MANILA, Philippines-La Salle didn’t have much to show in her tumultuous campaign before the 12-day Fiba break until she got two back-to-back wins to stay in contention for the UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament Final Four.
With their backs to the wall, the Green Archers leaned on Gilas Pilipinas player Kevin Quiambao, who also helped his team land a few key wins.
The archers took revenge against their first-round crushers University of the Philippines and Adamson, as the versatile Quiambao put up solid numbers in two escape actions for survival and kicked in at the peak of what was a crazy half-race at 5-6. He tied with Adamson for the number 4 spot entering the ranch.
Against champion UP on Sunday, Quiambao led the way with an almost double-double of 18 points and 9 rebounds, and the Green Archers took a slim 82-80 win for sweet revenge after a 72-69 first-round loss.
The 1.8-metre forward scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, including game-sealing free throws, at the expense of the fiery and undisputed #1 UP, La Salle’s biggest win so far this season.
Quiambao, 21, scored eight points in a good 4-v7 clip along with four rebounds and a block in La Salle’s staggering 81-78 win over Adamson after tripling the buzz to break CJ Austria’s four-game losing streak. finished. and redemption for their 86-84 loss in their first encounter.
His outstanding performance for archers earned him the Collegiate Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week award presented by the Philippine Sports Commission for the period November 17-20.
“’Yung halftime ko, two points lang. Kumbaga bumalik ‘yung memory na first game na broken twitches na. Sabi ko sa sarili ko, hindi pwedeng mangyari ulit ‘yun. Quimbao, who had just stepped off his national team role in the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers in the Middle East, increased the nagging in the third quarter.
Quiambao beat Green Archer Austria friend, UP’s James Spencer, and National University’s John Lloyd Clemente for the weekly honors discussed by print and online media covering college beats.
La Salle bolstered his Final Four bid with a 63-58 win against NU on Wednesday and a 6-6 draw with fourth-placed Adamson, only needing a win against the University of the East and the University of Santo Tomas. final qualifying matches to secure a half berth.
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