by Jason Mercene
Under their new head coach, the University of the Philippines still could not translate their first half rhythm up until the final buzzer as they were walloped by the De La Salle University, 85-63, in the UAAP Men’s Basketball on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Ahead by seven at halftime, it seems the debuting coach Rey Madrid finally found out the right formula to drive the squad for their first win until the Archers threw the knockout punch in the final salvo, outscoring the hapless Maroons, 24-7.
With only five games remaining in the elimination round, UP failed to break in the winning column as they dropped their record to 0-9.
Point guard Henry Asilum played his best game so far this season, waxing hot 18 points in a four out of five shooting in the rainbow territory while center Raul Soyud displayed efficiency in the court, pulling off double-double production with 11 points and 16 rebounds on a losing effort.
“Sa ngayon medyo magulo pa kasi lahat sanay kay Coach Ricky [Dandan] tapos gusto ‘yung sistema niya. Ngayon s’yempre ang laki ng ina-adjust namin,” said Soyud, who was fouled out late in the fourth.
The rejuvenated Asilum fired off back-to-back treys midway in the second quarter as UP dropped a 14-4 blast before forward Martin Pascual nailed a buzzer beating triple in the corner that made the UP faithful up on their feet.
It was a different story come second half as the Maroons struggled on the field while the Archers found their range in the perimeter and muscled their way to the paint, causing foul trouble for UP.
A Kyles Lao putback gave a 56-54 lead for the Maroons that served to be their last stand for their upset bid against the Archers.
“Minimum changes, maximum retention when it comes to system, when it comes to plays, when it comes to adjustments, that’s my direction right now,” said Madrid, who is back in UAAP action after his coaching stint in 1989 to 1993 in UP.
DLSU’s Jason Perkins and Norbert Torres dominated the paint with a combined monster figure of 35 markers and 30 caroms while Almond Vosotros gathered 16 points and seven assists.
UP’s next game is against Adamson University next Saturday, August 31 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
DLSU 85 – Perkins 19, Vosotros 16, Torres 16, Teng 12, Van Opstal 7, Revilla 6, Montalbo 5, Tampus 4
UP 63 – Asilum 18, Soyud 11, Marata 11, Wong 6, Lao 6, Harris 4, Desiderio 4, Pascual 3
Quarter scores: 23-20, 35-42, 61-56, 85-63