Friday, 16 August 2013 11 Comments
by JOSEF T. RAMOS
When University of the East (UE) was in trouble, superb playmaker Shej Roi Sumang came up big in the last 11 seconds to rescue the Red Warriors from the jaws of defeat at the start of their second round campaign in Season 76 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.
Sumang evaded Karim Abdul’s defense to nail the game-winning lay-up to power UE to a hairline 68-67 win against the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers on Thursday for its fifth win after eight games at the Araneta Coliseum.
UST’s forward Kevin Ferrer, then, shot an airball as the buzzer sounded and UE head coach Boyzie Zamar rejoiced in full after the daring escape against the Growling Tigers.
“Our first round performance was an over-achievement. I’ve always been telling them to be patient with us, and I’m happy that we used our head in this game aside from playing with a big heart,” said Zamar, reminding his players not to relax despite the win.
Sumang, who scattered 20 points and dished out 10 assists with four rebounds, scored two important baskets to take away the lead and the win after the Red Warriors trailed, 64-67, in the last 2:43.
Down 47-58 entering the fourth quarter, the Red Warriors outscored the Growling Tigers in the payoff period, 21-9, behind Sumang’s impressive performance. Sumang gave UE its first lead at 59-58 before UST took another opportunity to regain the advantage.
But the Growling Tigers, who dropped their slate to 4-4, missed their chances in the crucial minutes.
The Red Warriors avenged their 77-88 loss to the Growling Tigers in their first round encounter.
Key UST player Aljon Mariano badly rolled his left ankle midway in the third period and never returned in the game.
Ralf Olivares scattered 15 points, while Charles Mammie piled up 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Red Warriors, who shot 29-of-70 (41.4 percent) against UST’s 23-of-73 (31.5 percent) clip.
UE led, 16-8, in turnover points, despite both teams committing 16 turnovers each.
Abdul had 23 points and 20 rebounds for the Tigers. (EF/Inboundpass.com)
UE 68 – Sumang 20, Olivares 15, Mammie 10, Santos 6, Noble 5, Casajeros 5, Galanza 3, Sumido 2, Javier 2, Olayon 0, Pujante 0, Jumao-as 0, Hernandez 0, Guion 0.
UST 67 – Abdul 23, Bautista 13, Ferrer 12, Daquioag 12, Mariano 4, Hainga 2, Lo 1, Sheriff 0, Pe 0, Faundo 0.
QS: 22-21; 37-38; 47-58; 68-67.