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Agunanne, Quiambao show way as La Salle spoils UST’s Filoil debut


De La Salle University took out its frustrations from a loss to open the Filoil EcoOil 17th ECJ Preseason Cup and tamed debuting University of Santo Tomas, 68-61, on Friday in San Juan.

Henry Agunanne was a force down low with 12 points, 16 rebounds, and five blocks,.

Meanwhile, Kevin Quiambao stuffed the stat sheet once more with 13 markers, eight boards, four assists, and three steals to ensure the UAAP kings evened out their record to 1-1.

The Green Archers were still struggling to find their groove after a deflating loss University of the Philippines and were on the wrong end of a stellar 15-6 run by the Growling Tigers in the third quarter.

With the teams tied at 55-all inside the last nine minutes, however, Quiambao keyed a 13-6 push that let his side pull away for good.

Nic Cabañero, as always, led the way for UST with 14 points and seven rebounds, but they ran out of gas in the endgame.

Forthsky Padrigao and Kyle Paranada combined for 11 markers, eight boards, and six assists in their official debuts in black and gold.

San Beda University then stayed spotless after sinking Lyceum of the Philippines University with an early barrage en route to a 76-66 win.

The Red Lions fell victim to the Pirates’ 8-0 surge in the first five minutes before the entry of their reserves energized them to a 15-2 run and a 17-10 lead after the opening period.

Their advantage ballooned to as big as 24, 63-39, following a dominant 21-9 third quarter.

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San Beda’s bench totaled 45 points, led by RC Calimag with 10, as Jomel Puno pounded in a 15-marker, 10-rebound double-double.

The NCAA champions have now taken down archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran and then playoff foe LPU in two consecutive contests.

LPU’s debut in the tournament, co-presented by Bostik El Heneral and ABC Tile Adhesive and sponsored by Smart Sports, Strong Group Athletics, and Hanes, was fronted by John Barba (17 points) and Gyle Montano (15).

Conversely, Far Eastern University opened its Sean Chambers era with a 77-67 triumph over Adamson University.

Janrey Pasaol made his presence felt with 25 points, seven assists, and three rebounds, while backcourt partner Jorick Bautista turned in 13 markers, three dimes, and three boards of his own.

The Tamaraws charged right out the gate in their first game under the tutelage of the legendary Alaska import.

The Soaring Falcons absorbed their second straight defeat despite an 11-point showing from Jhon Calisay.

Meanwhile, University of Perpetual Help scored back-to-back wins, while also sending rejiggered Letran to 0-2 courtesy of a 77-69 decision.

Christian Pagaran was hot with 21 points on 61 percent shooting, flanked by Axl Manuel and Emmanuel Pizarro who had 14 and 10 markers, respectively.

The Altas suffocated the Knights’ new-look backcourt by forcing 21 turnovers they converted into 30 big points.

Arellano University also started strong in the preseason showcase, supported by Tela.com Athletics as the official outfitter and Molten as the official game ball, along with minor sponsors Reyes Barbecue, KFC, Brothers Burger, Wallem Philippines Shipping, Harbor Star Shipping Services, Akari, and KantiGo Sports, by fending off Jose Rizal University, 80-79.

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Troy Valencia was all over the court with 15 points, six steals, two rebounds, and two assists, while T-Mc Ongotan contributed 15 markers and six boards of his own.

Jonathan Medina topped the scoring column for the Heavy Bombers with 13 points, as they also dropped their second straight game, while Jimboy Estrada paced Letran with 18 markers.

The Filoil Preseason will be broadcast live on the Filoil EcoOil Sports Facebook page and YouTube channels, as well as on Smart Sports, Puso Pilipinas, and Smart Livestream.

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