By Marisse Gabrielle Panaligan
The Maroons found themselves limping in the absence of three key players in today’s game.
The University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons remain winless after being defeated by the De La Salle University Green Archers, 63-84, in the second round of the UAAP Season 73 Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Fighting Maroons started the game without Alvin Padilla, who was suspended after elbowing Ateneo rookie Arthur Dela Cruz last Saturday.
The Maroons fired 13 markers in the second quarter, capped by Martin Reyes’ triple to keep La Salle within a striking distance by the end of the first half, 37-29.
They were battling an 11-point deficit when Mark Lopez hurt his right knee after a bad fall when he collided with Jarelan Tampus 4:39 to go in the third quarter.
Team Captain Woody Co followed shortly, spraining his right ankle two minutes after Lopez went down.
The Maroons then started to fall apart.
Sharing the ball
Magi Sison and Mike Silungan led the Maroons’ charge with 12 points apiece, but the Archers’ 24 assists, including nine from team captain Simon Atkins, made wonders to La Salle’s offense.
Maui Villanueva topscored for La Salle with 14 markers, while Gabriel Banal, Almond Vosotros and Tampus combined for 32 points to blow up the margin.
“During the second half, I told the boys to share the ball,” said DLSU head coach Dindo Pumaren.
Still winless in nine outings, the UP Fighting Maroons will give another shot for their first victory as they clash with National University Bulldogs 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the La Salle Green Archers will collide with archrival Ateneo Blue Eagles in the 4 p.m. game on the same day.