Ferrer scores career high as UST returns to Final Four
Paul Lintag on Oct 25, 2015 07:56 PM
WELCOME BACK. The Growling Tigers, behind Kevin Ferrer's new career high are back in the postseason.
Some of the ghosts from last season have officially been exorcised.
The UST Growling Tigers re-asserted their mastery over the UP Fighting Maroons after an 83-76 decision in the second round of UAAP 78 at the MOA Arena, Sunday.
Not only was it UST's 18th straight win over State U, the longest active streak in the UAAP, the Tigers' 9th victory of the season marked their successful return to the Final Four after the horror of last year.
After a "lack of heart" in their previous loss to Ateneo, the Tigers seemed to have found their groove again although they still remain cautious moving forward.
"Sa board namin nakasulat 'no heart no chance' tinanggal ko yung heart," head coach Bong Dela Cruz said. "Nag-respond yung mga bata bakit daw wala so sabi ko edi isulat nila yun. Sila nagsabi nun, sila naglaro."
Kevin Ferrer certainly had lots of heart as he poured a career-high 29 points, 23 in the second half, to go along with a season-high 14 rebounds in the win - a nice bounce back from his previous outing where he only had one field goal.
Louie Vigil also had a good game for the Tigers, finishing with 16 markers while Ed Daquioag added 15.
UST controlled the entire game from the start, leading by as much as 12 and only allowing two deadlocks. The Tigers repeatedly kept UP at bay and had an answer to every run the Maroons tried to make.
Jett Manuel scored 21 to keep the season hosts afloat in the losing effort.
UST (83) - Ferrer 29, Vigil 16, Daquioag 15, Abdul 10, Lao 7, Lee 3, Subido 3.
UP (76) - Manuel 21, Amar 12, Dario 11, Desiderio 10, Asilum 5, Jaboneta 5, Moralde 4, Vito 4, Gallarza 2, Kone 2.
QUARTER SCORES: 15-11, 38-35, 61-51, 83-76.
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