SAN JUAN City – Diego Dario hit a running three-point shot with seven seconds left to push University of the Philippines over Emilio Aguinaldo College, 61-59, in the main game of the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Wednesday (May 24) at the FilOil Flying V Arena. This marks the third straight win for the Maroons as they zoomed to the solo leadership of Group B in the 18-team tournament.
It was a tense final minute of the game beginning with Noah Webb’s block of Jerome Garcia that led to a drive to the basket by Jun Manzo to give UP a 58-55 lead with 24 seconds remaining. Francis Munsayac then trimmed the deficit with a layup of his own, 57-58, forcing Coach Bo Perasol to call their final timeout.
Suddenly, Juju Bautista intercepted the inbound pass and sprinted down the floor for two more points and the lead for the Generals, 59-58. The ensuing confusion saw the ball being tossed to the waiting Dario who then hit the game-winner.
Paul Desiderio led all scorers with 18 points. Dario added 14 points including the game-winner, his fourth triple of the game.
“That was a lucky shot by Diego,” said Coach Perasol. The Maroons started flat allowing the Generals to take the first period, 19-6, but the Maroons came back to close in by halftime, 24-29.
Jerome Garcia paced the Generals with 11 points and seven rebounds. Munsayac also had 11 points but missed a jumper at the buzzer that could have forced overtime.
How They Scored:
UP-DILIMAN (61) – Desiderio 18, Dario 14, Ju Gomez de Liano 9, Lim 6, Manzo 5, Vito 5, Quattara 4, Ricafort 0, Romero 0, Prado 0, Harris 0, Webb 0.
EMILIO AGUINALDO (59) – Munsayac 11, Garcia 11, Onwubere 10, Laminou 8, Guzman 6, Bautista 5, Diego 4, Pascua 2, Gonzalez 2, I. Mendoza 0, Tampoc 0, Corilla 0, Neri 0, J. Mendoza 0.
Period Scores: 6-19, 24-29, 41-39, 61-59.