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UAAP: UP banks on hot start to hold off UE for 2-0 start

CJ Cansino points to Lebron Lopez after teaming up for a layup. Dennis Acosta
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY—University of the Philippines rode on a furious first quarter to take down University of the East, 84-69, in their UAAP men's basketball clash on Wednesday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The Fighting Maroons pulled away early on and held a 32-9 lead against the Red Warriors at the end of the first quarter.

However, UE slowly chipped the lead away and eventually came to within 13, 62-49, at the end of the third quarter.

UP eventually held on as they matched UE's offense in the fourth quarter.

Malick Diouf led the Fighting Maroons, now 2-0 in the standings, with 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting, 16 rebounds, two assists, three blocks, and two steals.

CJ Cansino added 17 points, four rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

Rey Remogat led the Red Warriors, who fell to 1-1, with 13 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and one steal, while Precious Momowei added 12 points, 22 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal.

The Scores:

UP 84 - Diouf 19, Cansino 17, Lopez 9, Torculas 8, Alarcon 8, Abadiano 6, Cagulangan 5, Torres 5, Briones 3, Belmonte 2, Alter 2, Felicilda 0, Pablo 0, Gonzales 0, Gagate 0. 

UE 69 - Momowei 12, Remogat 11, Sawat 10, Gilbuena 9, Fikes 8, Galang 6, Cruz-Dumont 5, Lingolingo 3, Tulabut 2, Spandonis 2, Langit 1, Manalang 0, Maglupay 0, Wilson 0. 

Quarterscores: 32-9, 49-28, 62-49, 84-69.

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