Smoking Subido gifts Sablan with first win as Tigers coach

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 10, 2016 05:02 PM
Smoking Subido gifts Sablan with first win as Tigers coach
RETURN OF THE COMEBACK. Renzo Subido turned in the best game of his his UAAP Seniors career nearly a year after suffering an ACL injury.

Forced to the sidelines for all of last year, Renzo Subido has come back with a vengeance now in the 79th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Raining down 26 points and showing no ill effects of the knee injury he sustained a year ago, Subido blazed the way for the Growling Tigers’ come-from-behind 88-87 victory versus University of the East on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

UST trailed as much as 15 in the first half and were still chasing down a three-point deficit late in the third before the sophomore sniper’s four-point play fronted a 21-6 blast that put them ahead, 78-66.

However, the Red Warriors battled back behind Bonbon Batiller who spearheaded the rally that pulled them to within 85-86 with 42 seconds to go. That was the closest they would come, however, as Marvin Lee and Reggie Boy Basibas converted on three-of-four charities to keep their opponents at bay.

Subido tallied his career-high in an efficient 56 percent shooting to go along with four rebounds. “Alam kong may mangyayari sa kanyang maganda this year. Talagang yan si Renzo Subido,” an appreciative coach Boy Sablan said in his post-game conference.

Jon Sheriff and Marvin Lee then chipped in 15 and 14 points, respectively, to help the Tigers barge into the win column following their season-opening defeat. Behind is blazing backcourt, Sablan got a taste of what it felt to win the country’s premiere collegiate league.

“God is good,” the rookie head coach expressed.

On the other hand, UE suffered their second straight setback even with balanced scoring led by Batiller and Nick Abanto who scored 15 points apiece.

BOX SCORES

UST 88 – Subido 26, Sheriff 15, Lee 14, Vigil 10, Macasaet 8, Basibas 4, Faundo 4, Lao 3, Bonleon 2, De Guzman 2, Afoakwah 0, Huang 0

UE 87 – Abanto 15, Batiller 15, Olayon 14, Palma 10, Pasaol 8, Bartolome 6, De Leon 4, Charcos 4, Manalang 4, Varilla 3, Armenion 2, Gagate 2, Derige 0, Larupay 0, Penuela 0

QUARTER SCORES: 16-24, 39-47, 69-64, 88-87

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