Tiger Cubs growl back to life after big-time upset of Baby Tams

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 24, 2017 01:51 PM
Tiger Cubs growl back to life after upset of Baby Tams
UPSET THEN AN UPSET. FEU has made a habit of downing more favored opponents in recent weeks, but this time, they were at the wrong end of an upset.

TEAM STANDINGS
Adamson 9-1
NU 9-2
FEU-Diliman 8-3
Ateneo 5-5
UST 4-7
DLSZ 3-7
UPIS 3-7
UE 1-10

Fresh off victories versus league-leading Adamson High School and defending champion Nazareth School of National University, Far Eastern University-Diliman was looking to keep rolling in the UAAP 79 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

What the Baby Tamaraws didn’t know, however, was that University of Sto. Tomas had an ambush all set up for them.

Closing out the contest on with an unbelievable nine unanswered points, the Tiger Cubs came from behind to shock and then stop streaking Far Eastern University-Diliman, 54-52.

Cris Cansino poured in 20 points and also sparked the late spark that turned a seven-point deficit inside the last three minutes into a two-point win. Now through four games in the second round, he has been averaging 19.8 points all while leading UST to a 3-1 record.

The hot start in the second round has catapulted the Espana-based squad back into the thick of things now at 4-7.

While the first-year swingman has impressed, it was defense that gave UST the chance for an upset by holding their opponents to below 14 points in all of the first three quarters.

Also, the Tiger Cubs held their opponents into 27.9 percent shooting. With such disciplined defense, no Baby Tamaraw wound up in double-digits.

Jack Gloria, Xyrus Torres, and JJ Sapinit all scored nine points in FEU-Diliman’s losing effort. Upset from out of nowhere, they slipped back into third-place now at 8-3.

Meanwhile, NU bounced back mightily after their setback just three days ago by dropping a 51-point hammer on hapless University of the East, 107-56.

John Lloyd Clemente and Rhayyan Amsali broke free from their struggles and scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, to show the Bullpups the way back to solo second now at 9-2. They also had five other teammates in double-digits.

The latest loss was the Junior Warriors’ 10th in 11 games.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

UST 54 – Cansino 20, Baquial 9, Fornillos 7, Narvasa 7, Balingit 4, Ian 4, Morales 2, Vince 1, Dela Cruz 0, Ratuiste 0, Juan 0, Ballada 0, Villapando 0

FEU-DILIMAN 52 – Torres 9, Gloria 9, Sapinit 9, Baclay 7, Gabane 6, Gonzales 6, Celzo 2, Alforque Roy 2, Jabel 2, Roman 0, Abarrientos 0, Bieren 0, Alforque Ram 0, Boc 0

QUARTER SCORES: 12-9, 22-22, 36-36, 54-52

SECOND GAME

NU 107 – Clemente 15, Amsali 14, Tolentino 12, Penano 10, Panginlinan 10, Malonzo 10, Callejo 10, Peralta 6, Atienza 4, Coyoca 4, Dela Cruz 4, Mosqueda 4, Fortea 2, Sarip 2, Manalang 0

UE 56 – Dulalia 20, Vinte 14, Gonzales 7, Manaug 5, Angeles 5, Acuesta 5, Balundo 0, Ramos 0, Canton 0, Cruz 0, Domingo 0, Encelan 0, Po 0

QUARTER SCORES: 30-9, 60-16, 81-41, 107-56

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