UAAP 82: Strong 2nd half keys UST rout of NU

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego, ABS-CBN Sports

Posted at Oct 19 2019 04:39 PM | Updated as of Oct 19 2019 07:12 PM

Photo by Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

University of Sto. Tomas remained entrenched at third-place in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament after routing National University, 88-76, Saturday at Ynares Center here.

CJ Cansino turned in the best game of his sophomore season with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals and towed the Growling Tigers to back-to-back wins and seventh overall in 12 games.

He definitely wasn't alone, though, as MVP contender Soulemane Chabi Yo, veteran playmaker Renzo Subido, super rookie Mark Nonoy, and inspired Rhenz Abando were right there with him as they ran over and gunned down the Bulldogs. "Lots of players stepped up. They just played basketball," head coach Aldin Ayo said post-game.

Those four, alongside many more, got together in what proved to be the killer blow for UST, a 21-10 rush that re-increased a 65-56 lead into double-digits, 86-66, with under three minutes left. "They were having fun out there. They enjoyed the game, but we know when they were doing that, may kasamang responsibility," coach Aldin said.

Read the entire recap on ABS-CBN Sports here.