DE LA Salle foiled University of the Philippines’ upset bid, pulling off an 85-63 win on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, their third straight in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball competitions.
The Green Archers went on a 14-0 run bridging the third and fourth periods and never looked back, spoiling the debut of new Maroons coach Rey Madrid.
La Salle won after UP shot 47 percent from the field when it led, 42-35, at the half.
“We shot better in the second half, and UP missed the shots that they were making,” said La Salle coach Juno Sauler. “I told them to play harder and do a good job defensively.”
The Taft-based cagers improved their win-loss mark to 6-4 and are only one-and-a-half games behind leader Far Eastern University.
Jason Perkins had 19 points and 16 rebounds, while Almond Vosotros added 16 points and seven assists. Norbert Torres finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
UP slumped to a 0-9 win-loss slate despite a change at the top, with Madrid taking over the head coaching duties from Ricky Dandan.
The Maroons were off to a good start, taking a seven-point lead at the half.
They Maroons were still ahead, 56-54, near the end of the third but the Green Archers took charge, the lead for good, scoring the final seven points of the quarter beginning with a three-point play by Arnold Van Opstal to enter the fourth with a 61-56 lead.
Perkins converted a three-point play to start La Salle’s 9-0 start to the fourth for a 68-56 advantage.
DLSU (85) – Perkins 19, Vosotros 16, N. Torres 16, Teng 12, Van Opstal 7, Revilla 6, Montalbo 5, Tampus 4, T. Torres 0, Salem 0.
UP (63) – Asilum 18, Soyud 11, Marata 11, Wong 6, Lao 6, Harris 4, Desiderio 4, Pascual 3, Suarez 0, Paras 0, Gingerich 0, Gallarza 0, Amar 0.
Quarterscores: 23-20; 35-42; 61-56; 85-63.