FURTHER proving it will be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming UAAP basketball season, University of the East stunned De La Salle, 60-53, to deal its fancied opponent its first defeat in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup on Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.
Roi Sumang underscored his status as the Warriors’ top dog, getting involved in all but one of their last five plays that proved enough for the victory, their sixth in eight games.
The Archers, already assured of a quarterfinal slot, had their five-game winning streak snapped.
“Yung winning habits, ang hirap gawin nun eh because basketball is a habit. And yung losing loses your confidence,” said Warriors coach Boycie Zamar, whose team finished the last UAAP season just a step above the cellar. “Now, I think they’re back on their feet, ready to fight again just like a real Warrior. And I think they should be called the ‘new’ UE Red Warriors.”
“It’s not only Roi. He knows his role,” Zamar added. “It’s about delegation. Roi delegates, which means he trusts everybody.”
After assisting on a Jay-ar Sumido triple and a Chris Javier layup off a pick-and-roll play, the fearless Sumang buried two crucial mid-range jumpers to put the game beyond doubt.
“Although it’s the preseason, sa amin kasi malaking bagay na ito,” said Zamar. “We have everything to gain, nothing to lose.”
Charles Mammie, the Warriors’ import from Sierra Leone, tallied a game-high 13 points and was a rebound away from a double-double, while Sumang finished with 12 points, six rebounds, and four assists.
Jeron Teng was a non-factor for the Archers, scoring just eight points and committing two turnovers in the endgame that hastened their downfall.
UE 60 – Mammie 13, Sumang 12, Sumido 9, Olivarez 8, Javier 7, Noble 4, Hernandez 2, Santos 2, Alberto 2, Flores 1, Pujante 0, Guion 0, Casajeros 0, Jumao-as 0
DLSU 53 – N. Torres 12, Teng 8, Reyes 8, Van Opstal 7, T. Torres 5, Dela Paz 5, Perkins 3, Bolick 3, Tampus 2, Vosotros 0, Montalbo 0, Paredes 0
Quarterscores: 16-20; 28-31; 41-41; 60-53.