Warriors go back-to-back by frustrating tamed Tigers

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 08, 2016 04:30 PM
Warriors go back-to-back by frustrating tamed Tigers
STREAKING. UE has moved out of the cellar of the standings.

Make another mark in the University of the East’s immediate goals in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Less than a week after finally getting on the win column, the Red Warriors are now on a winning streak after blitzing and never trailing against woeful University of Sto. Tomas, 71-61, on Saturday at the MOA Arena.

Now with back-to-back wins coming from 0-6, UE have moved out of the cellar of the standings. “That win against Adamson, we used it as a positive. We had to pick up from there,” coach Derrick Pumaren said, referring to their breakthrough win last Sunday.

Pumaren’s boys also dealt the Growling Tigers a fifth consecutive defeat and now stand on level ground with them for shared sixth.

That the two teams were trending in opposite directions was obvious from the get-go as the Warriors turned on the patented Pumaren press and shut down their opponents. Trailing by one early in the first, they went on a 26-6 tear that mounted a 35-16 advantage in the middle of the second.

“Like I told the boys in the pre-game, we’ve gotta come out and get the jump on them,” Pumaren said.

UE did just that and forced 32 turnovers, all but six coming in the first half, and eventually ended with a sizable 26-13 advantage in points off turnovers.

The lead stayed in double-digits for the remainder of the game as as UST would only be able to close the gap to 59-69. By then, it was already too late and the Warriors were well on their way to improving to 2-6.

Mark Olayon was the lone UE player in double-digits with 14 points, but he was part of a bench that outperformed their counterparts, 42-21.

Even with back-to-back wins, Pumaren acknowledged they still have a long way to go. As he put it, “We just have to come out and crawl out of the hole that we’re in right now. Hopefully, this is the start of something big for us.”

A hole is what the Tigers have dug for themselves with what was once a promising 2-1 start now long gone. Team captain Louie Vigil fronted their losing effort with 21 points, but also turned the ball over 10 times

BOX SCORES

UE 71 – Olayon 14, Pasaol 9, Charcos 9, Palma 8, Batiller 7, Bartolome 6, Manalang 4, De Leon 4, Varilla 4, Abanto 2, Derige 2, Gagate 2, Penuela 0

UST 61 – Vigil 21, Afoakwah 10, Faundo 10, Sheriff 5, Subudo 3, Basibas 3, Lao 2, Lee 2, De Guzman 2, Huang 2, Macasaet 1, Caunan 0

QUARTER SCORES: 23-13, 41-27, 59-47, 71-61

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