UAAP 82 By the Numbers: Roaring Final Four start for UST
Paul Lintag on Nov 07, 2019 12:32 PM
This year’s Final Four start has blessed UST, causing multiple “Go USTe!” chants to already break out. (Photo by Arvin Lim)
UAAP Season 82’s men’s basketball Final Four kicked off Wednesday and it was as good as one imagined it to be.
Well except if you’re an FEU fan, that is.
This year’s Final Four start has blessed UST, causing multiple “Go USTe!” chants to break out at the Big Dome.
The Growling Tigers are moving up the stepladder phase but before they do, it’s only right to do a By the Numbers take on their big win over the Tamaraws to start UAAP playoff basketball this year.
Playoff win for UST in 2019.
The last time the Growling Tigers won a playoff game, or even went to the playoffs for that matter, was in 2015 when the team led by the dynamic duo of Kevin Ferrer and Ed Daquioag made a Finals run only to lose to FEU in three games for the title.
Maybe this win over the Tamaraws is payback for that? Unlikely, but UST will take this win and move on for sure.
Total points in the first half for UST against FEU.
The Growling Tigers pounded FEU’s second-ranked defense with a furious blitz in the first half, almost ending the game outright with a barrage of three-point shots.
FEU would recover in the second half but UST’s 54-28 halftime lead was more than enough for the win.
Total points for UST’s Soulemane Chabi Yo.
As the first Growling Tigers MVP in one whole decade, Chabi Yo delivered a performance worthy of the award, pumping out a career-high 25 points on top of 11 rebounds, three assists, and one big win.
Total three-pointers for UST against FEU, nine coming in that white-hot opening half.
The Growling Tigers were definitely not gun shy, attempting 45 triples compared to just 28 for shots that only count for two.
UST shot 14/28 from two points and 14/45 from three for a total of 28/73 or 38.4 percent from the field. But 3s > 2s though.
Total wins by UST over UP this season.
The Growling Tigers have swept the Fighting Maroons this season and they’ll have to do it again as no. 2 UP holds a twice-to-beat advantage in the next level of the Final Four.
UST’s first knockout game against UP, and second overall in these playoffs, is set for Sunday at the Big Dome.
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