UNIVERSITY of the Philippines clinched its second straight victory, beating Adamson, 70-66, on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 79 basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Fighting Maroons won again in impressive fashion, scoring back-to-back wins to improve their record to 3-6.
UP recovered from a slow start, outscoring Adamson, 21-9, in the second quarter to grab a 30-29 halftime lead. The Fighting Maroons maintained their lead, mainly by shooting 51 percent from the field.
Jett Manuel and Paul Desiderio had 16 points each while rookie Javi Gomez de Liano had 13 points, including seven in the fourth period.
The Fighting Maroons are now just a win behind Ateneo, National University, and Adamson.
“After our win against Ateneo, that is something that we want to give value to and that is to come out as winners again after that big win,” said UP coach Bo Perasol.
Papi Sarr had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Falcons, who slipped to 4-4 and joined National University in fourth place.
The Maroons extended their lead to 11 halfway through the fourth, 65-54, but saw it trimmed to four after a 7-0 Falcons run.
Manuel answered with a fallaway shot with 25.2 seconds left to post a 69-63 lead and seal the victory.
UP 70 — Manuel 16, Desiderio 16, Gomez De Liano 13, Moralde 5, Lim 4, Vito 4, Harris 4, Romero 4, Prado 2, Webb 2, Dario 0, Espanola 0, Jaboneta 0, Lao 0, Asilum 0, Longa 0.
Adamson 66 — Sarr 18, Manalang 10, Ochea 8, Paranada 8, Manganti 6, Ng 5, Espeleta 4, Pasturan 3, Mustre 2, Camacho 2, Ahanmisi 0, Bernardo 0.
Quarterscores: 9-20; 30-29; 50-44; 70-66.