Daquis unloaded 24 points laced with 18 excellent receptions while Paat dropped 22 hits including 12 digs.
Tubino was also instrumental with 13 markers for the HD Spikers, who forged a semifinals duel with undefeated Petron Blaze Spikers on Tuesday at the Muntinlupa Sports Center.
Mina Aganon delivered 16 points including 17 digs and 10 excellent receptions, while CJ Rosario and returning Shaya Adorador, who came back after missing several games due to tooth infection had 12 and 11 markers for Foton. The Tornadoes finished the preliminaries with a 6-4 win-loss card despite the absence of star players Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat.
“It’s a good feeling to be in the finals, being in the finals makes a team and a coach feel and learn how to win and in the finals its do or die, lose or win,” said UP head coach Godfrey Okumu.
“You don’t have any option but to win. I hope it’s a good legacy, something we’ve started being in the finals and we’ll continue all the way to the UAAP.”
Carlos will return to action in the winner-take-all finals duel, probably against unbeaten University of Santo Tomas, which only needs to win one of their last two elimination games.
“This game was very important for us because we lost to Smart in the Invitationals,” said Lopez, speaking on behalf of head coach Sherwin Meneses.
“And now that we’re here in the semifinals, we will go out fighting.”
Fiola Ceballos chipped in 11 points, including the game-winning ace that capped a searing run from a 20-22 deficit to seal the victory in 80 minutes of action.