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Gian Mamuak provided a steady presence and fuel for the third-quarter break - still for the spotless Eagles.  -UAP Media.

Gian Mamuak provided a steady presence and fuel for the third-quarter break – still for the spotless Eagles. -UAP Media.

Once a team dared to show Atenio mortal, it was rushed towards the night of Xian Mamuak’s career.

Mamuak warmed up in the third period to engineer an Atenio breakway that led to a 94-72 victory over the University of the East (UE) in an amazing game Saturday at the UAAP Season 84 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“We have problems and I think they sometimes express themselves in games,” said Atenio coach Tab Baldwin.

Downstairs in the Eagles’ field goal against the three-point Hunting Warriors, Mamuak hit three triples and scored 10 points at 14-0 to give Atenio a 65-53 lead towards the end of the third quarter — and the sixth win in a row.

But as Atenio took his sweet time before the UE broke up, it took another game to clear it painfully — at least for the rest of the field কত how different the Blue Eagles are now.

Late Sfurt

In a one-second fight, the University of the Philippines (UP) and La Salle went through an ugly battle of isolation where, in the end, one team ended up with as much turnover as a field goal.

That team won.

Javier Lucero started the game late, scoring 11 points in the final 6:18 as the Maroons emerged as a better team in the 103-second turnover and shook the effort and hung on to a 61-59 victory.

UP coach Goldwyn Montverde said: “I felt that we fought aggressively in almost the entire game from the first to the third quarter.

“La Salle forced us to do a lot of turnover and I’m glad we got a good response [late in the game]Montverde, whose wards have a turnover of 23, added one for the Archers on the field.

The ratio could have been worse, but Lucero punched a 9-of-15 clip and threw the ball away just twice on the way to a 21-point, 14-rebound card. His last field goal came with 1:43 left and pegged the final count.

Mamuyac was equally a picture of skill.

His career-high 21 points were 6-of-10 shooting, and with Angie Kaume he added nine rebounds to lead Atenio, who had 21 points and threw 13 rebounds and four blocks.

Half tied

Mamuak also buried a triple as he ended up shepherding Atenio during a stalemate break at 39 এ avoiding something the Eagles haven’t faced this season: a halftime deficit.

Kyle Paranada and Chris Pagsanjan finished with 15 points each for the UE, which went 13th out of 26 from outside the arc.

The UE matched Atenio point-for-point in the first two quarters প্রথম the first period was tied at 15 because the Eagles cuffed up seven turnovers and scored a little three field goals এবং and were two points above the third to midfield before Mamuak pushed. Fighter for good.

Lucero, meanwhile, nailed his first fourth-quarter basket at 6:18 as UP chewed two points from La Salle’s seven-point cushion. He had a triple and a highlight dunk in the final stretch and was backed by Joel Kagulangan, who scored his five points in that last game.

After Lucero’s last field goal, the two teams teamed up for two turnovers and six mixed shots, the last of which came when high-motored La Salle Big Mike Phillips bricked up a potential score-knot attempt.

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