UNIVERSITY of the East pulled away late to hack out an 80-67 win over University of Sto. Tomas in the Filoil Flying V Preseason premier Cup on Wednesday in San Juan.
Clark Derige fired 16 points, hitting four triples including two in the fourth period.
His first three-pointer sparked an 11-3 surge that gave the Red Warriors a 67-57 advantage with under six minutes left.
In the final stretch Derige hit another trey before Mark Olayon completed a three-point play for a 77-63 lead.
Although the Warriors improved to 2-1 while keeping UST winless in two outings, coach Derrick Pumaren was not too pleased with how his wards played for the most part of the match.
"At the end we were impressive but for the most part of the game I wasn't really happy with the way we're playing," said Pumaren.
"Things that were supposed to do we're not doing. Offensively nagkakanya kanya. They were taking UST lightly akala nila kayang kaya. But we buckled down on defense and we started making outside shots and making stops."
Alvin Pasaol and Olayon added 15 and 13 points, respectively.
Steve Akomo had a double-double outing of 14 points and 14 rebounds on top of four blocks for the Tigers.
UE 80 - Derige 16, Pasaol 15, Olayon 13, Maloles 7, Abanto 6, Manalang 5, Green 5, Bartolome 4, Varilla 4, Conner 3, Cullar 2, Gagte 0, Acuno 0, Magbuhos 0, Armenion 0.
UST 67 - Akomo 14, Escalambre 10, Sta. Ana 8, De Guzman 7, Faundo 6, Lee 6, Lorenzana 4, Huang 3, Caunan 3, Garcia 2, Macasaet 2, Afoakwah 2, Garrido 0, Soriano 0.
Quarterscores: 13-15; 36-34; 56-49; 80-67.