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Another come from behind win by the Growling Tigers

Saturday, 8 September 2012 13 Comments

UAAP Season 75 UST Growling Tigers vs. UE Red Warriors, Aug 12The UST Growling Tigers made sure there wont be another upset.

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.

Individual Scores:

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.

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  • air says:

    Fortuna has always been the leader of this team. Now that the offense has been distributed to different players, he’s concentrating now on directing the team compared to last year. But when it mattered the most, he took charge. Nice two in a row three point plays for him, energizing the Tigers comeback.: )

  • Together-on-three says:

    My deepest good luck to the UP Maroons (can’t say the word “fighting” anymore) next season, 9 players will leave the team after season 75. Hope they find the things they need in winning.

  • España Trulalla says:

    Kudos to the Fighting Maroons! Always fighting to win, pero laging kinukulang. If only the game is only played for 2 quarters only, nasa TOP 4 sana UP, hehe, at ang UST? maybe the cellar dwellers!

  • Navigator says:

    Unless change starts from the top, this will be a familiar script for UP in the years to come…..and I am not just talking about the coaching staff.

    • General Custard says:

      That’s right, but it is the coaches as well, be there no doubt! If this entire group comes back, repeat seasons many times over.

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  • SK says:

    tsamba na naman ulit !

  • boy_USTe says:

    Go USTe!!!


  • Spinning Back Fist says:

    Haa..ay UP Fighting Maroons…. May imports, may mga Fil-Ams, may mga transferees. Tsk

  • pogita says:

    okay lang yan. champion naman sa Cheerdancing ang Yoopeeee!

  • Johnny5 says:

    Ang hirap lang talaga with UP is that they don’t have the budget to really spend on scouting and recruiting. Medyo dehado talaga kasi State U eh. They did well with Chris Ball, sana lang next season they could get more talented recruits to help them win.

    • General Custard says:

      Listen, they had all the pieces in place, but the coaches decided to do some strange things, and this is the result. Less talented and deserving players took the court, while some did not play or very little at that. Now why this happened is only known by the coaching staff, and the answer is the record they now own.
      All that promise will be gone in a few more games, with nothing to show for it. A meager few will remain, so even if the same coaches return, chances are you will see the same thing repeated year after year.
      Why are some players treated so royally with undeserving minutes? I believe some soul searching needs to be done, to find out what promises were made to certain players, for the sake of another disaster season. You reap what you sow!

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