ALJUN Melecio overcame offensive struggles as De La Salle-Zobel scored its second straight win, downing UP Integrated School, 72-61, on Tuesday in the UAAP Season 78 juniors basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena.
Melecio, who scored 42 points in the Junior Archers’ 84-72 season-opening win against the Blue Eaglets, had 26 points on 9-of-25 shooting.
He delivered an impressive all-around game with seven assists, six rebounds and five steals in 32 minutes of play.
Defending champion Ateneo, behind Jolo Mendoza’s 34 points, entered the win column with an 85-66 rout of Far Eastern University-Diliman, while Adamson University also improved to 1-1 by overwhelming University of the East, 83-52.
Bryan Andrade and Romulo Berjay also delivered for Ateneo with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Kenji Roman had 17 points and eight boards while James Bieren and JJ Sapinit tossed in 13 markers apiece for the Baby Tamaraws, who tied the Eaglets and Baby Falcons at 1-1.
Jose Antiporda led Adamson with 12 points and seven boards while Jerry Abadiano also scored 12 points while Ralf Chua added 10 points and six assists.