UST's Kevin Ferrer goes for a jumper against UP. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – University of Sto. Tomas (UST) dug itself out of an 11-point hole and shut down University of the Philippines (UP) for seven minutes in the fourth period to orchestrate a 73-57 beatdown against the Diliman-based dribblers in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament on Saturday.
The Growling Tigers unleashed a blistering 20-0 windup down the stretch to knock the wind out of the Fighting Maroons.
It was UP’s 5th straight loss this season and 26th defeat overall in a lingering slump that started back in 2012.
Karim Abdul led UST with 18 points to go with his 8 rebounds. Louie Vigil had 17 and 4, while Aljon Mariano added 10 markers and 6 caroms.
The Fighting Maroons appeared to have found the Growling Tigers’ weak spot when they topped UST with a double digit lead in the first two quarters.
But the España-based dribblers made a nice push toward the end of the second quarter to pull within 36-39 at the break.
Vigil and Abdul then partnered to unreel a 10-0 run that pushed UST ahead, 51-45, in the third canto. The Maroons then mounted a 7-0 fightback capped by Diego Dario’s back-to-back baskets that helped UP reclaim a slim 54-53 lead.
That was the last time the Maroons saw themselves ahead as the Growling Tigers shut down the formers’ offense while firing 20 unanswered points in a span of 7 minutes.
A pair of three pointers from Vigil and Mariano late in the game sealed UST’s third win in 4 starts.
Dave Moralde led the Maroons with 15 points and 5 rebounds. JR Gallarza added 10 markers and 6 rebounds.