SAN JUAN City – Mapua University created early shockwaves through the 12th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup by sending University of the Philippines crashing to its second straight loss, 79-78, on the second day of action Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Veteran Exequiel Biteng shone all game long to give the Cardinals the much needed lift.
Biteng hit a crucial basket to give the Cardinals the 79-75 advantage with time winding down. Bright Akhuetie then completed a three-point play with no time left on the clock to settle the final score.
“We have to make do with what we have so since we are a small team, we will run a lot and play more of team defense,” explained Coach Atoy Co. “As a veteran, Biteng has to set the good example on both offense and defense to his younger teammates.”
Biteng punched in three triples for 19 points and three rebounds. He was followed by Eric Jabel with 13 points and two steals.
Akhuetie’s effort of 30 points and 18 rebounds went to waste. Paul Desiderio followed with 13 points and 10 assists for the Maroons which absorbed a 79-82 beating from De La Salle University the day earlier.
How They Scored:
MAPUA (79) – Biteng 19, Jabel 13, Victoria 12, Serrano 8, Salenga 8, Bonifacio 7, Pelayo 5, Pajarillo 3, Bunag 2, Lugo 2, Aguirre 0, Garcia 0.
UP-DILIMAN (78) – Akhuetie 30, Desiderio 13, Ju Gomez de Liano 12, Murrell 9, Lim 4, Gozum 4, Manzo 3, Vito 2, Ja Gomez de Liano 1, Dario 0, Jaboneta 0, Longa 0.
Period Scores: 19-15, 35-32, 55-56, 79-78.