UAAP Season 75: Tigers slay another favorite

29 07 2012

After losing a heartbreaker in their opening game of the Season 75 of the UAAP against the FEU Tamaraws, the UST Growling Tigers have 2 defeated two Season 75 favorites in a row highlighted by great comebacks from large deficits.  First, they beat 5-peat seeking Ateneo Blue Eagles last week by rallying from a 15 point half-time deficit to score an awe-inspiring 71-70 win. Yesterday, they cemented their status as one of the teams to watch as they gave the NU Bulldogs a lesson on resiliency as they trailed the whole game and were down 53-63 at one point in the final period before clawing back and winning 77-71.

Jeron Teng conspired with Aljun Mariano, Kevin Ferrer, Melo Afuang and Karim Abdul in a blistering 15-3 run to take the lead at 68-66 from a ten-point deficit.  Teng scored 6 points behind two booming treys in that run.  Bobby Ray Parks Jr. temporarily stopped the bleeding for Bulldogs by making 3-point shot to bring back the lead to NU 69-68.  The Growling Tigers responded with a game-ending 7-0 run for 75-69 lead. After 2 free throws by both teams the score in the end was 75-69 in favor of UST.

Teng led the Tigers with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Karim Abdul had a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds along with 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.  UST dominated the boards 54-43 with Ferrer and Mariano grabbing 8 boards a piece.

Parks as usual led the Bulldogs with 25 points, 4 boards, 4 assists, 1 steal and 3 blocked shots. NU shot themselves in the foot by missing half of their 24 free throws. Parks and Joshua Alolino each had 4 misses at the charity stripe .

The win moved UST to 2-1 while dropping NU to 2-2.

In the first game, Ateneo walloped rivals La Salle, 71-61.

Team Standings as of July 28, 2012
Team Wins Losses
Far Eastern University Tamaraws 3 0
Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles 3 1
University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers 2 1
De la Salle University Green Archers 2 2
National University Bulldogs 2 2
University of the Philippinesl Fighting Maroons 0 2
Adamson University Soaring Falcons 0 2
University of the East Red Warriors 0 2

The scores:

UST 77: Teng 21, Abdul 11, Mariano 10, Fortuna 10, Ferrer 8, Bautista 7, Afuang 6, Lo 4, Vigil 0, Pe 0, Daquioag 0

NU 71: Parks 25, Mbe 13, Alolino 13, Javillonar 11, Villamor 5, Rosario 3, Ignacio 1, Rono 0, Neypes 0, Khobuntin 0, De Guzman 0, Betayene 0

Quarter scores: 15-21, 36-41, 53-60, 77-71

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