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UAAP: Here comes Super Sumang to save the day

Friday, 16 August 2013 12 Comments


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/

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.

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  • fick says:

    Sorry loss for UST, spoiling Abdul’s dominance over the bigger and heavily-favored Mammie. And just when Teng’s return is looming, Aljon re-injures his ankle, possibly ruling him out for the rest of the season. Wala silang clutch player nung mga huling minuto. If there is any positive from this painful (choking) loss, it’s the Tigers’ somewhat return to form since their first two games of the season.

    It’s only their first game in the second round but given three consecutive losses, it seems to me that the Tigers’ F4 chances have gone slimmer. UE is on a roll, Ateneo is steadily recuperating as is DLSU, and NU is currently second. Too early to call for a miracle just yet, but I hope the UE loss would serve as a catalyst for a steamroller of a second round for UST.

    • kalif_rnia says:

      I agree. It’s always sad to see a good team be robbed of their full potential because of injuries.. Sayang. Well, kaya pa yan! Di pa natin masasabi, all teams (except for UP probably) are dangerously equal; or the other team’s advantage is negated by the other team’s advantage. It all boils down to who wants it more (and who’s luckier haha)!

    • uaapadik says:

      well said brother! the game against ateneo is a must win if UST wants to get that twice to beat advantage. Jeric Teng needs to come back in the game versus Ateneo because it might be a little too late when he returns later.

  • How did Sumang get away with that shot???

    Kulang talaga sa court general experience si Daquioag.

    Abdul, A game!

    • ed daquioag not a point guard says:

      i agree sir. that wild pass he made just cost the game. sana umayos siya at ang buong team. pag natalo pa sa ateneo, ewan ko na lang.

  • SuperSumang does supershot against a superteam with a supercenter.

  • boy_USTe says:

    Congrats to the warriors.
    Galing ni Roi Wolverine Sumang.
    Bawi nlang Tigers against eagles sa next game.

    Go USTe!!!


  • usthigh says:

    Hay naku pido. terrible final play and why didn’t you use your 1 foul to give during the final 11 secs of the game? put michael jordan in the ust lineup and with pido at the helm, still nothing will happen to them. enuf is enuf! lumayas ka na kasi dyan.

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