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Santo Tomas edges SSC-R in 2OT classic

Saturday, 16 April 2011 59 Comments

ONCE again, after the game, University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers head coach Pido Jarencio half-jokingly reminded the assembled reporters that the only reason why the Tigers decided to join the 2011 FilOil Flying V Pre-Season Premier Cup was that he had something to show the UST fans, as compared to previous seasons. Clearly, he does.

Tiger rookies Karim Abdul and Kevin Ferrer showed uncanny resilience down the stretch, powering their squad to a 104-102 double-overtime win against the San Sebastian Golden-Recoletos Stags last Saturday, April 16, at the Arena in San Juan City.

Abdul finished with a double-double of 23 points, including 9-of-10 free throws, and 17 rebounds, while Ferrer added 17 markers and seven boards. Point guard Jeric Fortuna also had 17.

The Stags actually got off to a hot start, scoring 12 unanswered to begin the first quarter before Jarencio finally sent in Abdul, igniting a 12-4 Tigers run. Baskets by Calvin Abueva and Ronald Pascual would stabilize the situation for San Sebastian though, allowing them to take an eight-point lead after ten minutes.

With the score at 38-30 in the second quarter, UST reinserted Abdul after a short rest, triggering another run, this time, 10 unanswered. That allowed the Growling Tigers to take the lead at the 4:17 mark of the quarter off a Jeric Fortuna floater.

The two sides went back and forth all the way into the fourth quarter, as a Ferrer drive set UST up with an 86-85 lead. After a timeout, Abueva drew a foul and split his charities, tying the game. With 22.1 seconds to go, UST turned to Jeric Teng at the top of the key. Driving in, Abueva tipped the ball away from him, but Abdul recovered it before launching a jumper that was off the mark, sending the game into overtime.

In the first OT, Abueva once again tied the game on a sharp drive down the middle of the lane, knotting it at 93 apiece with 26 seconds left. With a two second difference between the game and the shot clock, Ferrer missed a tough triple, and Afuang turned it over after corralling the offensive rebound.

Then with 4.6 seconds left, Jonathan Semira missed a triple to send the game into double-overtime. With two minutes to play, a Dexter Maiquez drive cut the UST lead down to a solitary point, 98-97. Ferrer responded with two charities, extending the UST advantage to three, 100-97. Maiquez scored yet again, only for Clark Bautista to nail just his second triple of the game and push the margin to a two-possession advantage, 103-99.

A controversial moment was to follow after Stags captain Anthony del Rio seemed to make contact after attempting a swipe at the leather from Ferrer. But no foul was called, allowing Semira to steal the ball and score off an easy lay-up to peg the count at 103-101. Despite the UST coaching staff’s protests, play continued, and Abueva intentionally fouled Carmelo Afuang with 15.7 seconds remaining. Afuang split the charities, leaving the door open at 104-101 for the Stags.

Once again, “The Beast” tried to win it for his team, pulling down a missed free throw and barreling down the lane for the foul. He’d only halve them, though. San Sebastian got one more break, as Ferrer stepped on the line after pulling down a long rebound. With five seconds left though, Abueva could only launch an airball, bringing an end to an epic game.

After being rumored to be jumping to the UAAP in the off-season, Abueva contributed beastly numbers, 33 points and 18 rebounds. But his was a double-edged performance as he also turned the ball over eight times, missed all seven three-point attempts and hit just 11 out of 23 charities. Maiquez added 19 points and Ronald Pascual showcased his all-around game, with 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three blocks.

“Medyo marami kaming mental mistakes,” said Jarencio when the dust settled, but he noted the character of his charges in coming back from the early deficit, saying, “It’s [character] there already, kaya lumabas kami [at the FilOil Tournament]“. W5

The scores:

UST 104 – Abdul 23, Ferrer 17, Fortuna 17, Teng 14, Camus 11, Bautista 8, Afuang 5, Tan 5, Lo 2, Sheriff 2, Pe 0, Aytona 0, Ungria 0

San Sebastian 102 – Abueva 33, Maiquez 19, Pascual 13, del Rio 9, Semira 8, Jumao-as 8, Miranda 6, Sangalang 4, Vitug 2, Antipuesto 0, J. dela Cruz 0

Quarter scores: 23-31, 47-45, 68-67, 86-86, 93-93, 104-102

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  • jay says:

    nice game maiquez!

    bawi nalang.


