UAAP 82: Subido shoots down UP, shoots UST to first Finals since 2015
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 13, 2019 06:34 PM
(Photo by Arvin Lim)
Renzo Subido decided to take the biggest shot thus far in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament and in doing so, took University of Sto. Tomas' fate in his own hands.
Launching the long-range missile that erased a two-point deficit in the last minute and eventually ended as the go-ahead basket, Subido made the right decision that propelled the Growling Tigers past the University of the Philippines, 68-65, Wednesday at MOA Arena and into the Finals.
In the end, the graduating guard had 14 points to his name to go along with four rebounds and two assists.
Behind him, the black and gold re-asserted their mastery over the Fighting Maroons - with the former going a perfect 4-0 against the latter in the tournament.
This last one definitely didn't come easy, as Kobe Paras' two-handed throwdown put State U up, 65-61, with under two minutes left.
After the two teams traded defensive stops, Rhenz Abando finished a fastbreak with a lay-up to pull UST within two, 63-65.
And after they forced another defensive stop, the Growling Tigers put the ball in Subido's hands and he only came through for them.
Alone on an island with Nigerian powerhouse and last year's MVP Bright Akhuetie, he decided to launch a long-range missile from Steph Curry-range.
Not long after, the ball found the bottom of the net.
Still, there were 23.6 ticks to go on the clock and Paras had a good look from the right corner.
The first-year forward bobbled the ball, though, but also recovered in time to throw a lob to Javi Gomez de Liano.
With a good look of his own, Javi GDL's shot was too strong.
Two free throws from Soulemane Chabi Yo and a missed triple try by James Spencer later and fourth-seeded UST sealed the deal on an improbable run to the Finals where they will duel two-time defending champion Ateneo de Manila University.
In the end, Chabi Yo had a 22-point, 16-rebound double-double while Mark Nonoy and Abando also added 12 and 11 markers, respectively.
The Growling Tigers now turn their attention to a best-of-three championship round opposite the undefeated Blue Eagles. This will be their first time there since 2015.
On the other hand, UP's historic second-seed and twice-to-beat advantage proved to be all for naught as they lost back-to-back games in the stepladder playoffs.
Akhuetie topped the scoring column for them in this one with 16 points to go along with 17 rebounds, four assists, and two steals while Jun Manzo turned in 12 markers and five boards in his last game in maroon and green.
UST 68 - Chabi Yo 22, Subido 14, Nonoy 12, Abando 11, Ando 3, Cansino 2, Concepcion 2, Paraiso 2, Bataller 0, Huang 0.
UP 65 - Akhuetie 16, Manzo 12, Rivero 12, Ju. Gomez de Liano 8, Paras 8, Spencer 3, Ja. Gomez de Liano 2, Prado 2, Webb 2, Murrell 0, Tungcab 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 18-6, 29-28, 49-44, 68-65.
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