Saturday, 8 September 2012 13 Comments
After struggling in the first three quarters has once again pulled-off another escape act in UAAP Season 75 when they scored a 75-68 win over the UP Fighting Maroons at the Mall of Asia Arena on September 8.
“We have the will and courage to win that game and that’s what I like,” UST mentor Pido Jarencio told the media during the post interview. “This only proves that our team can handle the pressure even at the last second of the endgame.”
Karim Abdul interior presence collected 21 rebounds while posting 16 points mostly from the shaded area, while Aljon Mariano tallied 16 points and Jeric Fortuna had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Growling Tigers uncorked a 16-0 run in the final period with Mariano, Fortuna, and Jeric Teng leading the way to turn a six-point deficit into a 72-62 lead with just 1:55 left in the game.
UST landed at solo second place with 9 wins and 3 losses.
Anjelo Montecastro and Mike Silungan gave the Fighting Maroons a 38-35 edge at halftime. UST did not rush into panic mode after taking a 53-46 spread heading into the 4th quarter.
Fortuna’s three-point play sparked a UST rally for a 60-59 lead while Jeric Teng, who had 10 points, stole the ball and scored on another three-point play for a 63-59 lead.
Mariano stretched the Growling Tigers’ lead to 70-59 after scoring on a short stab.
Montecastro had 17 points as the Fighting Maroons slipped to a 1-11 win-loss record.
UST 75 — Mariano 16, Abdul 16, Fortuna 11, Teng 10, Bautista 9, Ferrer 4, Daquioag 3, Vigil 2, Pe 2, Lo 2, Hainga 0, Afuang 0.
UP 68 — Montecastro 17, Silungan 14, Soyud 11, Ball 6, Lopez 6, Romero 5, Manuel 5, Padilla 2, Hipolito 2, Mbah 0, Wong 0, Gamboa 0, Asilum 0.
Quarter scores: 20-14; 35-38; 46-53; 75-68.
By Josef Ramos