UAAP 82: Abando announces arrival in UST's takedown of UE
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 04, 2019 12:42 PM
(Photo by Arvin Lim)
Recruits and returnees alike came to play for University of Sto. Tomas as they came out on top of fellow upstart University of the East, 95-82, in the first game day of the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament, Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum.
First-year player Rhenz Abando made quite the first impression with 22 points built on five triples, CJ Cansino and Brent Paraiso made quite the return, and the undersized Growling Tigers made quite the tournament debut with a convincing victory versus the Red Warriors even after they unleashed 6-foot-8 Alex Diakhite.
Coach Aldin's wards were way ahead by 23 in the final frame, but UE rose up for a rally behind prized rookie Harvey Pagsanjan and Rey Suerte, nearing to just 10, 80-90, inside the last two minutes.
It was at that point, however, that Mark Nonoy, another one of UST's ready rookies, hit a booming triple to put his side back up, 93-80.
Not long after, they were celebrating a well-earned win to begin their quest for a return to the Final Four.
In the end, that three was Nonoy's only points in the game to go along with eight rebounds. Cansino and Paraiso also brought big-time contributions with the former finishing with nine points, eight rebounds, and five assists in his first game back from an ACL injury and the latter ending with 10 markers and seven boards in his first game back since transferring from De La Salle University.
Beninese Soulemane Chabi Yo also added a 19-point, 12-rebound double-double all while doing his best to hold his own against the bigger Diakhite.
UE's Senegalese powerhouse posted a 20-point, 21-rebound double-double while Cebuano transferee Suerte chimed in 23 markers, eight boards, four assists, and two steals and Hope Christian High School standout Pagsanjan chipped in 15 points of his own.
UST 95 - Abando 22, Chabi Yo 19, Paraiso 10, Concepcion 10, Cansino 9, Subido 5, Cuajao 5, Cosejo 5, Ando 4, Nonoy 3, Huang 3, Pangilinan 0, Bataller 0.
UE 82 - Suerte 23, Diakhite 20, Pagsanjan 15, Mendoza 10, Tolentino 6, Abanto 5, Manalang 3, Apacible 0, Antiporda 0, Sawat 0, Conner 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 27-19, 51-39, 69-52, 95-82.
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