Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times


Akhuetie, UP overcome Diakhite-powered UE to arrest skid

University of the Philippines edged out University of the East, 78-75, to halt its two-game losing skid, Saturday in the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament at SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Jun Manzo kickstarted the Fighting Maroons’ 27-8 barrage, as he went 3-of-7 from threes to notch a season-high 17 points, five assists, and three rebounds.

It wasn’t an easy win as UP lost grip of a 65-50 lead to start the fourth quarter. They then saw the deficit cut to just two, 69-67, with 3:52 remaining after JM Cruz split his freebies.

Kobe Paras doused that rally, first drilling a triple, then dishing out an assist to Javi Gomez de Liano to make it a 74-67 affair with 1:46 on the clock.

“We were able to bounce back,” said deputy coach Ricky Dandan, who stood at the helm for the still-suspended Bo Perasol.

“In the perfect basketball world, we would have wanted a more convincing one. But we’ll take this, of course, because we’ve come from back-to-back losses.”

UP remains in second place with its 6-3 record.

Bright Akhuetie posted 18 points and 14 rebounds despite an early knee injury scare. Meanwhile, Paras collected 14 points, six boards, and three assists for the Fighting Maroons.

Ricci Rivero and Javi Gomez de Liano also combined for 20 points and four steals.

Alex Diakhite carried UE in the losing effort with 28 points, 20 rebounds, and three blocks, despite turning the ball over 10 times. Rey Suerte got 17 points, seven boards, and six steals.

#ReadMore  Rain or Shine completes turnaround, sends Phoenix to 3rd straight setback

The Red Warriors sank to 3-7 in the standings.

UP looks to continue its momentum when it faces the UST Growling Tigers on Wednesday, October 16 at 4:00 pm. UE, on the other hand, looks to return to the win column on the same day, battling the DLSU Green Archers at 10:00 am.

The Scores:

UP 78 — Akhuetie 18, Manzo 17, Paras 14, Ja. Gomez de Liano 10, Rivero 10, Ju. Gomez de Liano 4, Mantilla 3, Tungcab 2, Gob 0, Prado 0, Webb 0.

UE 75 — Diakhite 28, Suerte 17, Manalang 10, Cruz 7, Conner 6, Antiporda 3, Pagsanjan 2, Tolentino 2, Abanto 0, Apacible 0, Mendoza 0.

Quarterscores: 27-10, 46-41, 65-50, 78-75.

Written By

You May Also Like


Playing shorthanded in the 2024 Pinoyliga Cup, University of the Philippines has decided to call on reinforcement. Andy Gemao suited up for the Fighting...


Beau Belga continued his solid play as Rain or Shine sent Terrafirma skidding once more, 116-104, to sustain its fiery surge in the PBA...


Kenneth Tuffin came through in dire straits to help Phoenix hold off Converge, 113-107, to halt their two-game slide in the PBA Season 48...


Mo Tautua’a was the unlikely hero San Miguel needed to escape the upset-hungry Terrafirma, 113-110, and remain unbeaten in the PBA Season 48 Philippine...


Javi Gomez de Liaño harbors no ill feelings toward Ginebra after beating the team that was supposed to be his first home in the...


Terrafirma stunned Barangay Ginebra, 91-85, to end its skid in the PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup, Sunday night at the SMART Araneta Coliseum. Kemark...


Rain or Shine came from behind and prolonged Blackwater’s skid, 110-103, to continue its surge in the PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup, Saturday. Andrei...


Meralco came from behind and frustrated Terrafirma, 86-83, to go .500 in the PBA Season 48 Philippine Cup Wednesday at the SMART Araneta Coliseum....