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HIGHLIGHTS: UP vs La Salle, UAAP Season 86 finals Game 3 – December 6

Delfin Dioquino

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HIGHLIGHTS: UP vs La Salle, UAAP Season 86 finals Game 3 – December 6


Led by runaway MVP winner Kevin Quiambao, the La Salle Green Archers win the last two games of the UAAP finals to capture their first championship since 2016

MANILA, Philippines – The La Salle Green Archers ended a seven-year title drought in UAAP men’s basketball following a 73-69 win over the UP Fighting Maroons to capture the Season 86 title at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, December 6.

Led by runaway MVP winner Kevin Quiambao, the Archers won the last two games of the best-of-three series to capture their first championship since 2016.

Quiambao finished with 24 points points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks while Evan Nelle netted 12 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals to lift La Salle to its 10th men’s basketball crown in league history.

The Archers got the job done despite being on the wrong end of the most lopsided loss in a finals opener in the Final Four era when they absorbed a 97-67 beating in Game 1.

La Salle bounced back with a resounding 82-60 win in Game 2 and completed the title romp in Game 3 as it dealt the Maroons their only back-to-back losses of the season.

With the defeat, UP fell short of its second championship in three seasons.

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Fourth quarter
  • FINAL: La Salle wins its first UAAP crown since 2016 with a 73-69 win over UP
  • LA SALLE 73-69: Kevin Quiambao ices the win with a pair of free throws
  • LA SALLE 71-69: Francis Lopez putback with 2.2 seconds left
  • LA SALLE 71-67: Kevin Quiambao makes it a two-possession game with 5.4 ticks remaining
  • LA SALLE 70-67: Kevin Quiambao calmly drains his free throws with four minutes left
  • LA SALLE 68-67: Kevin Quiambao with the high looper
  • UP 67-66: Evan Nelle sinks the long bomb
  • UP 67-63: Malick Diouf tips it in
  • UP 65-63: Kevin Quiambao from long distance
  • UP 65-60: Evan Nelle sinks his freebies
  • UP 65-58: Harold Alarcon with the nifty move on the way to the hoop
  • UP 63-58: CJ Austria 1/2 at the line
  • UP 63-57: Malick Diouf inside
  • UP 61-57: Mark Nonoy with the pull-up jumper
  • UP 61-55: CJ Cansino for three to open the fourth quarter
Third quarter
  • END OF 3Q: UP weather a La Salle storm and goes into the final salvo up 58-55
  • UP 58-55: Harold Alarcon putback
  • UP 56-55: Malick Diouf inside
  • LA SALLE 55-54: Evan Nelle with the floater
  • UP 54-53: The Maroons retake the lead off a Harold Alarcon layup
  • LA SALLE 53-52: Francis Lopez splits his free throws after a Mark Nonoy unsportsmanlike foul
  • LA SALLE 53-51: Malick Diouf gets the tough bucket to go
  • LA SALLE 53-49: Jonnel Policarpio finishes the fastbreak
  • LA SALLE 51-49: JD Cagulangan douses cold water on the Archers’ 10-0 run
  • LA SALLE 51-47: Jonnel Policarpio for three
  • LA SALLE 48-47: Evan Nelle with his first field goal
  • UP 47-46: Kevin Quiambao again, this time with the one-hander
  • UP 47-44: Kevin Quiambao from beyond the arc
  • UP 47-41: Aldous Torculas’ basket is good
  • UP 45-41: Francis Escandor banks in the tough layup
  • UP 45-39: JD Cagulangan with the first bucket of the second half
First half performers
  • Malick Diouf (UP) – 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals
  • Francis Lopez (UP) – 9 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks
  • JD Cagulangan (UP) 4 points, 4 assists
  • Kevin Quiambao (La Salle) – 9 points
  • Mark Nonoy (La Salle) – 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals
  • Michael Phillips (La Salle) – 5 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists
Second quarter
  • END OF 2Q: UP enters the break with a 43-39 lead
