CEBU CITY — Defending champion La Salle leaned on their reserves to pull away late and beat University of the Visayas, 74-64, on Friday in the 2014 Philippine Collegiate Champions League Elite Eight at the Cebu Coliseum.
Cameroon’s Ben Mbala had 19 points while Jeron Teng added 10 markers, but the two were rested in the fourth, giving Robert Bolick, Abu Tratter and Larry Muyang the chance to shine and help the Archers notch their second win in as many games.
After going up, 39-32, at halftime, the Archers stepped off the gas pedal and the Lancers took advantage, with John Abad making a triple and Jun Manzo scoring back-to-back layups to pull them to 51-52, heading to the final frame.
But the Archers were never really in trouble, starting the fourth with two free throws each from Thomas Torres and Larry Muyang.
Bolick then sparked a 14-2 blast with a drive and a triple before Daryl Pascual and Tratter got in on the scoring act, making a three-pointer and a slam dunk, respectively to erect a 71-54 lead, four minutes to go.
Bolick wound up with nine, seven coming in the last period while Muyang and Tratter added seven and six points, respectively.
The Lancers got 16 from Alfred Codilla while John Abad pitched in 15 points.