JASON Perkins delivered the finishing kick for De La Salle University’s 88-86 victory against Ateneo De Manila University in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 men’s basketball tournament on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The power forward Perkins, who scattered 18 points and hauled down 10 rebounds, nailed an important jumper to give the Green Archers an 84-81 edge with only 34 ticks left and the Blue Eagles could not seize the advantage back.
Swingman Jeron Teng piled up a season-high 32 points on top of six rebounds to send La Salle in a three-way tie at the top spot with Far Eastern University (FEU) and Ateneo De Manila University with 6-2 win-loss log each.
Julian Sargent and Robert Bolick scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Green Archers.
Kiefer Ravena, who scored 22 points for the Blue Eagles, forced his way to score in the crucial stretch but was stopped by La Salle’s strong defense.
In the first game, FEU banked on Carl Bryan Cruz’s crucial baskets in overtime to score a 74-70 victory against National University (NU).
Cruz scored five of his nine points in the extra period as the Tamaraws improved to a 6-2 record.
He also sent the game to overtime with his jumper that knotted the score at 65-all.
Big man Mac Belo posted a career-high 23 and collected 10 rebounds, while Mike Tolomia piled up 18 points along with seven rebounds and five assists, and forward Roger Pogoy chipped in nine points for FEU.
The Bulldogs, who lost for the second straight game against the Tamaraws this season, has a 5-3 card.
NU’s Alfred Aroga scattered 17 points, while Gelo Alolino and Troy Rosario added 14 points each.