  • another social climber says:

    galing ni pido talaga

  • iamvincejerome says:

    GO USTE!

  • golden slash says:

    nice games kanina, medyo magulo pa ang coaching ng baste, actually hindi nga si coach turo yung nagmamando ng plays, wala akong idea kung sino yung nag-coach sa baste kanina, si turo nakatayo lang dun, masyadong kinalabaw ni abueva to the point na wala ng nakitang pasahan. nagsimula nung na-injured si sanggalang and r.pascual.. bakaw mode na si the beast. wala pang tiwala sa iba. more plays sana for jumao-as. Mas classic pa yung laban ng NU vs SBC.. teamwork talaga! hopefully next game, may improvement na. malakas pa rin baste, wala lang teamwork..

  • riverphoenix says:

    si Jumao-as pala nag stay sa BAste…mababangko lang siya kasi sa FEU

    • golden slash says:

      hindi nman siguro sa mababangko, pero hindi ganun kaganda magiging exposure nya, comparing to amer, ferrer and ravena. sa observation ko nman knina, sakto sya sa line-up ng stags, either off the bench pamalit kay pascual or starting sya, depende rin sa kalaban..

  • mapuan15 says:

    pano kaya kung wala si abueva at pascual sa baste? baka tambakan sila nyan, dapat tlga may teamwork. hndi ung lagi umaasa sa isa o dalawang players puro one man play :(

    • golden slash says:

      yup, tambak talaga yun.. buti na lang magulo din ang plays ng ust kanina.. sabi nga sa akin ng tito ko na alumni ng uste, malakas sana sila, yung coach lang ang problema, hindi pwedeng mala-ginebra yung plays lagi.. sa baste naman, teamwork talaga. parang BU kanina, sa warm up pa nga lang nila knina puro passing talaga, nakakahilo nga panoorin eh.. hehe. pero formidable pa rin ang stags, intact pa din, plus jumao-as and yung guards like vitug, parang proto-type din ni pamboy. sayang nga lang injured daw si gatchi.. yung bobby baculanag parang hindi pa yata ginamit.

      • Wye says:

        Walang prob sa coach sir…Hindi naman sya ang nagseset ng plays, pg ang gumagawa nun. Sana ndi palitan si pido, mawawala kasi un identity ng tigers na nainstill nya since he took over. Pride, puso, palaban. Yes he isn’t as good a coach as black but he is what has been churning this team for years. Remember that this year Lang Kami sobrang talented…previously we get by with hustle and heart. Pido is now the 2nd longest tenured coach in the uaap for a reason…and that’s coz the ust community believes in him.

  • Anti-heat says:

    Nice game by both teams. I guess the “where will Jumao-as really play” is finally answered. Good for the stags.

  • golden slash says:

    yup,, this season, 4 stars from the junior ranks remained loyal to their respective institutions.


    hope this trend will continue….

  • toting says:

    go uste!

  • toting says:

    GO USTE!

  • Wye says:

    Kareeeeeemmm!!!!! That’s why we have been expectin from this kid and he is delivering!! Lupet din ni kf and I’m glad jfort an melo are becoming consistent now. Teng has to learn to adjust his role now that this will be ferrer’s team moving forward. If karim can do this to the vaunted frontline of baste, think what he will do to the less established bigs. Great win tigers…nice game baste. Go uste!

  • bigf9779 says:

    Congrats tigers…surely mas balanse at exciting ang UAAP games this coming season…

  • TAS says:

    Sana huwag masyadong umasa ang Growling Tigers kay Abdul… kailangan team-effort…

    For UST Sports updates…

    Manalo matalo, walang iwanan!

  • 4peat says:

    We can no longer guess who the FINAL 4 will be!

    • Rampage says:

      It’s a free for all for the F4. This season will be the most exciting for all the teams really improved. This is good for the UAAP.

