Reminiscent of their loss to the Adamson Soaring Falcons last Sunday, the UP Fighting Maroons once again falter in the 3rd quarter and loses by double digits (89-71) in Sept 10’s game, this time against the tournament favourite: the De La Salle Green Archers.
The Green Archers dominated the Fighting Maroons right from the start, securing a 12-pt lead after just the first quarter. The Green Archers were led by Center, Ben Mbala, who scored 30 pts on 12/15 (80%) shooting. Mbala also registered 14 rebounds, two blocks, and three crowd-silencing dunks.
Before the Maroons broke down in the 3rd, they were able to cut the lead to 6 pts in the first few minutes of the quarter. Mbala, however, held the Green Archers’ “Mayhem defense”, causing the UP Maroons to only score 2 pts in over 6 minutes.
Consistent Fighting Maroons cager, Paul Desiderio, scored 21 pts, and grabbed 7 rebounds for the team. While Team Captain, Jett Manuel, contributed 13 pts.
UP’s next game is against the UST Growling Tigers on Sept 17, 2:00 PM, at Araneta Coliseum. Watch it live at ABS-CBN Sports + Action.
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