ANDREI Caracut made 16 points as De La Salle claimed its second straight victory - a 71-64 win over University of the East on Sunday in the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Caracut scored 11 points in the final period and presided over the Green Archers' breakaway with a personal seven-point swing which he started with a rare four-point play.
The rookie out of San Beda's scoring run gave the Green Archers a 17-point lead at 58-41, which proved more than enough to cushion a comeback by the Red Warriors.
Jeron Teng had 11 of his game-high 16 points in the first quarter for the Green Archers, who improved to 3-2.
“It’s a hard win,” said La Salle coach Juno Sauler. “UE kept battling at the very last minutes even though we had a double digit lead. But it’s a great effort for the boys, not giving up and playing until the final seconds."
Larry Muyang was also a revelation for La Salle, finishing with 11 points and 11 rebounds for La Salle, which will play co-leader University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday.
Nick Abanto had 14 points while RR De Leon added 12 points for the Red Warriors, who only had two points from the team’s leading scorer Bon Batiller.
UE fell to 2-4.
La Salle (71) — Caracut 16, Teng 16, Muyang 11, Torres 8, Torralba 7, Perkins 6, Sargent 5, Nacarro 2, Rivero 0, Tratter 0.
UE (64) — Abanto 14, De Leon 12, Charcos 8, Varilla 7, Palma 5, Penuela 5, Javier 4, Derige 3, Batiller 2, Gagate 2, Yu 2, Manalang 0, Sta. Ana 0.
Quarterscores: 17-16, 32-26, 51-41, 71-64.