Kobe Paras erupts for 37 in UP’s Taiwan title sweep

JR Isaga
Kobe Paras erupts for 37 in UP’s Taiwan title sweep
The UP Maroons' UAAP buildup goes in full swing with Kobe Paras at the helm


MANILA, Philippines – The UP Fighting Maroons’ preparations for the UAAP Season 82 are now in full swing as they swept the Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) Cup with a 97-93 finals squeaker against Chien Hsin University of Science and Technology (CHUST) Kaohsiung Arena, Taiwan on Sunday, July 21.

Highly touted recruit Kobe Paras towed UP to the win with a staggering 37 points, highlighted by pull-up threes and huge dunks. 

Off an 83-all deadlock at the 3:29 mark of the 4th, reigning UAAP MVP Bright Akhuetie and Paras sparked a massive 11-0 run, 94-83, capped with a Paras jam with 1:28 left.

CHUST would answer with a 10-3 attack of its own, but Paras’ clutch free throws off duty fouls sealed the deal and the championship for the Maroons.

UP also defeated National Taiwan Sports University (76-61), Huaquiao University (87-72), and National Kaohsiung Normal University (97-67) in the group stages before surviving Vanguard University, 84-77, in the semis of the eight-team meet. – Rappler.com


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