The intense collegiate basketball action continues in the UAAP Season 82 Men's Basketball Stepladder Semifinals, as the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers move on to face the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons.
The Growling Tigers were dominant in their first round matchup, dispatching the Far Eastern University Tamaraws last Wednesday. Now, they face the second-seeded Fighting Maroons, who have the luxury of a twice-to-beat advantage.
That twice-to-beat edge could be put to the test however, as UST had had UP's number all season long, coming out victorious in their two elimination round meetings.
Can UST force a do-or-die matchup? Or will UP forge a finals rematch against Katipunan-rivals Ateneo de Manila?
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FINAL: UST 89, UP 69
UST forces a do-or-die contest on Wednesday after a convincing 89 - 69 victory over UP in the UAAP Season 82 stepladder semifinals.
UST CONNECTS TWICE FROM DOWNTOWN, UP 15 WITH LESS THAN 3 MINUTES LEFT
With UP cutting the lead down to nine, UST answers back with triples from Sherwin Concepcion and Mark Nonoy to extend lead to 15, 78 - 63, 2:38 left in the contest.
UP STILL IN THE GAME
END OF 3RD QUARTER: UST 60, UP 47
JAVI GDL CUTS 19-POINT LEAD DOWN TO 10, 1 MINUTE LEFT IN 3RD QUARTER
UP is just down 10, 47 - 57, following a free throw split by Javi Gomez De Liano.
UST TURNING THE GAME INTO A BLOWOUT, 50 - 31
UST goes on a 7 - 0 run to take a 19-point lead, 5:55 left in the 3rd period.
JUAN GDL WITH SEVEN POINTS TO START 3RD QUARTER
Juan Gomez De Liano scores seven points as UP cuts down UST's lead to 12, 31 - 43.
HALFTIME: UST 41, UP 24
Powered by Rhenz Abando's 12 points, the UST Growling Tigers take a commanding 41 - 24 halftime lead.
ANOTHER ABANDO THREE EXTENDS UST LEAD TO 18, 38 - 20
CHABI YO SLAM MAKES IT A 10-POINT UST LEAD
Subido drives baseline and finds Chabi Yo for the slam. UST up 25 - 15, 6:50 left in the second quarter.
END OF 1ST QUARTER: UST 19, UP 13
UST outscores UP, 12 - 6, in the last four minutes of the first quarter to take an eight-point advantage.
UST 14, UP 7, 2:51 LEFT IN FIRST QUARTER
UST doubles up on UP, 14 - 7, on a three-pointer by Rhenz Abando. Tigers on a 7-0 run. Maroons call a timeout.
UST 7, UP 7, 4:28 LEFT IN FIRST QUARTER
After back-to-back baskets by Cansino and Subido, UP answers back with four straight points to level the score at 7-all.
PARAS TIES GAME AT 3-ALL
Kobe Paras ties the game with a runner following a free throw split by Bright Akhuetie.
SUBIDO STRIKES FIRST
UST's Subido opens the scoring with a three-point shot, 3 - 0.
UST: Subido, Cansino, Chabi Yo, Bataller, Paraiso
UP: Akhuetie, Rivero, Paras, Manzo and Webb