BON Batiller scored a game-high 23 points as University of the East won its second successive game, beating Adamson, 89-78, on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The rookie-transferee from General Santos City also dished out eight assists and had six steals in another all-around effort that mirrored his 23-point effort in the Warriors' win over reigning champion National University over the weekend.
UE improved to 2-1 (win-loss), but a a lackluster start that saw the Warriors trail 20-26, at the end of the first quarter was a source of frustration for head coach Derrick Pumaren.
“What I could not accept is making mistakes and losing our focus. Sometimes, there is a tendency to run away from the system defensively and offensively,” said Pumaren.
Paul Varilla added 14 points while Clark Derige added 12 ppoints and 10 rebounds for UE, which stepped on the gas in the middle quarters to built leads as many as 17 points .
Rookie JD Tungcab had 16 points while Nico Capote added 15 for the Falcons, who dropped to 0-3.
UE (89) — Batiller 23, P. Varila 14, Derige 12, Charcos 9, Yu 8, Javier 6, De Leon 6, Palma 6, Abanto 2, Gonzales 2, Manalang 1, Sta. Ana 0.
Adamson (78) — Tungcab 16, Capote 15, Nalos 14, Ng 11, Villanueva 8, Sarr 6, Ochea 4, Polican 2, Garcia 2, Escalambre 0, Bernardo 0.
Quarterscores: 20-26, 44-41, 63-57, 89-78.