UAAP By the Numbers: Finals Game 2
Paolo Mariano on Nov 30, 2015 12:21 AM
Kevin Ferrer scored 24 points in the third quarter—the most by any player since the UAAP used computer-based statistics in 2003.
As the way it should be, Season 78 will be decided by a winner-take-all match. The University of Santo Tomas (UST), ever so stubborn and insisting, staved off death by clinching Game 2 in electrifying fashion. Far Eastern University (FEU) had its chances in endgame to take home the title but it wasn’t meant to be.
Coaches always say that in the finals, statistics aren’t important. But numbers still tell a lot and aid in adjustments and preparation. In Game 1, the Growling Tigers were outrebounded by 24, acknowledging that it’s a department they have to iron out. They still lost in the boards in Game 2 but they did a lot better job in gang rebounding, with seven players collecting at least four caroms each.
Game 3 sure promises to be another memorable one with UST and FEU battling it out for all the marbles. Will the Tamaraws clinch title No. 20? Or will the Growling Tigers complete a magical season?
The number of points scored by FEU—its lowest output in four years. The Tamaraws also talied 56 markers in a loss to De La Salle University in September 2012. The team’s league-leading offense of 74.7 PPG on 40.6% shooting was annihilated by the desperate UST crew. The Tamaraws shot an anemic 16-of-59 from the field or 27.1%, a far cry from their 40% marksmanship in Game 1. The scrambling, pressure defense of the Growling Tigers made life difficult for the Tams all game long.
The number of points scored by Kevin Ferrer in the third quarter—the most by any player since the UAAP used computer-based statistics in 2003. The silky smooth forward’s explosion will be definitely talked about in the years to come. A singular moment in his impressive UAAP career. He singlehandedly carried the Growling Tigers and salvaged their title hopes. Ferrer outscored the entire Tamaraws in the third period by 13 points, punctuated by six straight three-pointers. The lanky leader tied his career-high with 29 markers.
The number of times the UAAP finals has extended to a Game 3. Excluding this year, UST has been involved in five of those instances, winning thrice en route to the coveted crown. FEU, on the other hand, has only played in a Game 3 once, losing to National University last season. The 2004 finals between the Tamaraws and the Green Archers actually went to a deciding Game 3 but the meeting was eventually nullified after it was discovered that La Salle fielded ineligible players.
The number of turnovers by UST. Aside from Ferrer’s otherworldly offensive performance, the España-based squad escaped elimination by taking care of the ball. In the finals, every possession is precious. In contrast, FEU coughed the ball up 16 times, resulting to 14 turnover points for the Growling Tigers. UST’s slew of veterans ably held the fort as they displayed poise and composure amid a late surge by FEU. The Growling Tigers averaged only 16.4 errors per game in the elimination round, tops in the league.
The number of field goals made by Mike Tolomia. If Ferrer waxed hot from the field, Tolomia went ice cold. He muffed all his 15 attempts, five in the payoff period. He had several good looks throughout the contest but just simply couldn’t find the bottom of the net. Such a sorry time for the do-it-all guard to lose his shooting touch. It’s the second time this season he failed to drain a single basket. He went 0-of-11 versus University of the East last month.