IN PHOTOS: UP vs La Salle – UAAP Season 82, 2nd round

 

 

ANTIPOLO, Philippines – University of the Philippines snared the No. 2 seed in the UAAP Season 82 men's basketball tournament with a 71-68 escape of La Salle on Sunday, October 27 at Ynares Center here.

Kobe Paras delivered the go-ahead slam as Bright Akhuetie, Ricci Rivero and Jun Manzo also came through the crucial victory that secured the Maroons the semifinal bonus. (READ: UP eliminates La Salle, clinches Final Four twice-to-beat)

"How could we disappoint our community who came here in throngs, who have been supporting us all through the season?" said coach Bo Perasol as the Fighting Maroons improved to 9-4.

"I mentioned to the guys that you're not just fighting for our position but also fighting for our survival as well."

Check out some photos of the cardiac game:

 

 

CRUNCH TIME. UP stalwart Kobe Paras and La Salle standout Aljun Melecio go at in the final stretch. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

CRUNCH TIME. UP stalwart Kobe Paras and La Salle standout Aljun Melecio go at in the final stretch.

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

 

DOWN TO THE WIRE. Jamie Malonzo drops 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead La Salle, but Kobe Paras and the Maroons hold their ground in the dying seconds. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

DOWN TO THE WIRE. Jamie Malonzo drops 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead La Salle, but Kobe Paras and the Maroons hold their ground in the dying seconds.

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

 

FIGHTBACK. La Salle storms back from 16 points down to rattle UP, but Ricci Rivero helps the Maroons regain their bearings. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

FIGHTBACK. La Salle storms back from 16 points down to rattle UP, but Ricci Rivero helps the Maroons regain their bearings.

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

 

WHAT MATTERS. 'Although it went up and down, well we still got the win at the end of the day,' says Bright Akhuetie, who delivers yet again with 17 points and 10 boards. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

WHAT MATTERS. 'Although it went up and down, well we still got the win at the end of the day,' says Bright Akhuetie, who delivers yet again with 17 points and 10 boards.

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

 

PRIDE. 'Right now we should at least be given the chance to be proud of what we have done,' says UP coach Bo Perasol. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

PRIDE. 'Right now we should at least be given the chance to be proud of what we have done,' says UP coach Bo Perasol.

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

 

– Rappler.com