  • What Everybody Said says:

    Karim has again shown the flashes of why he was recruited. From the intramurals ust all the way to college ball pre-season the guy dominates both the paint for markers and rebounds. The second coming of Jervy Cruz is shaping up. TIGER POWER, Ooohh! VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

    • Doug says:

      Jervy spent a year or two in Team B during his stay in UST. It took those years off before the former King Tiger finally proved his worth elevating to Tigers line up in Season 69. I’m not sure who was the key of Jervy’s improvement then, but I hope our big man coach can do same in Karim. For those who already seen Karim played correct me if I’m wrong when I say, it appears between them, Karim has a better built and strength (as I based it on several pics alone). I wish to know who has a better footwork though. With that 23pts and 17rebs, I can imagine how closely similar Karim is to Jervy in finding himself to proper position grabbing the boards which for me is very rare in big men nowadays. I guess one of the big test comes on April 30 when he is yet to face Slaughter, Chua and other bigs of Ateneo. He may be an undersized player in his position compared to other bigs in the league but oh boy, he can definitely play bigtime!

      • What Everybody Said says:

        Sir Doug, like what I’ve been saying all this time, the height he gives up to all the bigs of the UAAP, his heart, hustle, and effort, makes up even top that of the other. This player of ours, will always have the bigger heart. Do not look far, thanks to Coach Pido’s character building for the team. An identity that coach help shape. Like every Tiger in the world, never too loud, always quiet, but will sure give you a fight! VIVA SANTO TOMAS! :)

      • wye says:

        pre he is a big in the mold of a nate brumfield or harvey carey…burly 6’4 guys who play much much bigger than their size…and they do it by giving 100% effort and displaying uncanny heart and hustle. indeed pido has rubbed this off on his boys…and it will be most seen this year as all of the current players are now his recruits. a lot of people criticize pido for not being an x’s and o’s coach but he does far more than just teach and draw up plays for the team. here’s to a great year…go uste!

        • What Everybody Said says:

          Sir Wye, I think it’s known that Pido has been criticized. The year 2010 being the most often time but in the end forgiven. But I think we should hear everyone out. Pido’s specialty, which is to build team character, might have served it’s time. Like it’s already stamped on us. Generally, people from the community always expect the players to have the Never Say Die Attitude. Coach Pido is given what is due to him. So, since he’s been there half a decade already, would it not be nice for him to expand his skillset as a coach? Like any player, I believe all key players in this UAAP, players, coaches, and managers, should take their talents to the next level. That is actually what is being questioned by a lot of people.

          • What Everybody Said says:

            Forgiven for 2010 because the line-up was young. But the ’07 and ’08 as the most were under-performances from the team. The line-up was good on paper. They were good as advertised when blowing out teams in the early going but lost its promotion when they lost hold of the lead and eventually the game. The Tigers were not playing consistent and calm basketball since 2008.

          • Doug says:

            @WES and WYE, I hope you don’t mind but that UST logo is quite distracting. I can’t read well your messages. I believe we all know both of you are Thomasians so I don’t think it’s necessary to put that logo in the content of your post. Peace sirs.

          • Doug says:

            Anyway guys, I hope you can join me on the 30th, let’s watch our game vs. the Eagles. Let’s exchange thoughts and bad mouth the refs if we need to. LoL! Then grab a beer or two after (I’ll treat a bucket if we win). Sounds a plan guys? Watcha think??

          • Wye says:

            Pre month end un…I’ll try. Well, My take on it is that pido is an “NFL head coach” wherein he needs an offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator to take over play calling. Norman black is like the bill belichick of the uaap coz he is a one man coaching staff…from conditioning to ingame play calling. That I think is a talent you are born with and not something that can be learned. Still we all want pido and his troops to succeed this year and beyond so let’s welcome the critics but support the team. Right Doug and Wes? Go uste…

          • What Everybody Said says:

            It sounds like a plan, sir! But I’ll try sir my work’s kind of demanding and unpredictable when it comes with the weekends. Of course, nothing but the success for the Tigers. There’s no doubt the players will grow with Pido, but we’re hoping though that UST coaching staff will fill in some void. Every coaching staff has a weakness, and probably ours are the plays. Well, hopefully this year it changes. Hope we could have that 2006 vibe again this year.

