MANILA, Philippines – Streaking La Salle leaned on a big third quarter run to pull away to a 96-86 win over Mapua and grab a share of the Group B lead in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup yesterday at the Arena.
The Green Archers used a 21-6 run to close the third period and set the tone for their fifth straight win and 5-1 overall. DLSU tied idle CEU in the lead while bolstering its quarterfinal drive.
Prince Rivero banged in 22 points and hauled down 13 rebounds while Thomas Torres added 21 markers with five assists and Jeron Teng and Andre Caracut chipped in 14 and 11 points, respectively, to lead DLSU to victory.
University of Santo Tomas squandered a 59-48 lead but recovered in time to beat Lyceum of the Philippines U, 72-66, and improve to 3-3.
Ed Daquioag fired 16 points, spiked by a clutch trey and free throws that helped UST quash the Pirates’ fightback. Kent Lao backstopped him with 15 markers, including four triples, and Christian Kakonda pulled down 12 rebounds.
Guy Mbida led the way for the Pirates (1-5) with 21 points.
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Cebu champion Southwestern U, meanwhile, barged into the win column after a 0-2 start, clobbering an undermanned University of the Philippines, 73-60. The Maroons fell to 1-6.
Rookie big man Boko Mupungu had a monster game of 22 points and 18 rebounds for the Cobras, who led from start to finish.
College of St Benilde broke away in the penultimate period en route to a 79-68 victory over Adamson. The Blazers improved to 3-3 while the Falcons slipped to 1-5.
Meanwhile, Filoil organizers and officials said they’re extending assistance to the family of Jose Rizal U’s high school player CJ Servillon, who died Sunday night after collapsing two days before.
“Hindi namin sila pababayaan. We are in grief with them,” Filoil vice president Mandy Ochoa said in a press conference, where they also refuted accusations of negligence.
Ochoa and tournament consultant Virgil Villavicencio said they visited the wake Monday and gave financial assistance. They didn’t disclose the amount.
Organizers reiterated that their medical team is well-equipped and gave Servillon “quick medical help.” They said Servillon was at the hospital “within 10 minutes.”
The family of Servillon is said to be contemplating legal action.