SAN JUAN City – Don’t look now, but the University of the Philippines is on a two-game winning streak at the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup. The Maroons spanked College of Saint Benilde, 67-58, Saturday (May 14) at the San Juan Arena.
The Maroons made their move in the second half. Kyles Lao, who suffered a serious knee injury in last year’s tournament, showed that he has recovered well by pumping in five points in the third period as UP held the lead entering the final canto, 46-38.
Dave Moralde then canned two triples and Diego Dario shot calmly from the free throw line at crunch time to preserve the win. UP and Coach Bo Perasol are now at 2-1 while the Blazers fell deeper into the Group A cellar at 0-4.
Moralde led UP with 14 points and five rebounds. Dario followed with 10 points and five rebounds.
Christian Fajarito led the Blazers with 14 points and 11 rebounds. JJ Domingo was next with 12 points followed by Yankee Haruna who made six of his 10 points in the opening period that was won by the Blazers, 18-10.
How They Scored:
UP-DILIMAN (67) – Moralde 14, Dario 10, Manuel 8, Lao 7, Desiderio 7, Harris 7, Espanola 5, Tekoudjou 4, Sablan 4, Ong 1, Bederi 0, Vito 0, Romero 0.
SAINT BENILDE (58) – Fajarito 14, JJ Domingo 12, Haruna 10, Leutcheu 7, Pajarillaga 6, Pasamante 4, Young 3, Norberte 2, Pili 0, JS Domingo 0, Dixon 0, San Juan 0, Belgica 0.
Period Scores: 10-18, 25-27, 46-38, 67-58.