UAAP: US storm returns after losing La Salle, wins men’s 3×3 crown

Sherwin Concepcion carries 3x3 crowns of UAAP season 84 men from UST.  UAAP pictures

Sherwin Concepcion carries 3 × 3 crowns for UAAP season 84 men from UST. UAAP pictures

MANILA, Philippines – The University of Santo Thomas la Salle, crawled 21-20 to return to the top of nine points to win the UAAP Season 84 3 × 3 men’s basketball tournament at CaSoBe Resort in Batangas, Calatagan on Friday.

When Ben Phillips created a nine-point lead in La Salle, 14-5, the Growling Tigers leaned on the hot hands of Sherwin Concepci এবংn and Nick Cabayero to cut the deficit to 17-18.

Phillips stopped the bleeding with a two-pointer to keep the Green Archers one point away from the championship, 20-18.

But Cabanaro fired a clutch shot from deep before the game-winning two-pointer drilled at 2:15 left to steal the Concepcin championship.

Concepcion was named the tournament and final MVP, finishing 12 points deep in the final. Cabanero added four points.

“In the first three to four minutes, we relaxed. I told my teammates to fight for the UST community, “said Concepciিয়নn, who was also called for the Gilas Pilipinus Pool.

“I’m so glad my shot went in. I always prayed for it and I paid all my UST,” he added.

Royce Mantua and Brian Santos were also part of the US title race, bouncing back from runner-up finish in 2019.

UST finished second in the Elimination with a 4-2 record, then dominated the Philippines’ third-ranked university, 21-12, in the semifinals.

Cabanero scored 11 of 7-of-12 from the field in the semifinals, while Concepcion had seven points, including a game-winning two-pointer with eight rebounds.

La Salle, who emerged as the elimination round leader, survived 19-17 in the semifinals near National University.

Don Lim and Phillips had seven points for the Green Archers when they combined for five deuce.

Score:

Semifinal 1 vs. 4

DLSU 19 – Lim 7, Philips 7, Cu 3, Galman 2.

NU 17 – Chrysostom 7, Manansala 4, Mahinay 4, Ramos 2.

Semifinal 2 vs. 3

UST 21 – Cabañero 11, Concepcion 7, Santos 2, Mantua 1.

UP12 – Abbey 7, Peacock 3, Madrid 2, Tora

Time: Concepcion 2 (7:05)

Final

UST 21 – Concepcion 12, Cabañero 4, Santos 3, Mantua 2.

DLSU 20 – Galman 6, Phillips 6. Cu 5, Lim 3.

Time: Concepcion 2 (7:05)

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