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HIGHLIGHTS: UP vs La Salle, UAAP Season 86 finals Game 2 – December 3

Delfin Dioquino

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HIGHLIGHTS: UP vs La Salle, UAAP Season 86 finals Game 2 – December 3


Francis Escandor and Joshua David make it rain from deep as La Salle redeems itself from an embarrassing Game 1 loss to arrange a do-or-die clash with UP

MANILA, Philippines – La Salle rediscovered its shooting touch and dragged UP to a do-or-die clash in the UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball finals with a rousing 82-60 win at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, December 3.

Francis Escandor fired 14 points and Joshua David finished with 12 points as they combined for a sizzling 8-of-11 clip from deep to help the Green Archers redeem themselves after a back-breaking 97-67 blowout in Game 1.

Newly crowned MVP Kevin Quiambao supplied 9 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks for La Salle, which also got timely contributions from CJ Austria (11 points) and Michael Phillips (9 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 blocks).

Malick Diouf put up 11 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks for the Fighting Maroons, who absorbed their most lopsided loss of the season.

The winner-take-all Game 3 is on Wednesday, December 6, at the same venue.

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Fourth quarter
  • FINAL: La Salle drags UP to a winner-take-all clash with a resounding 82-60 win
  • LA SALLE 82-60: Francis Escandor sinks his fourth triple
  • LA SALLE 79-60: CJ Austria with another trey
  • LA SALLE 76-60: Francis Lopez goest coast to coast
  • LA SALLE 76-58: CJ Austria knocks down the trey
  • LA SALLE 73-58: CJ Cansino buries his freebies
  • LA SALLE 73-56: Evan Nelle with the cool jumper
  • LA SALLE 71-56: JD Cagulangan sinks the technical free throw
  • LA SALLE 71-55: Harold Alarcon with back-to-back hits
  • LA SALLE 71-53: Harold Alarcon scores
  • LA SALLE 71-51: JC Macalalag makes it a 20-point lead for the Archers
  • LA SALLE 69-51: Evan Nelle with his first field goal of the game
  • LA SALLE 67-51: JC Macalalag free throws
  • LA SALLE 65-51: JD Cagulangan 2/2 at the stripe
Third quarter
  • END OF 3Q: La Salle a quarter away from equalizing the finals as it leads 65-49
  • LA SALLE 65-49: Joshua David sinks the trey from the same spot
  • LA SALLE 62-49: CJ Cansino makes the first but makes the second free throw
  • LA SALLE 62-48: Joshua David from the corner for three
  • LA SALLE 59-48: Raven Cortez scores
  • LA SALLE 57-48: Malick Diouf splits his free throws
  • LA SALLE 57-47: Mark Nonoy for three
  • LA SALLE 54-47: Harold Alarcon answers
  • LA SALLE 54-45: Ben Phillips
  • LA SALLE 52-45: Francis Lopez three-point play
  • LA SALLE 52-42: Kevin Quiambao 2/2 at the stripe
  • LA SALLE 50-42: Michael Phillips and-one
  • LA SALLE 47-42: Gerry Abadiano banks in the jumper
  • LA SALLE 47-40: Pump fake turns into an Aldous Torculas short stab
  • LA SALLE 47-38: JC Macalalag corner trey
First half performers
  • Francis Escandor (La Salle) – 12 points, 4-of-5 3pt
  • Kevin Quiambao (La Salle) – 7 points, 5 rebounds
  • Michael Phillips (La Salle) – 6 points, 7 rebounds
  • Malick Diouf (UP) – 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks
  • CJ Cansino (UP) – 8 points, 2 rebounds
  • Francis Lopez (UP) – 4 points, 7 rebounds
Second quarter
  • END OF 2Q: La Salle leans on CJ Austria and Francis Escandor to seize a 44-38 lead
  • LA SALLE 44-38: Harold Alarcon beats the halftime buzzer with a looper
  • LA SALLE 44-36: CJ Cansino buries the Maroons’ first field of the second quarter off a jumper
  • LA SALLE 44-34: Francis Escandor dials up from deep to give the Archers a double-digit lead
  • LA SALLE 41-34: CJ Cansino 2/2 again at the line
  • LA SALE 41-32: CJ Austria with another and-one opportunity, sinks the bonus this time
  • LA SALLE 38-32: CJ Cansino ices his free throws
  • LA SALLE 38-30: CJ Austria short stab
  • LA SALLE 36-30: Janjan Felicilda splits his foul shots
  • LA SALLE 36-29: Kevin Quiambao layup
  • LA SALLE 34-29: Francis Lopez 1/2 with his freebies
  • LA SALLE 34-28: Francis Escandor back-to-back triples
  • LA SALLE 31-28: Francis Escandor regains the lead for the Archers with a trey
  • 28-28: Perfect trip for Michael Phillips at the stripe
  • UP 28-26: Gerry Abadiano misses the first free throw but makes the second
  • UP 27-26: Michael Phillips finds an opening for the two-handed jam
First quarter
  • END OF 1Q: UP grabs a 27-24 lead over La Salle as Malick Diouf scores 10 points
  • UP 27-24: Joshua David sinks his second trey
  • UP 27-21: Malick Diouf is unstoppable
  • UP 25-21: Joshua David from deep
  • UP 25-18: Janjan Felicilda 2/2 at the stripe
  • UP 23-18: CJ Cansino layup is good
  • UP 21-18: Kevin Quiambao banks it in plus the foul and makes the bonus
  • UP 21-15: Janjan Felicilda for three
  • UP 18-15: CJ Austria finds Raven Cortez inside
  • UP 18-13: Kevin Quiambao with the putback slam
  • UP 18-11: Aldous Torculas skies for the layup
  • UP 16-11: Raven Cortez puts it back
  • UP 16-9: Malick Diouf continues his scoring tear
  • UP 14-9: Mark Nonoy hits his free throws
  • UP 14-7: Malick Diouf again
  • UP 12-7: Francis Escandor long two
  • UP 12-5: Mark Nonoy and-one
  • UP 12-2: Malick Diouf with the easy deuce
  • UP 10-2: Malick Diouf offensive rebound and putback
  • UP 8-2: Francis Lopez splits his freebies
  • UP 7-2: Francis Lopez with the strong attack
  • UP 5-2: JD Cagulangan from deep
  • 2-2: Harold Alarcon ties it up
  • LA SALLE 2-0: Michael Phillips with the first bucket of the game
  • LA SALLE: Evan Nelle, Mark Nonoy, Michael Phillips, Jonnel Policarpio, Francis Escandor
  • UP: JD Cagulangan, Harold Alarcon, Malick Diouf, Reyland Torres, Francis Lopez
UAAP individual awards
  • Most Valuable Player: Kevin Quiambao (La Salle)
  • Mythical Five: Kevin Quiambao (La Salle), Rey Remogat (UE), Evan Nelle (La Salle), Malick Diouf (UP), L-Jay Gonzales (FEU)  
  • Rookie of the Year: Francis Lopez (UP)

