La Salle comes back to pound UP
La Salle comes back from an early deficit to beat UP.

NO, NO, NO. Van Opstal and the Archers blocked the upset bid of UP. Photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda.

MANILA, Philippines — De La Salle University battled back from a first-half deficit to crush University of the Philippines, 85-63, in the 76th UAAP men’s basketball tournament on Saturday, August 24 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Green Archers trailed by 7 at the half, but outscored the Fighting Maroons, 50-21, in the last 20 minutes to record their 6th win in 10 games.

Jason Perkins led La Salle with 19 points and 16 rebounds while Norbert Torres asserted his might with 16 markers and 14 boards.

“We just shot better in the second half,” said Archers coach Juno Sauler. “We worked harder, challenged their shots and continued what we’re doing on offense.”

Sophomore guard Henry Asilum paced the Diliman crew with 18 markers, 15 of them in the first half.

Meanwhile, UP continued its winless run with a 9th straight defeat. –