Tigers growl again after Lee guns down Bulldogs

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 15, 2016 07:15 PM
Tigers growl again after Lee guns down Bulldogs
HEAR ME ROAR. Marvin Lee was on fire all game long and boosted UST back into the win column.

Things have not gone the way of University of Sto. Tomas for a while now – five straight games, to be exact – in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

That certainly wasn’t the case in the dying second of the third quarter when the Growling Tigers executed a play to perfection and Louie Vigil dished to Marvin Lee for a swishing three.

Lee then followed up his buzzer-beating three with two more triples and his 9-0 mini-run proved to be the pivotal push in UST’s well-earned 73-69 triumph over National University on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Behind the sophomore sharpshooter’s outburst, the Tigers’ four-point lead ballooned to a 60-47 score, all of a sudden, early in the final frame. “Sabi ko nga kay Marvin, itira mo lang. Mainit na mainit kasi si Marvin this game,” coach Boy Sablan said.

Still, the Bulldogs battled back to within five points inside the last three minutes only to be turned away by Lee and Vigil who connived for back-to-back short stabs that re-established a 71-62 advantage in favor of UST.

The 19-year-old wound up with 22 points, all but seven of which coming from long distance, to go along with three rebounds, three assists, and four steals to show the Tigers the way back into the win column. “Kailangan na kasi namin talaga ‘to,” he said after they put an end to their five-game losing skid.

Vigil added 20 points, seven rebounds, and five assists while Jon Sheriff copped 19 points, four assists, and six steals to help their team improve to 3-7. “Nagtrabaho ang mga bata at gusto nilang manalo. Pinakita nilang kaya nila,” Sablan said.

On the other hand, NU suffered their third straight setback and now drop to 4-5. Matt Salem led them in the losing effort with 20 points.


UST 73 – Lee 22, Vigil 20, Sheriff 19, Faundo 4, Lao 2, Arana 2, Subido 2, Basibas 2, Afoakwah 0, Huang 0, De Guzman 0, Macasaet 0

NU 69 – Salem 20, Aroga 13, Diputado R 12, Gallego 8, Sinclair 8, Alejandro 3, Salim 3, Mosqueda 2, Morido 0, Diputado C 0, Rangel 0, Go 0, Pate 0

QUARTER SCORES: 22-14, 34-34, 54-47, 73-69


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