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Archers, Maroons gain

  • Written by Theodore Jurado
  • Published in Basketball
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DEFENDING champion La Salle turned to its defense to edge out Far Eastern University, 75-73, and reclaim solo second in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

After nailing the first shot from the foul line, Ricci Rivero made a free throw on violation, giving the Tamaraws one shot to send the game into overtime in the final 2.2 seconds.

Andrei Caracut, however, intercepted Ron Dennison’s inbound pass intended for Prince Orizu to preserve the Green Archers’ win.

La Salle rebounded from last Sunday’s narrow 75-76 defeat to league-leading Ateneo to raise its record at 6-2.

Earlier, University of the Philippines halted a three-game slide and tied FEU in fourth place, but not without surviving another University of Santo Tomas scare, 71-69.

For the second straight game, Ricci Rivero shone for the Archers with 20 points, including two crowd-pleasing dunks in the second period, while reigning MVP Ben Mbala added 18 points and 17 rebounds.

“Our coaches told us to stick to our system,” said Rivero, who scored 19 points in the one-point loss to the Blue Eagles.
    
Kenneth Tuffin spearheaded the Tamaraws’ charge with 14 points, while Hubert Cani contributed 13 markers, five rebounds and five assists.
    
La Salle led by as much as 16 points and was ahead by six when FEU was able to come to within 73-74 on a Cani three and a Orizu slam dunk.
    
The scores:
    
First game
    
UP (71)  -- Jaboneta 12, Manzo 11, Desiderio 10, Ju. Gomez de Liaño 9, Ouattara 9, Lim 6, Vito 6, Ja. Gomez de Liaño 4, Romero 2, Prado 2, Ricafort 0, Lao 0, Dario 0.
    
UST (69) -- Lee 17, Soriano 14, Sta. Ana 13, Akomo 7, Basibas 5, Macasaet 5, Romero 4, Huang 2, Faundo 2, De Guzman 0, Caunan 0, Kwawukumey 0, Garcia 0.
    
Quarterscores: 15-17, 40-32, 61-55, 71-69.
    
Second game
    
DLSU (75) -- Rivero R. 20, Mbala 18, Go 14, Rivero P. 8, Caracut 7, Santillan 3, Tratter 3, Montalbo 2, Gonzales 0, Paraiso 0.
    
FEU (73) -- Tuffin 14, Cani 13, Dennison 10, Parker 9, Eboña 8. Escoto 7, Orizu 7, Iñigo 3, Ramirez 2, Stockton 0, Trinidad 0, Comboy 0.
    
Quarterscores: 18-13, 39-35, 62-56, 75-73.