UP snaps 18-game losing skid in the UAAP with a win over UE | Inquirer Sports
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UP snaps 18-game losing skid in the UAAP with a win over UE

/ 06:28 PM July 14, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines snapped an 18-game losing skid in the UAAP as it overwhelmed University of the East, 69-61, in Season 74 of the men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum Thursday.

The last time the Maroons tasted a sweet victory was back in 2009 against La Salle, 83-78, even as they failed to barged into the win column last season with a 0-14 card.

“We finally got the monkey of our backs,” said head coach Ricky Dandan, who also notched his first win as a UP mentor. “It feels good.”

Returning guard Mike Gamboa paced the Maroons with 19 points, five rebounds, and six assists while Mike Silungan, another first-timer in the victory since his debut last season, chipped in 15 points.

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UP actually jumped the gates early to seize the lead, then built a 13-point buffer, the biggest of the game, on a basket by Gamboa midway in the third quarter.

The Maroons also halted an eight-game tailspin against the Warriors dating back to September 3, 2006, wherein they won 90-85.

The Warriors tried to stay within striking distance and even came as close as six, 61-55, in the fourth quarter but were easily fended off by the Maroons.

Paul Zamar topscored for UE with 14 points, while John Noble had eight points to boot.

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UE’s Lord Casejeros faces suspension in his next game after committing a hard foul against UP’s Anjelo Montecastro.

The scores

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UP 69- Gamboa 19, Silungan 15, Manuel 13, Gomez 9, Montecastro 5, Maniego 3, Gingerich 3, Romero 2, Mbah 0, Juruena 0.

UE 61- Zamara 14, Noble 8, Javier 6, Santos 5, Sumang 4, Enguio 4, Sumido 4, Zosa 3, Chavez 3, Casajeros 3, Flores 3, Tagarda 2, Duran 2.

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Quarters: 22-11, 39-31, 57-47, 69-61.

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