SAN JUAN City – University of the Philippines made his 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup debut in style as they paraded a platoon of new recruits to down Mapua University, 80-72, at the resumption of hostilities Friday (May 19) at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The Maroons outscored the Cardinals in the fourth period, 26-11, to carve out the win and sending the Cardinals to their fourth straight setback.
Former University of the Visayas guard Jun Manzo scored on back-to-back drives to push UP on top with 5:41 to play, 68-65. Mapua though would tie the game for the last time on a triple by Almel Orquina, 68-68, but this was quickly neutralized by two key baskets by Paul Desiderio and last year’s UAAP Juniors Most Valuable Player Juan Gomez de Liano as the Maroons went ahead for good, 72-68.
Mapua would threaten one last time on a stab by Christian Bunag, 70-72, but Ibrahim Quattara, Javi Gomez de Liano and Manzo would deliver the insurance baskets as UP erected an unassailable 78-70 advantage with a minute to play. “The win was not easy but we will not make excuses,” said Coach Bo Perasol.
Quattara, a transfer exchange student from Mali by way of nearby Diliman College, had a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds. Manzo had eight of his 13 points in the fourth period.
Laurence Victoria led Mapua with 14 points, five rebounds and six assists. JR Raflores was next with 10 markers.
How They Scored:
UP-DILIMAN (80) – Quattara 16, Manzo 13, Ju Gomez de Liano 12, Desiderio 10, Dario 6, Prado 6, Lao 5, Ja Gomez de Liano 4, Lim 4, Ricafort 2, Vito 2, Harris 0.
MAPUA (72) – Victoria 14, Raflores 10, Gabo 8, Bunag 8, Magboo 8, Orquina 7, Estrella 7, Biteng 6, Pelayo 4, Gamboa 0, Aguirre 0, Nieles 0, Serrano 0.
Period Scores: 23-20, 36-40, 54-61, 80-72.