Aljun Melecio stars anew as DLS-Zobel edges Ateneo to tighten grip on second spot
Aljun Melecio and the Junior Archers score their eighth win in 10 outings. Jerome Ascano

ALJUN Melecio scored 22 points and hauled down 11 rebounds, making clutch triples in the fourth quarter to lift De La Salle-Zobel to an 80-73 win over Ateneo on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 78 juniors basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Melecio hit back-to-back triples inside the last two minutes, giving the Junior Archers a 78-71 lead with 1:18 left, practically sealing the win.

Marco Sario added 13 points for the Junior Archers, who are in solo second with an 8-2 win-loss card, two games ahead of Ateneo (6-4).

Melecio’s timely hits came when the Blue Eaglets were trailing by just a point, 72-71. Melecio also chalked up five assists and three steals.

Shaun Ildefonso had 16 points, while Bryan Andrade had 14 markers for the Blue Eaglets, who were swept by the Junior Archers in their season series.


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