UNIVERSITY of the Philippines downed the Philippine Youth Team, 75-53, on Monday to reach the semifinals of the 19th Fr. Martin Summer Cup basketball tournament at the Trinity University of Asia gym in Quezon City.
The Ricky Dandan-coached Maroons finished Group A with five wins in seven games. Adamson Falcons topped the group with a 6-1 slate.
San Beda tied UP at 5-2 following back-to-back wins over Lyceum, 74-73, and PATTS College of Aeronautics, 84-49. But a higher quotient put the Maroons in the last four.
It was also a win for UP’s Andre Paras over the National Youth team’s Kobe in a battle of brothers, with father Benjie looking on.
The Maroons took charge right away, posting a 21-13 first quarter lead and never looking back.
Martin Pascual scored nine and Chris Ball had eight points for the Maroons, who will clash with the National University Bulldogs at 11 a.m. in Thursday’s semis match.
The Falcons will meet Perpetual Help at 12:30 p.m.
The Maroons held a 38-27 lead at halftime, and widened the gap to 52-35.
Pascual’s triple and Andre Paras’ drive in the last four minutes saw the Maroons gain a 25-point edge, 70-45.