April 17, 2011

Pint-sized Gamboa big for UP Maroons

MANILA—A towering Nigerian debuted for the University of the Philippines, but it’s the diminutive Mike Gamboa who bailed out the Maroons past Letran, 65-63, yesterday in the 2011 FilOil-Flying V Hanes Preseason Premier Cup.

The 5-foot-6 Gamboa knocked in the game-winning triple from the left corner with just 33.1 seconds left as the Maroons picked up their first victory in the second of a three-game bill at the FilOil-Flying V Arena in San Juan.

Winless in last year’s UAAP campaign, the Maroons beefed up their frontline with Alinko Mbah, a 6-foot-7 Nigerian recruit who wound up a rebound-shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine boards.

University of the East also pulled off a thriller in the final match, completing a terrific comeback from 13 points down in the last four minutes for a 79-78 escape against Jose Rizal University.

Lucas Tagarda completed a three-point play with 7.8 ticks left to cap the Warriors’ 16-2 run from a 63-76 deficit.

Ken Acibar paced the Warriors with 22 points, while JM Noble and Chris Javier combined for 23 markers.

“JRU’s offense is very potent, but I told the team to just hang in there,” said new UE coach Jerry Codiñera.

Earlier, Allan Mangahas came through with an all-around game to lift Mapua to an 82-75 win over St. Benilde.

Mangahas collected 15 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and two steals to lead five players who finished in double figures for the Cardinals.

“I’m pleased with what I saw, especially in the last five minutes,” said new coach Ricky Dandan after the Maroons spoiled the Knights’ bid for a second straight victory.

The Senior scores:
Second Game
UP 65—Silungan 13, Gomez 12, Mbah 10, Maniego 8, Gamboa 6, Manuel 6, Romero 5, Juruena 3, Montecastro 2, Gingerich 0, Wong 0, Weirzba 0.
LETRAN 63—Racal 14, Alas K. 11, Belorio 10, Cortes 9, Cruz 6, Alas J. 6, Taplah 4, Espiritu 3, Mendoza 0, Pantin 0, Gabriel 0.
Quarters: 15-14, 38-31, 49-52, 65-63
Third Game
UE 79—Acibar 22, Noble 12, Javier 11, Zamar 9, Zosa 7, Tagarda 7, Kamguia 5, Duran 3, Casajeros 2, Santos 1, Sumido 0, Villarias 0, Enguio 0, Razon 0.
JRU 78—Almario 14, Villarias 14, Matute 11, Lopez 10, Kabigting 10, Apinan 8, Monserat 6, Montemayor 4, Mendoza 1, Paniamogan 0, Dizon 0, Carampil 0, Dela Paz 0, Gaco 0.
Quarters: 14-18, 31-40, 55-56, 79-78

Source: Inquirer.net


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