LA Salle advanced to the semifinals of the UAAP Season 80 3x3 men’s basketball tournament after topping Group A on Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.
The Green Archers defeated Ateneo, 10-9, and University of the East, 13-11. They lost to Adamson, 11-9, but still took first spot in the group with a 2-1 slate.
La Salle is composed of Aljun Melecio, Andrei Caracut, Justin Baltazar and Santi Santillan.
Also moving to the semifinals was UE, which defeated Ateneo, 19-17, following a buzzer-beating two by Philip Manalang.
The Red Warriors, who also have Alvin Pasaol, Mark Maloles and Jason Varilla, finished Group A at second with a 2-1 record.
National University topped Group B following a tie with Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines at the end of the eliminations with a 1-1 card.
The Bulldogs of JP Cauilan, Chami Diputado, Theo Flores, and Anthony Sistoza won over the Juan Gomez de Liano-led UP, 19-17, and lost to FEU, 22-20, but clinched the top spot after scoring the most points among the three teams, 39.
The Tamaraws secured second spot with a 22-20 win after Wendell Comboy hit a two-pointer in overtime. Comboy is playing with Richard Escoto, Kenneth Tuffin and Michael John Casino.
The Maroons’ lone win came at the expense of FEU, 10-7.