The University of Perpetual Help System DALTA (UPHSD) Altas defeated the University of the Philippines, 73-61, in their debut game in the pre-season Filoil Flying V Cup held at the San Juan Arena on Wednesday.
The Altas, powered by Prinze Eze and Genmar Ylagan, immediately dominated the first quarter, 23-15.
Perpetual sustained its onslaught extending its lead over the Fighting Maroons to double digits, 40-30, going into the midgame intermission.
After the break, UPHSD employed tight defense limiting UP’s scoring to mere seven points in the half. The Altas established a 58-37 advantage over UP with just a quarter left in the match.
Despite outscoring the Altas, 24-15, in the final period, the faltering offense of the Fighting Maroons result in their defeat.
Gab Daganon finished with 15 points; eight rebounds and a steal while Eze added 13 markers, six boards and three blocks.
Ylagan and Bright Akhuetie notched 11 points each also for Perpetual.
Cameroonian center Lionel Tekaaoudjou led UP with 10 points and six boards while the duo of Jose Longa and Dave Moralde contributed eight points each.
Meanwhile, the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws also bagged their first win after trouncing the San Sebastian College Recoletos Golden Stags, 77-64.
The Tamaraws banked on a solid third quarter performance to deny the Stags any chance of recovery in the fourth quarter.
Monbert Arong led the Tamaraws with 16 points off a 67 percent shooting performance from the field plus five boards.
Guard Allen Trinidad scored 11 points for FEU including two three-point shots while Kevin Ebona and big man Steve Holmqvist posted five and 11 points, respectively.
Forward Michael Calisaan led San Sebastian College with 13 points and eight boards while his teammate Ryan Costelo contributed 15 points.
In the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) side of the tourney, Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) and Arellano University (AU) also won against their respective opponents.
The LPU Pirates beat the Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT) Cardinals, 91-82, behind Wilson Baltazar’s 17 points.
The AU Chiefs, meanwhile, thumped the Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) Generals 79-72 in the second game.