UAAP: UP back on track after fending off La Salle | Inquirer Sports

UAAP: UP back on track after fending off La Salle

/ 06:58 PM April 23, 2022
UP's Carl Tamayo and Maodo Diouf celebrate. UAAP PHOTO

UP’s Carl Tamayo and Maodo Diouf celebrate a basket. UAAP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–University of the Philippines nipped a late-game uprising by La Salle to prevail, 72-69, and return to the winning track Saturday in the UAAP Season 84 men’s basketball at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Maroons survived a 10-0 blast by the Archers who breathed to their necks, 71-69, in the final 10 seconds following a scoring binge by Deschon Winston. But after a Ricci Rivero free throw split for UP, La Salle’s Mark Nonoy bungled a three-pointer as time expired.

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That ensured UP’s 9th win in 11 matches entrenching itself in the top two of the standings and bouncing from a stinging defeat to Adamson (66-58) last time around.

“Compare to our last game, [today is] very different. Our ball movement [is good] from the start. We were sharing the ball, hitting the open man. Those things that we’ve been really working on, we saw it earlier,” said UP head coach Goldwin Monteverde.

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The Archers saw their two-game winning spell snapped for a 7-4 record.

Carl Tamayo topscored with 23 points for the Maroons, while Rivero added 11 including fast break slam that helped UP post a 48-34 lead early in the third quarter.

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