Saturday, 11 May 2013 2 Comments
written by Josef T. Ramos
Aljon Mariano is the most fiery among head coach Pido Jarencio’s Growling Tigers.
Last Friday, he did something great to prove it once again.
Mariano, who is already considered pro material, scored 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as University of Santo Tomas (UST) outsmarted San Sebastian College (SSC), 83-79, in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan.
Mariano, who also had six rebounds and two assists, unfurled the finishing kick in the last 48.1 seconds to put the Tigers ahead for good, 83-79, after a neck-and-neck battle in the fourth quarter.
“Lack of offense and aggression,” said Mariano. “Coach told us to execute our offense well with proper ball distribution and avoid isolation plays.”
After trailing at the half, 35-28, the Stags went wild with rookie Jaymark Perez waxing hot to seize the advantage, 59-58, entering the final frame of the game. In the fourth quarter, teams traded baskets to keep the game close.
The Stags still hung tough within a point, 73-74, with 2:05 left to play on Perez’s and-one play.
But Mariano’s heroics eventually raised UST to a 2-2 win-loss mark. .
Although victory was preserved that day, Jarencio couldn’t hide his worry for the Tigers’ next games due to the unavailability of his other players who are currently playing in the PBA D-League.
“It’s hard to win because we are not complete most of the time in practices,” he said.
Some of his players like top scorer Jeric Teng, Mariano, Ed Daquioag, Kevin Ferrer, Paolo Pe, Louie Vigil, Kim Lao, and Tata Bautista are playing in the D-league.
Cameroonian center Karim Abdul tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds despite committing six turnovers, while Clark Bautista had four triples for 12 points and Kevin Ferrer added 10 points and Robin Tan contributed eight for UST.
Jaymark Perez scored 24 points along with five rebounds and four steals for the Golden Stags, who dropped to 2 wins and 4 losses. (EF/InboundPass.com)
UST 83 – Mariano 23, Abdul 14, Bautista 12, Ferrer 10, Tan 8, Daquioag 7, Marata 3, Sheriff 2, Lo 2, Pe 2, Hainga 0, Lao 0, Faundo 0.
SSC 79 – Perez 24, Dela Cruz 20, Devera 12, Gusi 9, Rebellos 7, Tano 5, Magno 2, Vergara 0, Balucanag 0, Padilla 0, Quipse 0.
QS: 18-14; 35-28; 58-59; 83-79.
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