  • UP 43-39: Francis Lopez splits his freebies
  • UP 42-39: Malick Diouf 1/2 at the line
  • UP 41-39: Raven Cortez takes the free throws for Michael Phillips after a Reyland Torres unsportsmanlike foul
  • UP 41-38: Malick Diouf hook shot
  • UP 39-38: Mark Nonoy misses, but Michael Phillips is there for the putback dunk
  • UP 39-36: Mark Nonoy completes the fastbreak with a layup
  • UP 39-34: Kevin Quiambao with the perfect trip at the stripe
  • UP 39-32: Francis Lopez 2/2 at the line after an unsportsmanlike foul from Evan Nelle
  • UP 37-32: Mark Nonoy scores as referees call goaltending on a Francis Lopez block
  • UP 37-30: Michael Phillips two-handed jam
  • UP 37-28: JD Cagulangan floats it in
  • UP 35-28: Malick Diouf continues his second-quarter exploits
  • UP 33-28: Harold Alarcon answers with his own jump shot
  • UP 31-28: Mark Nonoy sinks the tough jumper
  • UP 31-26: Harold Alarcon gets the layup to go
  • UP 29-26: Malick Diouf again
  • UP 27-26: Kevin Quiambao lines it up from deep
  • UP 27-23: Malick Diouf short stab
  • UP 25-23: Janjan Felicilda regains the lead for the Maroons
  • 23-23: Kevin Quiambao 1/2 at the stripe
  • UP 23-22: CJ Cansino sinks the midrange jumper
First quarter
  • END OF 1Q: La Salle with a slim 22-21 lead after the opening quarter
  • LA SALLE 22-21: Michael Phillips splits his charity shots
  • 21-21: Aldous Torculas’ free throws are good
  • LA SALLE 21-19: Jonnel Policarpio wide open for the trifecta
  • UP 19-18: Janjan Felicilda with the fastbreak layup
  • LA SALLE 18-17: Malick Diouf short stab
  • LA SALLE 18-15: JC Macalalag for three
  • 15-15: Janjan Felicilda ties it up with a freebie
  • LA SALLE 15-14: JC Macalalag spins and scores
  • UP 14-13: Francis Lopez strong drive to the hope
  • LA SALLE 13-12: CJ Austria answers
  • UP 12-11: JD Cagulangan layup
  • LA SALLE 11-10: Gerry Abadiano with the quick bucket
  • LA SALLE 11-8: Joshua David corner trey
  • 8-8: Kevin Quiambao knots score with a triple
  • UP 8-5: Reyland Torres scores
  • UP 6-5: Evan Nelle drains a pair of free throws
  • UP 6-3: Francis Lopez with the one-handed slam
  • UP 4-3: Evan Nelle sinks a foul shot
  • UP 4-2: Francis Lopez ices his free throws after an unsportsmanlike foul from Joaqui Manuel
  • 2-2: Malick Diouf fakes and scores
  • LA SALLE 2-0: Francis Escandor opens the scoring
  • LA SALLE: Evan Nelle, Mark Nonoy, Francis Escandor, Michael Phillips, Joaqui Manuel
  • UP: JD Cagulangan, Gerry Abadiano, Malick Diouf, Harold Alarcon, Francis Lopez

UP and La Salle will go for all the marbles.

The Fighting Maroons and the Green Archers duke it out in a winner-take-all Game 3 as they vie for the UAAP Season 86 men’s basketball crown at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, December 6.

Battling for the fifth and final time this season, the two teams have yet to win consecutive games against each other.

UP won the first-round clash before La Salle bounced back in the second round, a victory that sparked a nine-game winning streak.

The Maroons then drew first blood in the best-of-three title series with a 30-point rout in Game 1, but the Archers returned the favor with a resounding 22-point triumph in Game 2.

Eyeing a second championship in three seasons, UP hopes to keep the trend of alternating wins, having not lost back-to-back games this year.

And their worst loss of the season should be enough to light a fire under the Maroons.

La Salle, meanwhile, aims to clinch successive wins just like the last time it got beaten by UP as it shoots for its first UAAP crown since 2016.

“Winning a championship is going to be hard. We’re playing against the top college team in the country right now,” said Archers head coach Topex Robinson.

“Come Game 3, obviously there is going to be a lot of work. We know UP is going to come out with guns blazing.”

Game time is 6 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.