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    Diego Dario's late three-pointer leads red-hot UP Maroons past EAC Generals

    May 24, 2017
    Diego Dario hit the biggest basket of the game for the UP Maroons. Dante Peralta

    DIEGO Dario hit the game-winner as the University of the Philippines hacked out a 61-59 win over Emilio Aguinaldo College in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup on Wednesday. 

    Trailing by one, the Fighting Maroons went to the pint-sized Dario, who delivered by launching a three-pointer with eight ticks to go.

    Francis Munsayac missed a shot at a potential game-winning triple as time expired, allowing the Maroons to escape with a third successive victory.

    UP also sent the Generals crashing back to earth following a thrilling win over erstwhile unbeaten Adamson in their last outing. EAC fell to a 1-3 card. 

    Dario finished with 14 points, while Paul Desiderio topscored with 18 for the Maroons, who shook off a sluggish start to take command, 41-39, entering the final frame. 

    It was a back-and-forth contest from there, before Dario made the game's biggest basket.

    "It was a lucky shot by Diego. I think we closed the game really bad but Diego's shot bailed us out," said UP coach Bo Perasol. 

    Jerom Garcia and Munsayac paced EAC with 11 points apiece. 

    The scores:

    UP 61 – Desiderio 18, Dario 14, Gomez de Liano 9, Lim 6, Manzo 5, Vito 5, Quattara 4, Webb 1, Ricafort 0, Harris 0, Prado 0, Romero 0

    EAC 59 – Garcia 11, Munsayac 11, Onwubere 10, Laminou 8, Guzman 6, Bautista 5, Diego 4, Pascua 2, Gonzales 2, Mendoza J 0, Mendoza I 0, Tampoc 0, Corilla 0, Neri 0

    Quarterscores: 6-19, 24-29, 41-39, 61-59

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    Diego Dario hit the biggest basket of the game for the UP Maroons. Dante Peralta
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