Ferrer and Daquioag, UST's new lethal combo
Paul Lintag on Sep 05, 2015 08:17 PM
THE KING AND I. King Tiger Kevin Ferrer will always be a force for UST but with his more than capable sidekick in Ed Daquioag doing more damage, their team can legitimately think of the Final Four as a realistic goal.
Kevin Ferrer was always behind someone. He was behind Jeric Fortuna, Jeric Teng and even Aljon Mariano.
Ed Daquioag had it worse, serving as backup until he slowly made a name for himself starting last season.
That is no longer the case this year.
Having a tougher-than-expected challenge from a young Adamson squad, Ferrer and Daquioag took matters into their own hands and combined for 52 points in a 70-64 UST win to open Season 78.
Ferrer, the undisputed King Tiger, struck first, scoring 12 of his 24 points in the first half before deferring to Daquioag in the second for the finishing kick. Daquioag scored a UAAP career-high 28 points, 22 in the last two quarters including a beautiful double-pump jumpshot that proved to be the dagger, to lead the team.
"Sinabi samin ni coach na wala namang ibang magdadala ng team kung hindi kaming dalawa ni [Kevin Ferrer]," Daquioag told ABS-CBN Sports referring to the crucial third quarter that saw them score 18 of 23 UST points to create some separation from the Falcons.
With Karim Abdul not yet at 100% and Louie Vigil and Kent Lao having off-games, the timing for the duo's explosion couldn't have been any better.
And trust is a big part of their surpringsingly lethal combination. "Parang magkapatid na turing namin sa isa't-isa eh, ilang years na din kami magkasama kailangan na talaga namin buhatin yung team," Ferrer added.
With bigger challenges lurking in the shadows starting with the FEU Tamaraws in their very next game, Ferrer and Daquioag look to take the Tigers as far as they can go. "Malaki din 'yung kumpiyansa na binibigay ni coach sa amin, hopefully ma-continue namin hanggang matapos 'yung season," Daquioag added.
With key pieces from their two finals appearances going out one by one, Ferrer and Daquioag have no plans of spending their final season with the Growling Tigers without a fight.
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