Old reliables Daquioag, Ferrer bring UST to first

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 13, 2015 04:48 PM
Old reliables Daquioag, Ferrer bring UST to first
FIRST PLACE. UST is now alone atop the leaderboard courtesy of Ed Daquioag.

What was supposed to be a war for first in the UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Tournament instead became a war of attrition between the University of Sto. Tomas and the University of the Philippines.

In an ugly affair replete with missed shots and turnovers, it was the Growling Tigers who showcased a semblance of beauty in the form of their steady veterans who led them to a 67-59 victory versus the Fighting Maroons on Sunday at the MOA Arena.

In a fitting end to how the game played out, Ed Daquioag hit four free throws that proved the be the difference in the last two minutes where either side only made one field goal. All in all in the endgame, the Tigers made eight of 10 charities compared to five of eight by he Maroons.

The highly-hyped contest got off to a rough start with both teams only combining for 14 points in the opening salvo. The following 10 minutes weren’t any better with UST only ahead 21-15 heading into halftime.

UP finally found their bearings coming out of the dugout and ignited a 12-4 blast to claim the lead for the first time, 27-25. Still, Daquioag and Kevin Ferrer had the answer for the Tigers who went on a 12-4 run of their own to retake a 37-31 advantage late in the third.

The Maroons tied the game for the first time at 37 before Daquioag and Ferrer again carried UST into a 11-5 response for a 48-42 edge with 6:52 remaining. The season hosts threatened at just three points down a couple of times from that point, but found no old reliable like Daquioag to turn to.

Talking about the veteran forward who posted 27 points, his third straight 20-point game, coach Bong Dela Cruz said in his post-win interview, “Last year pa lang, nasa isip ko nang si Ed ang magdadala ng team kasama si Kevin.”

Ferrer added 16 markers of his own for the Tigers who remain undefeated at 3-0 while also moving to solo first.

Diego Dario’s 15 points bannered the effort for UP who suffered their first loss in three games.

BOX SCORES

UST 67 – Daquioag 26, Ferrer 16, Abdul 8, Vigil 4, Subido 4, Bonleon 3, Lee 3, Sheriff 2, Lao 0, Suarez 0, Huang 0

UP 59 – Dario 15, Desiderio 12, Manuel 9, Kone 6, Gallarza 5, Moralde 4, Vito 3, Juruena 3, Lim 2, Asilum 0, Harris 0, Longa 0, Amar 0, Prado 0, Jaboneta 0

BOX SCORES: 10-4, 21-15, 42-40, 67-59

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