UP Fighting Maroons began their Filoil Premier Cup journey with a win, after they rallied a come-from-behind effort to beat Mapua University, 80-72 at Filoil Flying V Centre, San Juan Arena, May 19. The UP Fighting Maroons were trailing 54-61 at the third quarter but Jarrell Lim and Jun Manzo took over which resulted to UP leading the game halfway into the fourth quarter.
Manzo, who had 13 points, scored two quick layups which gave State U the lead, 68-65. He was lauded the player of the game. Prized rookie Juan Gomez de Liano chipped in 12 points for his #Filoil2017 debut. Paul Desiderio contributed both offensively and defensively, scoring 10 points which was topped with a steal that resulted to a breakaway laup for Manzo at the end minutes of the fourth quarter.
UP held to a 23-20 after first quarter but the Cardinals came alive in the second quarter and even lead as much as 9 points from efforts of Victoria, Gabo and Estrella. Ibrahim Ouattara also debuted in his first #Filoil2017 gamem, with a double-double – 16 points, 14 rebounds.
According to Perasol, he is delighted with the composure the boys have shown, saying Manzo’s plays at the end game were excellent: “One of the few things I emphasized to them going in this tournament is that we have to practice overcoming adversities. When we practice going into our main tournament which is the UAAP, we need to bounce back coming from behind or ahead kami, those are the things that we need to do as a team also.”
UP (80) – Quattara 16, Manzo 13, Ju. De Liaño 12, Desiderio 10, Prado 6, Dario 6, Lao 5, Ja. De Liaño 4, Lim 4, Ricafort 2, Vito 2, Harris 0,
MAPUA (72) – Victoria 14, Raflores 10, Bunag 8, Magboo 8, Gabo 8, Estrella 7, Orquina 7, Biteng 6, Pelayo 4, Serrano 0, Nieles 0, Gamboa 0, Aguirre 0.
23-20, 36-40, 54-61, 80-72.