          • Escudo says:

            @WES, Wye, Doug

            The Bedans (around 13 of us) at inboundpass have met up several times at our games last year. And it will really bond you if you meet. We even had a Christmas party with some Red Lions i.e. Su, the Twins, Gabo and Anjo and got to attend the party with MVP and the whole team the same night.

            My paternal grandfather was a Law graduate and was our province first Congressman, who authored the Women’s Right of Suffarge Bill.

            Go USTe!

          • What Everybody Said says:

            Wow, thank you, Sir Escudo! Cheers to your Bedan brothers for the kind of bond you guys have. We will give it a try someday. I think we can also go on a bigger group ’cause I think the two gents before me are TigerPack. We hope could see you guys on our game. Although the game’s still 6wks away.

          • Escudo says:

            WES, yeah lets meet up, RC is kind big on that.

          • What Everybody Said says:

            Ayt. Let’s just talk about it as the date nears. I’m confident you guys will still be around that time.

          • Hellboy says:

            Sama niyo ako diyan ha. ^_^

          • Escudo says:

            Hellboy, you know you are counted.

          • Doug says:

            So it seems the argument here is that how mature Pido became as a coach. If I would assess him this early, I’d probably start by questioning his choice of players. For one, I have yet to see how good the new guards, Robin Tan and Sheriff. I’m curious to know why Pido chose them over the likes of former Tigercub and last year’s Jrs. Mythical Team member, EJ Corre and maybe Witfield which to me is still a mystery. I understand Robin came from Ateneo Team B while Sheriff is a long time Team Benavides hopeful. But letting go of a year from a final 4 experienced player to me is quite an extreme decision. I don’t want to see, as a fan, some roster spots get wasted in our team. I don’t want to see yet another Ed Aytona or Mamaril included in UST’s line up just to “fill up” that 15 man rotation. This is just me guys. But then, I hope Robin and Sheriff prove me wrong. I hope coach Pido proves me wrong..

          • Doug says:


            the last time I’ve been in a Beda game was way back against PCU. I really do admire the huge gallery of The Lions. I recalled then how the red tribe dominated Araneta and I felt so awful for the Dolphins fans absorbing all the jeers. To be honest, that entertained me. HaHa! Anyway, I hope our Pack gets to meet your Tribe in the future. It’s always been good to meet new friends from other leagues. Cheers to that!

            Go San Beda fight! ;)

        • Escudo says:

          sorry my avatar got messed up.

  • Doug says:

    Guys, you can check the complete stats in this link.

    If only Abueva nailed in all his free throw shots (he missed 12F/T attempts) and did not turn the ball over 8 times, maybe the outcome of this game gone differently.

  • 4peat says:

    If the Coaching staff of ADMU won the Championship last year. 2011 will more and more be a call of the Coaches. Players are great, but not that critical anymore.

    A Blessed Holy Week to one and to all!

  • Captain Pogi says:

    wala si sangalang so sino center nila? si abueva? e 6’3 lang yun e. pero masipag talaga kita mo naman sa stats.

    • golden slash says:

      nandun po si ian, kaso na-injured yata, late kc kmi dumating, kaya di na nmin nakita then nung 4th, si r.pascual nman. kaya binuhaya na ni abueva. big men nila is maiquez, na sobrang nag improve with 19pts. yung balucanag hndi ginamit, pero ang legit center lng tlaga is sanggalang..

  • banned says:

    dyan kayo magaling, sa palusot. good job!

  • ronron1281989 says:

    nice one UST!!!!

    UST is back =)

  • Marion says:

    I just hope that UST will give out the same performance this coming UAAP Season. =) Viva Santo Tomas!

  • RedAndGold says:

    mukang nakatsamba USTE ah!?! Well anyway, what a nice game. Akala ko nga din ayaw na ni Abueva sa Baste dahil sa pagkawala ni Agustin. Tsk tsk tsk.

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