CHARLES Mammie had 22 points and 10 rebounds to pace University of the East to an important 64-55 win over National University on Sunday in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The Red Warriors scored their sixth win in 11 outings and kept their Final Four hopes alive as they moved to within one game of the fourth-running Bulldogs (7-4).
UE won without Roi Sumang, who didn’t play due to a disciplinary action by the team.
“We want to stay alive,” said UE coach Derrick Pumaren. “This game is every important for us. We were fighting for our lives. The boys really played well.”
The Bulldogs lipped behind second-running La Salle and Ateneo, who won in their games this weekend and hold 8-3 win-loss cards.
Mammie had 14 points in the second half to lift the Red Warriors after a low-scoring first half that saw them lead, 19-15, at the turn.
The Red Warriors began the third quarter with a 7-2 start to pull ahead, 26-17. Back-to-back baskets by Mammie gave UE a 33-23 advantage.
NU was able to cut the deficit, 40-41, but UE answered with a 16-6 run to clinch the victory for the Red Warriors.
Gelo Alolino and Troy Rosario had 13 and 12 points each for the NU Bulldogs.
UE (64) – Mammie 22, Varilla 8, Javier 8, Jumao-as 8, Galanza 5, Alberto 4, De Leon 3, Guiang 2, Olayon 2, Charcos 2, Arafat 0, Palma 0.
NU (55) – Alolino 13, Rosario 12, Javelona 9, Khobuntin 6, Neypes 5, Betayene 5, Aroga 3, Diputado 2, Alejandro 0, Celda 0, Perez 0.
Quarterscores: 8-11; 19-15; 37-29; 64-55.