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Kobe Paras shines as UP rules Taiwan’s BLIA Cup

Kobe Paras took over in crunch time to power University of the Philippines (UP) past the Chien Hsin University of Science and Technology, 97-93, in the finals of the 2019 Buddha’s Light International Association (BLIA) Cup in Taiwan on Sunday afternoon.

Paras came up with big shots down the stretch to give the Fighting Maroons a late lead, with his three-pointer pushing them ahead, 90-83, with 2:08 to play.

The Maroons led by 11 points with 1:28 to go, 94-83, after Paras picked off a pass and rose for a slam dunk.

But their opponents showed no quit, scoring 8 straight points to make it a one-possession game, 94-91, with 38.1 ticks left.

The Maroons further left the door open when David Murrell bricked two charities, but a split at the line by Jaybie Montilla and a huge block by Bright Akhuetie kept them in control. More free throws by Paras in the end iced the game for the Fighting Maroons. 

Paras finished with a team-high 37 points to lift the Fighting Maroons to the crown.

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