Daquioag, Ferrer show way as UST fends off young Adamson

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 05, 2015 08:00 PM
Daquioag, Ferrer show way as UST fends off young Adamson
VETERAN MOVES. Ed Daquioag and Kevin Ferrer had almost three-fourths of UST's total output.

Heading into the 78th Season of the UAAP Men's Basketball Tournament, it was a seasoned core that University of Sto. Tomas touted would bring them back into the Final Four.

The duo of Ed Daquioag and Kevin Ferrer wasted no time in proving that claim correct in combining for almost three-fourths of the Growling Tigers’ total output in their 70-64 victory versus the young Adamson University Soaring Falcons on Friday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Ferrer scored 12 points as the Tigers sprinted to a 22-5 start after the first quarter. However, Adamson was able to flip the script and turned the double-digit disadvantage into only a 25-28 deficit at the half.

UST managed their lead until pint-sized Joseph Nalos kept venturing into the lane and dropping shots on top of Karim Abdul to close the Falcons to 59-61 inside the last two minutes. Ferrer and Daquioag then hit back-to-back baskets which Nalos immediately got back with two shots of his own.

After Daquioag again converted on an inside basket, Nalos finally failed to respond in only making one out of two free throws for a score of 67-64 still in favor of the Tigers with 17.6 on the clock. Adamson was unable to come any closer as three free throws by Louie Vigil cemented the final score.

Daquioag and Ferrer posted 28 and 24 points, respectively, and were the only legitimate threats during UST’s season-opening victory. Talking about his veterans, coach Bong Dela Cruz said in his post-game conference, “They played great today and pinakita nilang nag-lead sila.”

Nalos scored 18 points – all but five coming in the final frame – to give hope to the Falcons even with a loss that sent them to 0-1.

BOX SCORES

UST 70 – Daquioag 28, Ferrer 24, Vigil 9, Abdul 7, Lee 2, Huang 0, Lao 0, Sheriff 0, Suarez 0, Subido 0

ADAMSON 64 – Nalos 18, Ochea 12, Garcia 8, Capote 7, Margalo 5, Villanueva 4, Miranda 3, Tungcab 3, Bernardo 2,  Sarr 2, Escalambre 0, Fernandez 0, Ng 0, Polican 0

BOX SCORES: 22-5, 28-25, 51-45, 70-64

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