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UAAP: UP pulls away to beat UST, closes in on twice-to-beat bonus

UP Combating Maroons’ Carl Tamayo. –UAAP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — College of the Philippines wanted a fiery fourth-quarter surge earlier than taking down the also-ran College of Santo Tomas, 78-60, to safe no less than a playoff for a twice-to-beat benefit within the UAAP Season 85 males’s basketball match on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Area.

The Combating Maroons bucked a sluggish begin within the first half, unleashing a 15-5 run within the third quarter capped by back-to-back baskets by Cyril Gonzales to construct a 13-point  52-39 lead earlier than the Growling Tigers stored them inside 10 to finish the quarter.

The defending champion unloaded three triples from Carl Tamayo, RC Calimag, and Gonzales to ignite a 15-2 run to tally their largest lead of 23 factors, 74-51, and put away the match with 6:13 to play.

Tamayo posted 19 factors on 7-of-11 taking pictures and grabbed 9 rebounds in simply 17 minutes of play to place UP on the verge of getting a twice-to-beat benefit within the Remaining 4 with an improved 11-2 document.

Gonzales chipped in 14 factors coming off the bench, whereas Malick Diouf added 10 factors, 14 boards, six assists, two steals, and a block because the Combating Maroons attempt to seal the No.1 seed of their final elimination recreation in opposition to the Ateneo Blue Eagles on Saturday at Sensible Araneta Coliseum.

“That was one of many objectives. Coming into this recreation, one of many issues that Coach Gold (identified)… Coach Gold hardly ever talks about pre-games and standings. As a result of our season has been constructed on — when it comes to preaching — has been constructed on the expansion of the crew. Simply constructing each recreation,” mentioned UP assistant coach Christian Luanzon, talking for Goldwin Monteverde. “

“Twice to beat, clearly, is a big benefit… However there’s nonetheless loads to enhance on. We’re gonna return and watch this recreation, and put together our greatest coming into the subsequent recreation this Saturday.”

The Combating Maroons scored 22 factors off UST’s 23 turnovers as they’d 14 steals to bounce back from an 82-80 loss to La Salle final Sunday.

The also-ran UST absorbed its eleventh straight loss, dropping to 1-11 with Nic Cabanero main the way in which with 14 factors, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Adama Faye had 12 factors and 11 boards.

The Scores:

UP 78 — Tamayo 19, Gonzales 14, Diouf 10, Cagulangan 8, Lucero 6, Abadiano 4, Galinato 4, Spencer 3, Ramos 3, Calimag 3, Alarcon 2, Torculas 2, Lina 0, Eusebio 0, Andrews 0.

UST 60 — Cabanero 14, Faye 12, Calimag 7, Pangilinan 6, Manalang 6, Laure 4, Mantua 4, Manaytay 3, Magdangal 2, Garing 2, Herrera 0, Escobido 0, Gesalem 0.

Quarters: 15-16, 37-34, 59-49, 78-60.

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