Ferrer and Vigil's short-term memory allow big bounce back vs. UP
Paul Lintag on Oct 25, 2015 11:44 PM
Kevin Ferrer and Louie Vigil had lots of heart and shooting vs. UP after coming up short against Ateneo.
Good thing Kevin Ferrer and Louie Vigil have short-term memories.
After his worst game of the season last outing, Ferrer bounced back big time against the UP Fighting Maroons that simply had to answer for his two-way exploits.
Ferrer finished with a new career-high of 29 points and a season-high 14 rebounds to lead the Growling Tigers back to the Final Four with an 83-76 win.
Limited to only one field goal against Ateneo last Wednesday, Ferrer made his first two shots and poured 23 points in the second half.
"Bumawi si Kevin. As the leader of the team yun ang kailangan niya gawin eh," head coach Bong Dela Cruz said. "Last game disappointed si Kevin sa performance niya so ngayon binawi niya."
For his part, Ferrer said it was all about coming back stronger, adding that the game takes a whole other level in the second round.
With the Final Four goal sealed, the King Tiger is looking for a twice-to-beat advanage first before looking at the title and a possible MVP award.
"Step-by-step yung gagawin namin. Kailangan muna namin makuha yung 1-2 spots," Ferrer said. "Goal ko talaga this year, bago ako umalis is makapag-champion. Nung juniors wala pa eh hanggang ngayon."
Coming off a cold-shooting game, Vigil put in the work early before allowing Ferrer to take over the second half against UP on his way to scoring 16 points.
Vigil said it was a more conscious effort for the veterans to step up in this game and it clearly showed.
With an inconsistent year compared to last season, Vigil added that he does not mind it at all as long as they keep winning.
"Hindi ko iniisip na slow start ako as long as nananalo yung team. Kampante na ako noon," Vigil told ABS-CBN Sports. "Pinakita naming players pati na din yunf coaches na nadoon yung puso at kaya namin mag-regroup agad-agad."
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