University of the Philippines extends their win streak to five after routing Adamson University, 91-70, on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Malick Diouf established his career-high of 20 points on a 7-of-11 field goal percentage, along with eight rebounds, two assists, and five steals to steer UP to an 8-1 record and maintain their hold of the number one spot.
“I think ano pa rin, ‘yung start namin was not the start na gusto namin to start ‘yung game. We need to improve ‘yung defense namin. I think they made 45 points noong first half, kung hindi ako nagkakamali. So going towards sa ano, nagpo-progress ‘yung season, we need to work on that.” said UP head coach Goldwin Monteverde.
It was a tight a affair in the first half as UP was leading by just 5 at the halftime break, 50-45. The Maroons went on a 41-25 rampage in the second half to get the convincing win.
Carl Tamayo finished with 18 points and five rebounds, and was a +25. Zavier Lucero had 14 points and five rebounds while Terrence Fortea contributed 12 points on four triples, and five assists.
Despite exiting the game halfway through the final frame due to an ankle injury after landing on JD Cagulangan’s foot, Jerom Lastimosa carried the Soaring Falcons with 19 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
Vince Magbuhos contributed eight points, five rebounds, and four assists but had to leave the court because of an injury he sustained in the midst of a scramble with Diouf towards the end of the third quarter.
The Fighting Maroons are gunning for their sixth consecutive win when they face University of the East on Saturday’s first game of the quadruple header at the Araneta Coliseum. Meanwhile, the Soaring Falcons will try to recover and halt the surging Far Eastern University at 3PM.
UP 91 — Diouf 20, Tamayo 18, Lucero 14, Fortea 12, Alarcon 9, Cagulangan 8, Galinato 8, Spencer 1, Calimag 1, Gonzales 0, Abadiano 0, Ramos 0.
Adamson 70 — Lastimosa 19, Manzano 10, Sabandal 9, Douanga 8, V. Magbuhos 8, Yerro 7, Hanapi 5, Colonia 3, Barcelona 1, Flowers 0, Jaymalin 0, Torres 0, Barasi 0, Fuentebella 0, W. Magbuhos 0.
Quarter Scores: 28-25, 50-45, 69-57, 91-70.