Special awards

  • Acer of the Season: Kevin Quiambao (La Salle) 
  • PS Bankabale Player of the Season: Kevin Quiambao (La Salle) 
  • Hyundai Stargazer X Exceptional Player of the Season: Kevin Quiambao (La Salle) 

End or extend?

The UP Fighting Maroons look to close it out, while the the La Salle Green Archers aim to fight another day as they lock horns in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball finals at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, December 3.

Another win will propel UP to its second championship in three seasons, with the stacked Maroons building a dynasty.

With the way UP clobbered La Salle in its dominant Game 1 win, a sweep of the best-of-three affair is not improbable.

Harold Alarcon showed the way in the 97-67 rout with 21 points, while soon-to-be Rookie of the Year winner Francis Lopez churned out a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double.

There were other heroes, with JD Cagulangan and Gerry Abadiano adding 11 and 10 points, respectively, and five more scoring at least 5 points for the Maroons.

“Our mission is to get two wins. Now, we got the first win and we got one more win we need,” said Lopez.

But the Archers have proven they are capable of bouncing back.

After losing to UP in the first round, La Salle went on to win its next nine games, sweeping the second round and crushing NU in the Final Four to reach the championship round for the first time since 2017.

The Archers, though, need their stars to redeem themselves.

Runaway MVP winner Kevin Quiambao got limited to a season-low-tying 11 points in Game 1, while Evan Nelle and Mark Nonoy were contained to 8 and 5 points, respectively.

“We know what championship basketball is all about. We know what it takes. We just have to really be prepared,” said La Salle head coach Topex Robinson.

Game time is 4 pm. –

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.