De La Salle University gave University of the Philippines (UP) debuting interim head coach Rey Madrid a rude welcome after hacking out a come-from-behind 85-63 victory.
The Fighting Maroons held a slim 42-35 lead at halftime, but the Green Archers came back strong in the second half to outscore UP, 50-21, on the way to their six victories against four losses.
UP is still winless after nine games.
Freshman forward Jason Perkins shot 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, while guard Almond Vosotros racked up 16 points and center Nelbert Torres had 16 points and hauled down 14 rebounds for the Green Archers, who also drew 12 points from Jeron Teng.
“The team is becoming stronger as a unit,” said La Salle head coach Juno Sauler. “We shot better in the second half and UP missed the shots that they were making. I told them to play harder and do a good job defensively.”
Henry Asilum led the Fighting Maroons with 18 points.
JOSEF T. RAMOS