Andrei Caracut and Jeron Teng joined forces down the stretch to help error-prone De La Salle University pull-off a 71-64 win over University of the East (UE) on Sunday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 78 men’s basketball games at the Araneta Coliseum.
Teng delivered 11 of his 16 points in the first quarter in addition to his seven rebounds and the rookie Caracut posted 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter to pilot the Green Archers to back-to-back wins for a 3-2 win-loss record.
“UE really fought hard in this game. They didn’t give up despite we were holding a double-digit lead,” said La Salle coach Juno Sauler during a post game interview. “It is a hard win. But the players responded well to the challenge.”
Caracut scored a rare four-point play in the fourth quarter to keep their lead for good.
Larry Muyang tallied 11 points plus 11 rebounds and two blocks, while Tomas Torres had eight points also for La Salle.
La Salle committed 30 turnovers, including nine on Caracut and six on Teng, but still survived the game. UE only had 20 turnovers in the game.
Nick Abanto finished with 14 points and eight rebounds while Ronnie De Leon added 12 points for the Red Warriors, who absorbed their third straight loss.
UE is now holding a 2-4 win-loss record.
In the second game, Far Eastern University survived Adamson University, 64-60, to gain the solo leadership with a 5-1 card.
The Soaring Falcons remained winless in six games.
In the women’s division, National University (NU) routed University of the Philippines (UP), 80-44, to move closer in completing a first round sweep.
Gemma Miranda and reigning MVP Afril Bernardino combined for 25 points as the Lady Bulldogs cruised to their sixth straight victory and are 22-0 since last season.
In other matches, UE (3-3) continued its giant-killing ways by beating University of Santo Tomas (4-2), 75-65, in overtime, La Salle (5-1) downed Adamson (3-3), 75-57, to stay in second place, while Ateneo (2-4) nipped Far Eastern University (1-5), 48-46.
The league’s surprise package, the Lady Warriors held the Tigresses to a single point in the extra session to get back on the winning track.
Eunique Chan had 21 points and 13 rebounds, Ruthlaine Tacula added 17 points and six boards while Chery Ano-os had 13 points for UE.
Maica Cortes had 12 points and 11 rebounds for UST.