Thursday, 20 September 2012 75 Comments
UST has earned a seat in the final four on September 20, 2012 in UAAP Season 75 but lost in the board room after its protest was turned down by the technical board committee.
The UST Growling Tigers, playing with sense of urgency, defeated the UE Red Warriors, 87-75, in an important game to finally secure a spot in the final four in a game held at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“While we have all the opportunities, we will do everything just to win. I’m thankful we got this best finish,” said UST head coach Pido Jarencio. “If ever we get the final four, thank you.”
With the victory, the Growling Tigers, now pegged at 10-4, are now assured of at least a playoff for 2nd place, and a shot at the 2nd twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals.
FEU currently with a 9-4 win-loss record, could still forge a tie for 2nd place with a win over National University on September 23. Reigning champion Ateneo De Manila University finished the season with a 12-2 win-loss card.
UE grabbed the lead at the end of first quarter, 12-10, but UST unleashed a strong 12-3 run to transform a 2-point 1st quarter deficit to a huge 32-22 advantage at halftime.
Forward Adrian Santos helped the Red Warriors slice the gap to 49-55 after hitting four baskets in the 3rd quarter. They also had a chance to steal the lead after closing in at 57-60 during the 4th period.
UST finished UE with a 13-0 assault midway thru the final period, creating a 17-point lead and never looked back.
Forward Jeric Teng pumped in 15 of his 26 points in the 4th quarter, while Karim Abdul piled up 22 point and 9 rebounds. Clark Bautista and Aljon
Mariano tallied 15 points apiece for UST. Sumang paced UE with 22 points.
UAAP Technical Committee junks UST protest
Technical Committee head Junel Baculi of National University confirmed to reporters that the protest filed by UST was denied because of mere ‘judgment calls’ by the referees.
In a letter signed by Mr. Junel Baculi addressed to UST, it said that:
After careful review and deliberation, the technical committee has decided to uphold the decision of the commissioner, therefore your protest in denied.
The technical committee agrees with the commissioner that the points that you have raised are both judgement calls and not subject to protest. It was pointed out during the course of the discussion that although the calls and non-calls were technical in nature, implementing requires judgement.
The Technical committee upheld the early decision of UAAP commissioner Ato Badolato, who earlier rejected UST’s protest.
UST protested the goaltending call that gave Ateneo a 68-66 win last week. UST also questioned the act of Ateneo head coach Norman Black who went inside the court to confront the referees after a non-call.
UST 87 – Teng 26, Abdul 22, Bautista 15, Mariano 15, Ferrer 4, Lo 2, Fortuna 2, Vigil 1, Afuang 0, Daquioag 0, Pe 0.
UE 75 – Sumang 22, Sumido 19, Santos 16, Villarias 8, Hernandez 5, Flores 3, Javier 2, Belleza 0, Duran 0, Olayon 0.
Quarter Scores: 10-12; 32-22; 55-49; 87-75
By Josef Ramos