Archers and Bulldogs top group play, Tams and Warriors also advance to UAAP 3x3 semis
Aljun Melecio and the Archers go 2-1 in the preliminaries. Marlo Cueto

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.


Follow the writer on Twitter: @reubensports