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UP survive Adamson’s threat in OT

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There is a lot of things that UP should be happy about.

The UPFighting Maroons escaped with a 83-82 overtime win against the Soaring Falcons in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena, on Sunday September 15.

The Fighting Maroons were down by seven at the beginning of the extra period, 82-75, thanks to Adrian Manlapaz’s timely production.

However, UP sparked an eight-to-nothing surge, which was ended by Bright Akhuetie’s game-winning free-throw shots.

“That was almost a lost opportunity for us, but my players just like Kobe (Paras) and Bright, James (Spencer), anybody out there, they just did not give up,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol.

Kobe Paras had a strong outing in his first-ever UAAP game, leading UP with 20 points, six rebounds and two blocks.

The reigning UAAP MVP provided a solid output of 18 points and 18 rebounds, while Juan Gomez De Liaño finally got his groove with his 12 markers, five rebounds, and four assists.

The Katipunan-based squad now goes up with a 2-1 win-loss record.

Val Chauca powered Adamson with 21 points while AP Manlapaz had 17 markers, as they stepped up for Jerrick Ahanmisi, who only listed seven points.

Unfortunately for the Falcons, they have to settle with a 2-2 record after their loss.
The Scores

UP 83 – Paras 20, Akhuetie 18, Ju. Gomez de Liano 12, Murrell 6, Rivero 6, Spencer 6, Webb 6, Manzo 4, Ja. Gomez de Liano 3, Tungcab 2, Gob 0, Jaboneta 0, Mantilla 0, Prado 0.

ADU 82 – Chauca 21, Manlapaz 17, Douanga 14, Lastimosa 13, Ahanmisi 7, Magbuhos 4, Camacho 2, Flowers 2, Mojica 2, Fermin 0, Yerro 0, Zaldivar 0.

Quarter Scores: 18-20, 25-41, 52-50, 73-73, 83-82.