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Fighting Maroons crash Red Warriors in UAAP opener

By Sherlyn Paleg 

PASAY -- The UP Fighting Maroons opened the UAAP season with a bang as they dominate over the UE Red Warriors, 87-58, at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday.

Juan Gomez De Liano led the way with the help of Bright Akhuetie, Jun Manzo and Paul Desiderio.

As they entered the second half, Gomez De Liano and Desiderio found their momentum and finished the game with a 54-25 run.

Coach Bo Perasol now looks forward to their next game, an early grudge match against their neighbor, defending champion Ateneo.

"I know what we can do and we all know what Ateneo is about. We will prepare for them in the next couple of days. Let's just see what's going to happen," Perasol said. "They are the champions we need to have an A-game against them."

The Scores:

UP 87 - Juan Gomez de Liaño 16, Akhuetie 15, Manzo 13, Desiderio 12, Javi Gomez de Liaño 10, Vito 7, Murrell 6, Gozum 2, Lim 2, Prado 2, Tungcab 2

UE 58 - Pasaol 14, Antiporda 9, Beltran 8, Manalang 6, Varilla 6, Bartolome 4, Maloles 4, Cullar 3, Acuno 2, Conner 2

Quarterscores: 18-13, 33-33, 58-45, 87-58