Perkins plays big as La Salle downs UE in OT
La Salle beats UE in overtime to move to 2nd place.

HEFTY HERO. Perkins led the Archers when they needed him. Photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda. 

MANILA, Philippines — De La Salle University moved on the cusp of clinching a playoff berth after dealing University of the East a 75-65 overtime loss in the 76th UAAP men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday, September 4 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. 

The Green Archers trailed for most of the game before Jason Perkins gave them the lead for the first time with a tough jumper with 13.9 seconds left in regulation.

Norbert Torres then inexplicably fouled Roi Sumang while the latter was bringing the ball up, but fortunately for the Taft-based squad, Sumang made just one of two free-throws with 4.7 ticks remaining to force overtime.

Almond Vosotros and Perkins sank a 3-pointer apiece in an 10-3 run in the first 3 minutes of the extra period that gave La Salle a 64-59 lead that they would not give up in scoring its 5th straight win.

Perkins led his team with 22 points, 9 rebounds and two blocks while Vosotros provided the firepower early in the game and finished with 16 points and 5 boards. 

The Archers are now tied with idle Far Eastern University at second place with an 8-4 record.

On the other hand, the Red Warriors could not take advantage of the surprise return of Charles Mammie in slipping to their 3rd consecutive defeat and a 5-6 card. –

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