LA Salle Greenhills put on a shooting clinic in the payoff period and stunned National University, 97-92, on Monday at the Buddhacare gym in Quezon City to arrange a title clash with Mapua in the 10thFreego Cup.
With John Natividad, Nikki Perez and JD Cagulangan showing the way, the Greenies erupted for 31 points to wipe out a nine-point third quarter deficit.
While La Salle needed a big fourth quarter explosion, the Red Robins advanced to the final with no sweat after Jose Rizal University forfeited its game due to injuries to key players.
The one-game title clash is set on Thursday.
Natividad topscored for the Greenies with 18 points, going 2 for 2 from the 3-point line, while Perez added 15 points.
Also impressive were JD Cagulangan and Macoy Marcos who delivered 12 points and combined for seven boards and six assists.
Rhyyan Amsali had 22 points and 10 boards for the Bullpups, who controlled the first three quarters only to lose steam in the fourth period in the face of La Salle’s red-hot shooting.
Mapua clinched the top semis spot after finishing the elims with a 7-1 card.
Out to lead the Red Robins are Brian Lacap and Clint Escamis with the latter posting a double-double of 23 points and 11 boards in the team’s 86-80 win over NU last week in the tournament backed by Smart, Powerhouse and Home Depot.