MANILA, Philippines – The University of Perpetual Help-A Altas and the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons dispatched separate opponents last Sunday in the resumption of hostilities in the 10th Fr. Martin Collegiate Open at the Trinity University of Asia Gym.
Cameroonians Akhuetie Bright and Prince Eze fired 14 and 13 points, respectively, to power the Altas in an 80-59 rout of the Lyceum Philippines University-A Pirates.
The Altas picked up their second straight win in Group B.
Eze struck hard in the first period, scoring eight points to fire the Altas to a 23-13 edge. Justine Alano then joined hands with Bright in the second period as the Altas took a 41-25 lead at halftime.
Meanwhile, MIkee Reyes drilled in 25 points for the Rey Madrid-coached Maroons as they beat the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 61-55.
The win allowed UP to bounce back from their slim 74-76 setback against the Jose Rizal University Heavy bombers in their previous game.
Repeated attacks from Reyes in the last 44 seconds of the third quarter allowed the Maroons to take charge, 47-35, entering the final period.
UP now has a 2-2 record in Group B.
Commissioner Robert dela Rosa said the top four finishers in the two brackets will make it to the quarter-final round of the tournament.
In other games, Jeremiah Taladua scored 10 points for the LPU-B Pirates as they beat the Perpetual Help-B Altas, 57-40.
Candice Magdaluyo and Maica Cortes scored 14 points each for the UST Tigresses as they beat the FEU Lady Tamaraws, 67-56.