SAN JUAN City – University of the Philippines notched its second win in five starts by clubbing Gilas Pilipinas, 78-72, in the featured game of the 12th FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Center. It was a feel-good win for the Maroons who rallied from as much as 14 points down in the third period, 36-50, behind to stellar plays of guards Jun Manzo and Juan Gomez de Liano.
Manzo was on fire in the third as he scattered 11 of his 16 points in the pivotal third as UP closed the gap entering the final period, 53-58. With Gomez de Liano providing more offense, Manzo fittingly capped the rally with a triple that gave them the lead for good at the 3:24 mark, 70-69.
“This is one game we can always remember and look back at,” said winning coach Bo Perasol. “We were able to hold our own against the best college players in the country.”
UP actually went on a 20-4 run capped by back to back tip-ins by Jerson Prado and Bright Akhuetie for an unassailable 76-69 edge and 50 seconds to go. The Nationals gave it one last push via J-Jay Alejandro’s triple but it was quickly neutralized by a pair of Manzo charities for the final tally.
Coach Perasol ordered a tighter defense on Gilas top gun Arvin Tolentino who was held scoreless in the second half after scoring a team-high 14 points in the first half. Isaac Co came off the bench to contribute 12 points and four rebounds as the Nationals slipped to 1-4 and putting their playoff hopes in peril.
How They Scored:
UP-DILIMAN (78) – Ju Gomez de Liano 22, Manzo 22, Akhuetie 16, Ja Gomez de Liano 6, Vito 3, Murrell 2, Tungcab 2, Lim 2, Prado 2, Gozum 1, Dario 0, Jaboneta 0, Longa 0.
GILAS PILIPINAS (72) – A Tolentino 14, Go 12, R Rivero 9, Paras 8, Tamayo 7, V Tolentino 6, Tuffin 5, P Rivero 4, Mocon 4, Alejandro 3, Ambohot 0.
Period Scores: 16-18, 27-41, 53-58, 78-72.