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Desiderio nets career-high, lifts UP over UE

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) Paul Desiderio personally made sure that University of the Philippines (UP) won't suffer an upset against University of the East (UE) on Sunday.

The Fighting Maroons trailed by as much as 14 points in the first half, and were still down 38-42 at the halftime break. But Desiderio came up with superb effort in the third quarter, as he exploded for 16 points in the period to help UP break the game open completely.

UP's Paul Desiderio attacks the defense of UE's Shannon Gagate in their UAAP Season 80 game. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports
UP also stepped up defensively in the third quarter, as they limited UE to only seven points to build a comfortable 64-49 lead heading into the final frame.

The Fighting Maroons showed no let-up in the fourth frame, eventually leading by as much as 23 points en route to an 84-71 victory – their second win of the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament.

UP improved to 2-1 in the season, while also sending the Red Warriors to their third consecutive defeat.

Desiderio, after scoring a paltry nine points against Ateneo de Manila University last week, finished with a career-high 28 points on 9-of-16 shooting, while also nine grabbing rebounds in the game.

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/09/17/17/uaap-desiderio-nets-career-high-lifts-up-over-ue

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