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Payawal, Villegas power UE past UST to snap 3-game skid

Martin Mendoza
Payawal, Villegas power UE past UST to snap 3-game skid

BACK WINNING. Luis Villegas and the UE Red Warriors snap their skid.


CJ Payawal and Luis Villegas show the way as the UE Red Warriors return to the win column with a 30-point rout of the UST Growling Tigers

MANILA, Philippines – The UE Red Warriors arrested their three-game slide in the UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament with an 81-51 wire-to-wire win over the UST Growling Tigers at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Wednesday, November 2.

CJ Payawal delivered the goods for UE in the lopsided affair as he racked up 17 points on a sizzling 5-of-9 clip from three-point land, along with 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

Luis Villegas also came up big for the Red Warriors, scoring 16 points on an efficient 6-of-8 shooting as they returned to the win column and improved their record to 4-5.

Coming off a 75-68 defeat at the hands of the streaking FEU Tamaraws last Sunday, the Red Warriors wasted little time in venting their ire on the Growling Tigers as they quickly built a 13-point advantage late in the opening period, 25-12.

Despite losing one of its top scorers Nikko Paranada, who already had 6 points in the first 3 minutes of the ball game, due to a right shoulder injury, UE continued to wax hot on all cylinders and outscored UST, 20-9, in the second frame for a comfortable 45-23 halftime cushion.

Thanks to Payawal’s red-hot shooting in the second half, the Red Warriors never looked back and even extended their lead to a whopping 34 points, 81-47, off a triple by Harvey Pagsanjan with under a minute left to play.

Foreign student-athlete Adama Faye delivered a monster double-double of 23 points and 18 rebounds for the league-worst Growling Tigers, who slipped further to 1-7 in the standings.

Meanwhile, UE’s stifling defense held high-scoring forward Nic Cabañero to just 7 points on an abysmal 2-of-15 shooting in the loss.

UE goes for its second straight victory when it takes on the league-leading UP Fighting Maroons on Saturday, November 5 at 11 am, while UST hopes to snap its seven-game skid when it collides with the Adamson Soaring Falcons that same day at 1 pm. 

The Scores

UE 81 – Payawal 17, Villegas 16, Tulabut 8, Sawat 6, Antiporda 6, N. Paranada 6, Remogat 5, K. Paranada 4, Stevens 4, Pagsanjan 3, Beltran 3, Guevarra 3, Abatayo 0, Langit 0.

UST 51 – Faye 23, Pangilinan 8, Cabanero 7, Manalang 4, Manaytay 4, Escobido 2, Lazarte 2, Valentin 1, Calimag 0, Garing 0, Gesalem 0, Duremdes 0.

Quarters: 25-14, 45-23, 60-36, 81-51.

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