UAAP: Subido shoots UST to shocker over FEU

UAAP: Subido shoots UST to shocker over FEU
Renzo Subido and UST bounced back big-time from their season-opening loss

The Aldin Ayo era of University of Sto. Tomas is finally on the board in the 81st Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.

With Renzo Subido on fire and their rookies on-point, the Growling Tigers finally roared for their first win right in the face of favored Far Eastern University, 76-74, on Tuesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Subido shot 25 percent from the field in their season opener, but undoubtedly bounced back in this one with 18 points in 6-of-17 shooting. “We played well,” head coach Aldin Ayo told reporters post-game.

He had much-needed help from first-year players CJ Cansino, Nat Cosejo, Germy Mahinay, Joshua Marcos, and Ken Zamora. “We are a very young team. Good thing na nalabas yung laro nila today,” coach Aldin said.

Behind total team effort, UST registered its first win in just its second game in the tournament – far better than last season’s performance when they had to wait until the very last game to celebrate a victory.

Ayo’s wards took control of the game in the second quarter, mounting a lead of as much as 14 points behind the exploits of rookie forward Marcos.

Of course, the Tamaraws would only keep coming and Prince Orizu carried them to as close as 71-72 with two minutes remaining.

From that point, however, the Growling Tigers defense stood strong and rookie center Mahinay and rookie guard Zamora delivered the goods at the other end for a 76-71 edge with 18.5 ticks to go.

Hubert Cani’s three and a defensive stop gave a FEU golden opportunity, but Arvin Tolentino’s triple try clanged off the ring just as time ran out.

In the end, Marcos had 12 points, three rebounds, and two assists while Cansino and Zamora combined for 12 markers, 13 boards, and three dimes.

Young bigs Mahinay and Cosejo then merged for two points and 15 rebounds while also doing their best up against Orizu who was having for himself a career game.

The Cameroonian paced the Tamaraws with a career-best 25 points on top of 15 rebounds and three blocks. Cani backstopped him with 15 markers, seven boards, and four assists.

Getting outworked by young UST, however, they suffered their first setback after a season-opening loss.

BOX SCORES

UST 76 – Subido 18, Lee 13, Marcos 12, Akomo 10, Huang 9, Cansino 7, Zamora 5, Mahinay 2, Cosejo 0, Cuanan 0, Bonleon 0

FEU 74 – Orizu 25, Cani 15, Escoto 13, Tolentino 6, Comboy 5, Parker 4, Tuffin 2, Ebona 2, Stockton 2, Inigo 0, Gonzales 0

QUARTER SCORES: 15-17, 39-32, 56-52, 76-74

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