MANILA, Philippines – The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers are back on the winning track after beating the College of St. Benilde Blazers, 84-74, in the 10th Fr. Martin Collegiate Basketball Open last Sunday at the FEU gym.
The Tigers, coached by Estong Ballesteros, got big baskets from Kim Lo and Ed Daquioag as they bounced back from a 55-61 upset against the UP Fighting Maroons in their previous game.
Lo scored 22 points and Daquioag added 21 as UST picked up their second win in three games in Group B.
Meanwhile, Earl Thompson fired 17 points for the University of Perpetual Help-A Altas as they fended off the San Sebastian College-A Stags, 74-63, while Aziz Faycal Mbomiko unloaded 22 points in leading the Lyceum Philippines University-A Pirates past the UP Maroons, 83-77.
Thompson scored 11 of his 17 points in the final quarter as the Altas picked up their third straight win in Group B.
The Pirates, meanwhile, notched their third win in four outings to move behind the unbeaten Altas-A side in the standings.
In other matches, Jose Rizal University-B got 16 points from Schever Benavides to edge the Mapua Cardinals for their first win, and University of Perpetual Help-B outplayed San Sebastian College-B, 63-47.
In the women’s side, Ruthlaine Tacula scored 15 points for the University of the East as they beat Far Eastern University, 57-48.
The top four finishers in the two brackets will make it to the quarterfinal round of the tournament.