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UAAP: Carl Tamayo, UP frustrate La Salle anew in comeback win

Karl Tamayo of UP against Michael Phillips of La Salle. Inquiry Photo/Tristan Tamayo

MANILA, Philippines — Carl Tamayo calmly buried two game-cleaning free throws in the final seconds as the University of the Philippines opened its title-retention bid in the UAAP season with a 72-69 win over La Salle on Saturday night. 85 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Tamayo’s freebies with four ticks completed the Fighting Maroons climb with a hole that commemorates his Green Archer victory in last season’s Final Four.

Ivan Neale has a narrow window of opportunity to turn the tide, but the slippery guard stumbled over the arc between a phalanx of UP’s defenders and failed to launch a desperation three.

Neale first pulled off the archers with a three within one and placed Tamayo on the charity bar on the ensuing play.

Tamayo had 18 points and 19 rebounds, while Terence Fortia added 15 points for the UAAP defending champions, who were behind double-digits at one point in the second half.

“I think we have to be more organized in our successful games. This is our first game, but there is no reason for us to play in such a situation,” said UP head coach Goldwyn Monteverde.

WATCH: Carl Tamayo seals UP’s first win of the season as Ivan Neale turns the ball over, failing to attempt a potential game-tying triple. #UAAPSeason85 | via Lance Agcaoli, Inquirer Sports

Posted by Inquirer Sports on Saturday, October 1, 2022

Malik Diouf was also instrumental in securing the victory for the Maroons, his pair of putbacks and consistent defensive stops around the rim helped Maroon to erase the deficit halfway through the fourth.

Alex Winston led the archers with 27 points, while Neale failed to live up to his estimate that the archers were the team to beat this season by contributing nine points.

Score

UP 72 – Tamayo 18, Fortia 15, Diof 9, Spencer 8, Lucero 7, Gonzales 7, Alarcon 5, Ramos 3, Abadiano 0, Gallinato 0, Torculas 0, Eusebio 0, Lina 0, Calimag 0.

La Salle 69 – Winston 27, Neale 9, M. Phillips 8, Nonoy 8, Quambao 5, Austria 4, Manuel 4, Navankov 2, McLaugh 2, B. Phillips 0.

Quarters: 16-17, 34-42, 50-54, 72-69.

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