UAAP: Jav Lucero returns credit for showing clutch to Carl Tamayo in UP

Javier Lucero of UP is flying to drown.  UAAP pictures

Javier Lucero of UP is flying to drown. UAAP pictures

MANILA, Philippines – Javier Lucero has blamed Carl Tamayor’s defense for his great fourth-quarter show as the University of the Philippines extended its winning streak to five singles to secure a single second place finish in the UAAP Season 84 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Lucero scored 12 of his 21 points in the final six minutes, including a slam and a clutch three-pointer over La Salle center Justin Baltazar, to help UP beat 61-59 in La Salle, Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday.

The Filipino-American forward, who also grabbed 14 rebounds, including nine attacking boards, credited Tamayo and his teammates for their fourth-quarter heroism that put the Maroons in second place with a 5-1 record.

“I think as a team we knew we were behind that fourth quarter and we had 10 minutes to get it together. A huge part of that was Carl and his defense. I don’t think he will be credited for that, but he helped us get to the stop on the floor against Balti (Baltazar) because their whole offense goes through him, “Lucero said shortly after the win.

“Mayme (Kagulangan) made timely shots and passed on time. As a team, CJ (Casino), James (Spencer), who we broke the defensive board, really helped us, “he added.

‘Really good player’

UP Fighting Maroons vs La Salle Green Archers UAAP Season 84 Men's Basketball Action.  UAAP pictures

UP Fighting Maroons vs La Salle Green Archers UAAP Season 84 Men’s Basketball Action. UAAP pictures

Lucero Gilas had fun playing against Pilipinus cadet Baltzer, but he reiterated that Tamayo’s national team experience helped him to excel as the main figure in La Salle, with his poster drawn 14-4 at 5:48. Stretched

“It simply came to our notice then. Playing against a glass player, I play against Carl every day, so I get to see that first hand. Carl is a really good player, I have to give him credit again, “said Cal State Maritime Academy Standout.

“Honestly, I don’t know how we got the ball. Maybe it was, and we had numbers. Carl was also sprinting, so he forced the bucket to see him, and I was able to come late, and the meme got me a great pass, and then there were only two points left, “he added.

Baltazar, who pushed for La Salle with 13 points and 10 rebounds, said he really challenged Lucero Dunk because he was determined to win. He also praised Tamayo, who had nine points and 11 rebounds.

“I challenged his (Lucero) Dunk because we really wanted to win the game. “Unfortunately, it’s gone.” “Ever since high school, Carl has been a great player. He can shoot from outside and he has a good post move.

After a quiet debut with zero points and three rebounds against Atenio, Lucero found his groove in the last five games with an average of 63% shooting and 16.0 points at 8.8 rebounds.

He has vowed to continue his role for the Fighting Maroons as they look forward to their sixth-round win in the first round against Far Eastern University on Saturday.

“Every time we get on the field it’s a consistency, because I haven’t played here yet, but as long as we win, and the way I can help my team, the rest will come,” Lucero said. . “I try to control what I can and fight our growing pains as a team. I thought we did a really good job (today).

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