UAAP Jrs. basketball: UST notches third win in OT escape over FEU-Diliman

Mark Escarlote on Nov 29, 2017 01:45 PM
UST notches third win in OT escape over FEU-Diliman
University of Sto. Tomas turned back Far Eastern University-Diliman in overtime.

University of Sto. Tomas dealt defending champion Far Eastern University-Diliman its second straight defeat while bouncing back from a setback with an 82-79 escape in overtime in the 80th UAAP Juniors basketball tournament Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The Tigercubs staved off the Baby Tamaraws final push in the extension, putting up a crucial stop in the closing seconds for their third win in four outings after coming off their first loss of the season against National University over the weekend.

John Cansino put up a double-double performance with 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Espana-based squad but it was John Lina played the hero’s role in the last 20 seconds in the overtime after sinking a crucial putback that gave UST a three-point lead and put a stop on FEU’s rally.

The Tigercubs went ahead 80-73 to open the extra period before Daniel Celso and LJ Gonzales stepped up for the Baby Tams to cut their deficit to 80-79 with just 1:03 left. But Gonzales committed a sorry turnover with under a minute remaining when he was called for a dribbling violation on a one-on-one isolation play.

Lina scored on a putback on the other end before UST dodged a bullet after a miss triple by Gonzales, Bryn Sajonia got the ball back for FEU but was smothered by the Tigercubs’ defense as he shot an airball as time expired.

Kobe Palencia scored 16 points, Jules Anunciacion had 11 while Lina finished with 10 points and grabbed 12 boards for the Tigercubs.

UST had a 73-69 lead in the last 1:15 in the fourth before FEU scored four straight points after forcing the Tigercubs to commit back-to-back turnovers to tie the game at 73.

The Baby Tams bricked their last three attempts to close the regulation.

RJ Abarrientos led the 2-2 FEU with 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks. Royce Alforque had 14, Daniel Celso scored 11 while Sajonia had 10 for the Baby Tams.

Meanwhile, Ateneo de Manila University and National University remained perched on top of the standings after winning their fourth game in as manyt outings.

The Blue Eaglets destroyed University of the East, 97-47, while the Bullpups crushed Adamson, 92-82.  

De La Salle-Zobel barged in the win column with a 79-73 victory over University of the Philippines Integrated School and tied its victim at 1-3 mark.




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