|UP Fighting Maroons Team Captain Paul Desiderio led the Diliman squad with 19 points, eight boards, and four assists to exact revenge against the twice-to-beat Adamson Soaring Falcons and force a do-or-die game in the Final Four. Photo by Rick Johnsen dela Cruz|
By Franchesca Nicole Collantes
PASAY CITY — The UP Fighting Maroons forced another showdown as they beat the Adamson Soaring Falcons, 73-71, in Game 1 of their UAAP Final Four series Saturday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Juan Gomez de Liaño and Season's MVP Bright Akhuetie became UP's heroes as Gomez de Liano passed the ball to Akhuetie, who won it with a shot with 2.6 seconds left.
Paul Desiderio got 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Gomez de Liaño tallied 19 points, six boards and two steals that greatly helped in the Fighting Maroons' win.
Even Akhuetie finished only with six points, he also tallied 14 rebounds, two steals and two blocks that greatly helped for UP's defense.
Papi Sarr and Sean Manganti led the Falcons with 23 and 15 points respectively.
With that, UP will face Adamson again in a do-or-die game on Wednesday, 2 p.m., at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
UP 73 - Desiderio 19, Ju. Gomez de Liaño 19, Ja. Gomez de Liaño 9, Manzo 9, Akhuetie 6, Prado 4, Dario 3, Jaboneta 2, Vito 2, Gozum 0, Lim 0, Murrell 0, Tungcab 0
AdU 71 - Sarr 23, Manganti 15, Ahanmisi 9, Camacho 8, Lastimosa 7, Espeleta 5, V. Magbuhos 4, Bernardo 0, Catapusan 0, Mojica 0, Pingoy 0
Quarterscores: 17-16, 28-29, 54-43, 73-71
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