secretary Malou Isip said after the Board’s emergency meeting yesterday. “We want to be consistent on that. From the players to the coaches and officials, they should observe good behavior.”

Ray Parks exploded for 30 points on top of 10 rebounds and five assists as the Bulldogs cruised to their sixth straight victory.

“Getting the No. 1 spot is a false sense of security because the standings are tight,” said coach Eric Altamirano after his Bulldogs secured at least a playoff for a semifinal slot.

The Archers shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the field in overtime to pull away from the Warriors, who had African center Charles Mammie suiting up after the UAAP Board granted UE’s appeal to reduce his suspension from two games to one just moments before the game .

The scores:

First Game

NU 79—Parks 30, Mbe 14, Javillonar 6, Alolino 6, Alejandro 6, Khobuntin 5, Villamor 4, De Guzman 4, Rosario 2, Javelona 2, Roño 0, Porter 0, Neypes 0.

UP 62—Soyud 17, Marata 13, Desiderio 8, Lao 6, Gallarza 4, Ball 4, Wong 3, Pascual 3, Paras 2, Harris 2, Asilum 0, Amar 0.

Quarters: 24-19, 43-36, 64-48, 79-62

Second Game

LA SALLE 75—Perkins 22, Teng 17, Vosotros 16, Van Opstal 9, T. Torres 6, Revilla 3, N. Torres 2, Salem 0, Reyes 0, Montalbo 0, Dela Paz 0.

UE 65—Sumang 17, Noble 17, Jumao-as 13, Mammie 11, Sumido 2, Javier 2, Casajeros 2, Alberto 1, Olayon 0, Santos 0, Pujante 0, Hernandez 0, Guion 0, Flores 0.

Quarters: 14-21, 30-35, 41-44, 56-56 (reg.), 75-65 (OT)

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Tags: La Salle , National University , UAAP men’s basketball

  • podo1001 .

    Sumang is Dupang!

  • Maglalawis

    Sumang and Samar sold the game!

  • javy

    The UAAP Board is a disaster when it comes to decisions. Full of self-interest, bias and illogicality.

  • RedvD

    WTF UP? You have the players and some good pieces but the coaching staff and management are doing a ridiculously awful job. You cannot get even a single win!

    The management and staff should all be fired or resign now. Overhaul the program. And alums should put more pressure to sports directors of the schools and give the monies.

  • nes911

    Perasol should resign as ateneo coach. He has been doing nothing good for the team.

  • jus_sayinagain

    You can’t put a good team down. DLSU showed real character. Sauler could easily have thrown a tantrum, but didn’t The UAAP Board have at least two days to come up with a decision on Mammie, but they didn’t.

    To the UAAP Board….what’s next? The kitchen sink?

  • archerfan

    UE will intentionally loose the game to admu. montinola and his cohorts will do everything to get admu the last F4 slot! thats a fact!!

    • jus_sayinagain

      I tend to agree with you….from all indications, the wheeling and dealing at the board room and the support of ABS-CBN may just prove you right. Unless of course, they have a change of heart and let the teams play it out.

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