‘Co-MVP’ Ferrer shines bright for UST, shows way to Game Three
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 28, 2015 06:55 PM
BACK IN GOLDEN FORM. Kevin Ferrer was a man possessed in the third quarter as he led UST in forcing a winner-take-all Game Three.
Hailed by the award-winner himself as his co-MVP, Kevin Ferrer looked nothing but in the first half of Game Two in the Finals of the UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The “co-MVP” struggled in only mustering four points and only making one of his eight attempts in the initial two quarters. Still, his and University of Sto. Tomas’ faith never wavered as he shared, “Nung halftime, nag-usap kami na focus lang at i-enjoy lang yung game.”
The unwavering faith finally lit a fire in Ferrer and in turn, he lit up all of his defenders to the tune of 29 big points to lead University of Sto. Tomas to a much-needed triumph over Far Eastern University, 62-56, at the Araneta Coliseum, Saturday.
The Growling Tigers’ captain was limited to a solitary point in the last 10 minutes, but his 24-point eruption in the third quarter paved the way for his squad to finally show some life in the championship series. “Nagpapasalamat lang din ako sa teammates ko kasi binibigyan nila ako ng tiwala,” he said.
The Tamaraws were again in total control, leading 30-21 by intermission until Ferrer took over and had all but two of his team’s 26 points in the third. UST’s versatile forward outscored by his lonesome their opponents who only had 11 points in the quarter.
FEU regained control courtesy of six unanswered points from Raymar Jose that gave them back a 54-50 lead inside the last five minutes. However, the Tigers would only allow two more points from their opponents the rest of the way to finalize a winner-take-all Game Three on Saturday at the MOA Arena.
Karim Abdul and Ed Daquioag also ended in double-digits to put the smiles back in their faces as well as the Espana faithful. “Nung first game, nawala yung enjoyment namin. So sabi ko lang, ngiti lang tayo,” coach Bong Dela Cruz said.
Enjoying is definitely far from the minds of the Tamaraws who were unable to take advantage of a 1-0 series lead for the second season in a row. Mac Belo and RR Pogoy scored 16 and 12 points, respectively, but Mike Tolomia turned in a horrible outing with only seven points in 0/15 shooting and six turnovers.
UST 62 – Ferrer 29, Abdul 11, Daquioag 10, Vigil 5, Bonleon 3, Lao 2, Lee 2, Faundo 0, Huang 0, Sheriff 0
FEU 56 – Belo 16, Pogoy 12, Jose 9, Tolomia 7, Inigo 5, Orizu 3, Dennison 2, Tamsi 2, Arong 0, Escoto Ri 0, Escoto Ru 0, Trinidad 0
QUARTER SCORES: 13-20, 21-30, 47-41, 62-56
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