MANILA, Philippines -- The University of Perpetual Help Altas snared a big fish in the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors with a 83-78 victory in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena.
The Altas, making no bones about their playing All-Filipino, relentlessly harassed and double-teamed the Red Warriors for the entire match. Their efforts saw them net 30 fastbreaks and six turnover points to UE’s paltry 12 markers for the entire game.
The Altas’ Juneric Baloria and Justine Alano set the tone at the start of the match by clamping down on UE’s one-two punch of Roi Sumang and Charles Mammie on the defensive end.
Sumang didn’t score a point until the 4:59 mark of the second period due to the tight guarding of Baloria while the 6-foot-2 Alano outscored the 6-foot-7 Mammie, 9-7, in the first half.
UE took a slim 36-34 lead heading into the half but the Altas quickly overhauled it and matched the Red Warriors basket for basket. Harold Arboleda hit a triple at the end of the third quarter buzzer for a 59-58 lead Perpetual Help would not relinquish.
The Altas posted a game-high nine-point lead, 82-73, with 55 seconds to play after a fastbreak layup by Alano. But UE had one last run in them as they cut the deficit down to four, 82-78, after two Sumang freethrows. Gabriel Daganon pulled down a crucial offensive rebound and added a free throw for the marginal point as UE committed a turnover at the end game.
The Altas’ third win put them atop the Group A standing ahead of idle Lyceum of the Philippines University (2-0) and La Salle (1-0).
In other Filoil matches, the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons survived a furious endgame rally by the College of Saint Benilde Blazers to fashion out a 76-69 win to even their Filoil record to 1-1.
The Fighting Maroons came out scorching hot and led by as much as 21 points after a basket by JR Gallanza right at the end of the first half buzzer, 41-20, behind the shooting of JR Gallarza and Dave Moralde.