Junior Archers check slide, trounce UE

By Ricky Manliguis

SAN JUAN-- De La Salle Zobel halted its six-game losing skid in convincing fashion as it mangled University of the East, 81-59, in the first game of Saturday’s UAAP Season LXXIX junior’s basketball action at the FilOil-Flying V Centre Jan. 21.  

Shan Exequiel Vesagas pulled off his best performance so far, leading four others in double figures as the Junior Archers improved to a 3-7 win-loss record and get back to the groove after back-to-back second round losses over UST in overtime (77-83) and National University (52-63).  

The Taft-based boys led the first half, 36-29, but pulled away in the second half with a 25-15 third quarter for a 61-44 lead and never looked back since.

Vesagas came off the bench to produce a season-high 13 points while shooting 6-of-9 from the field. Starters Martin Romero, Roberto Mariano and Bryant Terrado all scored 12 points, while Raven Cortez chipped in 10.

The Junior Warriors fell deeper in the cellar with its ninth loss in ten outings. Sean Manaug led the way with 13 points and 16 rebounds, while Cruzette Gonzales had 12 and Dustin Angeles 11 along with four assists and five steals.

The Scores:

DLSZ 81—Vasagas 13, Romero 12, Mariano 12, Terrado 12, Cortez 10, Sobrevega 8, Vista 4, Laurente 4, Carlos 2, Chavez 2, Natividad 2, Diaz 0, Santos 0, Cosejo 0, Umali 0, Damiles 0.

UE 59—Manaug 13, Gonzales 12, Angeles 11, Vinte 8, Dulalia 8, Balundo 4, Encelan 2, Canton 1, Po 0, Acuesta 0, Palanas 0, Ramos 0, Cruz 0, Morelos 0.

Quarterscores :  21-15, 36-29, 61-44, 81-59.   

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