The University of the Philippines got just what it needed to bounce back in the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament, making quick work of rebuilding Arellano University, 78-69, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.
Reigning and defending MVP Bright Akhuetie didn't suit up this time around and Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan as well as Will Gozum and Jaydee Tungcab missed their second straight games, but that didn't matter as the Fighting Maroons drew contributions from returning Jun Manzo and newbies Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras to rise to an even 1-1 standing.
Manzo, who was sidelined during their loss to San Beda University two days ago, spearheaded the offensive with 19 points while prized transferees Rivero and Paras contributed 19 and 16 markers, respectively.
Those three keyed State U's strong start and had all the answers even as the Chiefs kept coming until the final buzzer.
For Arellano, Justin Arana, a transferee from UST, led the effort with 16 points. Ace guard Kent Salado, now healthy after an ACL injury, had 10 points to his name.
UP 78 -- Manzo 19, Rivero 19, Paras 16, Murell 8, Webb 5, Spencer 4, Gob 4, Prado 3, Longa 0, Gozum 0.
ARELLANO 69 -- Arana 16, Bayla 14, Alcoriza 14, Salado 10, Segura 6, Concepcion 4, Sablan 3, Santos 2, Espiritu 0, Gayosa 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 25-18, 38-35, 59-56, 78-69.
This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website.