Manila, July 20, 2003 By MARIVIC AWITAN (MALAYA) Olan Omiping scored 14 points off the bench, 11 of them in the second half, as University of the East whipped Adamson yesterday 74-61 and gained a tie for the lead in the 66th UAAP basketball tournament at the Blue Eagles Gym in Quezon City.

The 6-foot-1 Omiping, in his fourth year with the Warriors, got into foul trouble in the first half and was limited to just three points. But he came up big in the second half as he sank timely baskets, especially in the fourth period when the Falcons threatened to make a comeback.

In the other seniors game, La Salle humbled University of the Philippines 67-58 and joined UE and idle Far Eastern U in the lead at 3-0.

The Green Archers' win was their 12th straight over the Maroons dating back to Aug. 9, 1997.

After trailing by as many as 21 points in the third, the Falcons managed to reduce the deficit to 50-62 with seven minutes left following an array of triples from skipper Mark Abadia.

But that proved to be the best the Falcons could do as the Warriors countered with three consecutive treys, one each from James Yap, Nino Canaleta and Jay-Arr Estrada to climb into a tie with the idle FEU Tamaraws.

"My second team stepped up," said coach Boysie Zamar referring to Omiping, RJ Masbang and Canaleta, who bucked an injury. "Expected na kasi na magde-deliver sina (Paul) Artadi at Yap kaya talagang malaking tulong ang ginawa nu'ng aming second group."

Aside from Omiping, the Warriors also drew quality minutes from Masbang who gave starter Estrada enough time to rest on the bench, taking care of the dirty work inside, particularly in controlling the boards against the Falcons' big men.

Canaleta, despite nursing a right knee injury, also delivered some important baskets, including two triples.

Artadi got away with a double-double-12 points and 12 rebounds.

The Falcons dropped into the cellar in the company of defending champion and host Ateneo at 0-2.

Earlier, the Baby Falcons crushed the Pages for their first win 94-51 in the juniors division.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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