UNIVERSITY of the East handed De La Salle another heartbreaking loss as the Red Warriors pulled off a come-from-behind 85-83 win over the Green Archers on Saturday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Roi Sumang sparked a UE comeback while Ralf Olivares gave the Red Warriors the lead with five straight points within seconds which was enough to stun the Green Archers.
Sumang had 21 points including a triple and two free throws to tie the game even as Olivares hit two more foul shots and a go-ahead triple off a turnover after UE trailed by 10 points early in the fourth.
The huge baskets were enough as UE matched last year’s win output with a 3-3 win-loss record.
“The players have to really play above pressure, above injuries, above their egos,” UE coach Boycie Zamar said. “They have to be more mature this time.”
It was another sorry loss for the Green Archers, who were already up, 68-58, early in the fourth. La Salle, which dropped to 2-3, was coming off an overtime loss to Far Eastern University last week after bungling a 13-point lead in the final two minutes of the game.
La Salle was protecting a four-point lead after a triple by Thomas Torres, 81-77, with 1:12 left in the fourth.
Olivares hit two free throws with 46.8 seconds to play to cut the deficit, and got a break after UE forced a turnover. The Red Warriors took advantage as they ran a perfectly-executed inbound pass with Olivares burying a triple four seconds after.
La Salle missed its shot on the next possession, leading to Dan Alberto making two free throws for a three-point lead.
Luigi De La Paz hit a long shot for La Salle with 17.9 seconds but officials ruled it was only a two-pointer after a review showed he stepped on the line.
Olivares nearly became the goat as he split his two free throws, 85-83, but Torres missed a running shot.
The loss spoiled Almond Vosotros’ 26-point explosion for the Green Archers.
UE (85) – Sumang 21, Mammie 19, Javier 16, Alberto 9, Olivares 8, Noble 8, Santos 4, Sumido 0, Jumao-as 0, Hernandez 0, Galanza 0, Flores 0, Casajeros 0.
DLSU (83) – Vosotros 26, Teng 13, N. Torres 9, T. Torres 9, Van Opstal 8, De La Paz 8, Salem 6, Perkins 4, Tampus 0, Revilla 0, Montalbo 0.
Quarterscores: 18-18; 39-43; 58-64; 85-83.