UNIVERSITY of the Philippines overcame a slow start to beat University of Perpetual Help, 77-63, on Friday for its third straight win in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup on Friday in San Juan.
Paul Desiderio led the Maroons' second half surge as they pulled away from a nip and tuck first half to take control of the match for good.
Without Prince Eze to man the paint for the Altas, UP feasted underneath to improve to 3-3 for the tournament.
"As I’ve said, there are wins that I really don’t like and losses that I like. These are some of the wins I don’t like because I think we didn’t exert too much effort," said Perasol.
"It was good that we were able to come back in the end but for us to be able to win at a higher level, we need to be consistent with what we do," he added.
Desiderio finished with 20 points spiked by five triples off the bench to lead the Maroons.
Gelo Vito added 13 points and 14 boards as Bright Akhuetie finished with 10 points and eight rebounds against his former team.
Edgar Charcos paced the Altas with 11 points, four assists and four steals as Tonton Peralta and Julius Tiburcio chipped in 10 markers for the 0-3 Altas.