UNIVERSITY of the Philippines -Los Banos walked the tightrope before beating Laguna University, 67-65, to barge in win column in the Laguna Colleges Universities Athletic Association (LACUAA) basketball tournament at Trace College gym.
Handled by coach Leo Neil Viado, the Maroons leaned on Elijah Anton Villar, Rosendo Baron and Karl Angelo Ramos to beat Green Buffalos and register their first win against three losses I this tournament organized by BAP Region 4 head Leonardo Andres and LACUAA president Prof. Arnaldo Dilig.
Villar and Baron finished with 14 points apiece while Ramos contributed 12 points for the Maroons, who needed one defensive stop in the closing seconds to escape with the win.
Ralph Gutierez carried the fight for Laguna University, which suffered its fifth straight loss.
Michael Malbatan and Ronald Laganzon contributed 15 and 12 points, respectively.
In the junior division, Greenfields International School defeated Westbridge Institute, 71-51, for its fourth win in fi ve outings for third place .
William Caraan scords 15 points for the Sta Rosa-based team of coach Alex Angeles.