UST completes eliminations sweep of FEU in UAAP 81

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 14, 2018 04:20 PM
UST completes eliminations sweep of FEU in UAAP 81
UST head coach Aldin Ayo still has the number of the Racela-coached FEU

The spotlight has been put on super rookie CJ Cansino and super returnee Renzo Subido in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. 

On Sunday at the MOA Arena, however, Marvin Lee made sure to remind everybody he’s still here, teaming up with Zachy Huang to tow the Growling Tigers to a well-earned 78-70 win against erstwhile league-leading Far Eastern University. 

Lee’s back-to-back triples ignited the pivotal push that turned a two-point deficit early in the final frame into a 65-54 advantage inside the last four minutes. “Lumabas yung laro ng mga bata. We’re grateful na kung ano yung pinaghandaan namin ay lumalabas,” head coach Aldin Ayo said. 

Huang also had a hand in that 16-3 run, with his four points there helping UST pull away from the Tamaraws all the way to a second straight win. 

In the end, Lee had 17 points and five assists while Huang had a career game with 20 markers and six rebounds. 

Cansino didn’t score that much with just five points, but still had 12 rebounds and three assists and Subido also added 14 markers of his own. 

The Growling TIgers also had much-welcome contributions from Germy Mahinay, one of the nine rookies of first-year head coach Aldin Ayo, who had 10 points and eight rebounds. 

With the win, they have secured solo fifth in the standings now at 4-4. “It’s still a long way to go. We're going to keep working hard,” coach Aldin said. 

Not only that, the win also completed an eliminations sweep for UST against FEU. 

The Tamaraws, coming off three wins in row including ones over title contenders Adamson University and Ateneo de Manila University, dropped down from the top spot now at 5-3. 

Richard Escoto topped the scoring column for them with 12 points. Arvin Tolentino chipped in an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double before incurring a disqualifying foul late in the game. 

BOX SCORES 

UST 78 – Huang 20, Lee 17, Subido 14, Mahinay 10, Cansino 5, Bataller 4, Caunan 2, Marcos 2, Bonleon 2, Cosejo 2, Zamora 0, Agustin 0 

FEU 70 – Escoto 12, Tolentino 11, Orizu 8, Stockton 8, Gonzales 7, Cani 6, Ebona 6, Comboy 5, Parker 3, Inigo 2, Bayquin 2, Tuffin 0 

QUARTER SCORES: 23-19, 37-33, 49-49, 78-70 

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