ANTIPOLO CITY - Fighting Maroons claim win number three after surpassing UE's second half rally, 62-56, bringing them to solo second in the standings, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at the Ynares Center Antipolo.
Leading as much as 13 points by the end of the second quarter, the Maroons' lead was cut down to 1 with two minutes remaining in the game, 56-57.
An assist by Kobe Paras to Jaydee Tungcab for a trey, and a split from the charity line, kept the squad from Diliman alive.
Paras continued his excellent ball game with a 12-point, 10-rebound doubel double outing while reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player - Bright Akhuetie - cooked up 16 points with 5 rebounds, 3 dimes, 2 steals, and a block.
Alex Diakhite shined for the Red Warriors with 21 points, 17 rebounds, and 5 assists.
UP's next assignment is the DLSU Green Archers on Wednesday, September 5 at 4:00pm while UE squares off against the defending champions - Ateneo Blue Eagles - on Wednesday, September 25 at 12:30pm.
UP 62 - Akhuetie 16, Javi Gomez de Liano 15, Paras 12, Rivero 7, Tungcab 4, Juan Gomez de Liano 3, Manzo 3, Webb 2, Murrell 0, Prado 0, Spencer 0.
UE 56 - Diakhite 21, Abanto 9, Tolentino 8, Antiporda 6, Pagsanjan 6, Suerte 4, Cruz 2, Manalang 0, Mendoza 0, Natividad 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 23-15, 39-27, 46-42, 62-56.