Tigers survive Red Warriors scare for back-to-back wins

Mark Escarlote on Feb 15, 2017 12:21 PM
Tigers survive Red Warriors scare for back-to-back wins
University of Sto. Tomas scores its second win in a row.

University of Sto. Tomas flirted with disaster before pulling through to spoil the career game of University of the East team captain Edward Camposano with a 28-26, 19-25, 23-25, 25-23, 15-7, win Wednesday for back-to-back wins in the 79th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.

Tigers coach Odjie Mamon was far from satisfied with his team’s second straight win in three games that tied the Espana-based squad with National University and Far Eastern University.

“During the game ginigising ko lang sila kasi tulog pa eh. Mukhang nag-date kagabi (Valentine’s Day),” said Mamon, whose team will take on University of the Philippines next on Sunday.

The Tigers saw themselves down, 1-2, in the match and were in trouble in the fourth quarter before surviving the Red Warriors’ comeback attempt to send the game to a decider. UST was able to control the final set to hand UE its 31st straight defeat.  

Manuel Medinna led the Tigers with 20 points, 18 coming off kills, while Arnold Bautista had 16. Jayvee Sumagaysay scored 13 while Jerico Jose got 11 for UST, which outgunned the Red Warriors 60-54 in attacks but was way behind in kill blocks with UE scoring 16 compared to the Tigers’ seven. 

“Huli na lang noong nagising sila (sa blocking), ang simple-simple lang ng play na kalaban pinahirapan nila ang sarili nila,” lamented Mamon. “Madami ang block ng UE kasi taliwas sa instructions ko ang ginagawa nila.”

It was another sorry loss for the Red Warriors, who are down to 0-3 slate tied with Adamson.

Camposano’s career-high 32 points, including 28 coming off attacks and 11 excellent receptions, went down the drain.

Samuel Lelic had six kill blocks for 11 points while Noel Alba had 10 for the Red Warriors, who will take on Far Eastern University on Saturday.





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