JUN Manzo took charge for University of the Philippines as it scored two wins in a row in the 2019 Buddha's Light International Association Cup, blowing out Huaqiao University, 87-72, Wednesday in Kaohsiung.
The Cebuano captain waxed hot as he went 3-of-8 from downtown to fire 22 points, six assists, four rebounds, and two steals to stay unbeaten in the invitational tourney.
Kobe Paras contributed 15 points, four boards, three steals, one assist, and one block, as reigning UAAP MVP Bright Akhuetie registered a double-double with his 11 points, 18 rebounds, and two assists.
Javi Gomez de Liano got himself 11 points and two boards in the victory.
UP coach Bo Perasol, however, continued to miss the services of Ricci Rivero (ankle sprain) and Juan Gomez de Liano (back spasms).
The Fighting Maroons took hold of the game with a 23-point third quarter as it turned a tight 41-36 halftime affair to a 64-53 advantage, extending the lead to as much as 20, 83-63 with a bucket from JBoy Gob with 2:32 remaining.
UP now turns its attention to National Kaohsiung Normal University on Thursday.