SAN JUAN City – An undermanned University of the Philippines summoned all their remaining strength at crunch time to eliminate National University, 59-56, and advance to the quarterfinals to the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre Wednesday (June 14). Jun Manzo and Ibrahim Quattara hit the timely baskets to save the day for the Maroons.
After J-Jay Alejandro scored on a drive to give the Bulldogs their last taste of the lead, 56-52, Manzo and Quattara canned back-to-back field goals to time the count followed by a booming triple from Manzo to push UP on top and settle the final tally with 54 seconds to play.
Manzo and Quattara’s combined heroics nullified the outstanding shooting of Dave Wilson Yu who dropped four triples in the second half as the Bulldogs rallied from a 21-29 deficit at the break. “I told Jun that we need his scoring so he has to think of scoring aside from passing,” said Coach Bo Perasol.
The Maroons were without stalwarts Paul Desiderio, Diego Dario and Juan Gomez de Liano while Rob Ricafort suited up but was not fielded as he rested his knee injury. “This is a good game to boos the confidence of our second stringers and it will serve us well come the UAAP,” added Coach Perasol.
Noah Webb scored eight of 17 points in the first half to lead the Maroons. Gelo Vito followed with six of his eight points coming in the first half as well.
Yu finished with a total of 16 markers. Reggie Morido and Matt Salem were next with eight points each.
Up next for the Maroons will be the top seed from Group A which is still to be determined. Also advancing to the quarterfinals scheduled on June 21 from Group B are Far Eastern University, Adamson University and San Sebastian College.
How They Scored:
UP-DILIMAN (59) – Webb 17, Vito 8, Lim 7, Manzo 7, Quattara 5, Ja Gomez de Liano 5, Lao 4, Jaboneta 3, Prado 3, Harris 0.
NATIONAL (56) – Yu 16, Morido 8, Salem 8, Alejandro 6, Gaye 5, Aquino 4, Bartlett 4, Abatayo 3, Mosqueda 2, Diputado 0, Cauilan 0, Tibayan 0, Rangel 0, Sistoza 0, Flores 0.
Period Scores: 15-9, 29-21, 43-43, 59-56.