UST poses problems for UP anew, forces do-or-die for UAAP 82 Finals berth

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 10, 2019 06:38 PM
UST poses problems for UP, forces do-or-die for Finals berth
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University of Sto. Tomas still has the University of the Philippines' number even now in the stepladder playoffs of the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament.

Forcing their opponents to play at their pace all game long, the Growling Tigers ran circles all around the Fighting Maroons for a dominant 89-69 decision, Sunday at Araneta Coliseum.

Season MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo showed the way with a 17-point, 15-rebound double-double to go along with four steals and two assists, but Rhenz Abando, Mark Nonoy, and CJ Cansino were right by his side as they took away State U's twice-to-beat advantage and teed up a do-or-die match between the two teams on Wednesday at MOA Arena.

UST was in complete command right from tip-off and, as always, buried its opponent with a barrage of triples. "It's all about execution - execution both on offense and defense. Lahat ng instructions ko, sinunod ng players," head coach Aldin Ayo said as they totaled 11 makes from deep.

And with UP rallying late, they again went back to their tried and tested weapon as back-to-back treys from Sherwin Concepcion and Nonoy detonated a 16-2 blast in a three-minute span that re-increased their lead from just nine, 72-63, to as big as 20, 85-65.

The Growling Tigers would not look back and now need just one more win to return to the Finals for the first time since 2015.

In the end, Nonoy had 16 points, four assists, four rebounds, and two steals while Concepcion had 12 markers of his own.

Cansino also added 11 points and three rebounds while Renzo Subido contributed eight markers and 12 assists.

Still, this is exactly why Fighting Maroons had their sights set on a twice-to-beat advantage all season long. In the fourth try, they will hope to finally find an answer for their rivals from Espana.

Juan Gomez de Liano turned in his best game of the season in this one with 20 points while Bright Akhuetie posted his own 19-marker, 18-board double-double.


UST 89 - Abando 17, Chabi Yo 17, Nonoy 16, Concepcion 12, Cansino 11, Subido 8, Ando 4, Huang 2, Paraiso 2, Bataller 0.

UP 69 - Ju. Gomez de Liano 20, Akhuetie 19, Rivero 12, Paras 9, Webb 4, Ja. Gomez de Liano 3, Tungcab 2, Jaboneta 0, Mantilla 0, Manzo 0, Murrell 0, Prado 0, Spencer 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 19-13, 41-24, 60-47, 89-69.


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