Wednesday, September 9, 2015
UAAP 78: UP shocks La Salle for first 2-0 start in 10 years
The University of the Philippines (UP) proved that its victory over University of the East (UE) last Saturday was no fluke when it turned back De La Salle University, 71-66, at the UAAP men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday.
The Maroons dominated the Green Archers in the first three quarters and quelled La Salle’s uprising in the final period to post their second win of the season.
It was the first time UP scored more than one victory in a season in years. The last time the Maroons defeated the Season 76 champions was back in 2009.
It was a close game for both squads in the first quarter, but UP began padding on its lead by hitting perimeter shots in the second period. By the end of the first half, the Maroons were already up, 41-28.
Jeron Teng and Jason Perkins tried to stop the bleeding for the Archers but this didn't stop UP.
The Maroons appeared to be cruising to an easy victory in the fourth quarter but Josh Caracut and Prince Rivero managed to pull the Archers to within eight points.
Rivero split his charities to make it a five-point game for La Salle, 59-64, with over a minute remaining.
After Jett Manuel’s free throw, Teng managed to pull off a tough shot to bring UP’s lead down to four, 65-61, with 45 seconds to go.
Andrew Harris and Henri Asilum connected their free throws to extend the lead for UP, 69-61, but La Salle refused to go away as Caracut stretched for a layup to keep the Archers' hopes alive.
The Maroons, however, managed to hold off the Archers in the end.