11 a.m. UP vs Adamson
4 p.m. La Salle vs Ateneo
SADDLED with fouls, Kevin Ferrer still found a way to score in the game’s crucial moments as University of Santo Tomas turned back the De La Salle University with a barrage of triples, 77-61, yesterday in the 78th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Ferrer top-scored for the Growling Tigers with 17 points, including a key triple in the final five minutes to trigger a huge rally, which helped the Growling Tigers post their fifth win in six games and gain a share of the lead with Far Eastern University.
His triple, one of 11 which UST connected, came after he committed his third foul midway in the second period, sparking a 12-2 run.
Kareem Abdul added five points during that UST counterattack that saw the Growling Tigers erase a 14-point, 16-30, deficit to inch to within two at the end of the second period.
“Depensa pa rin namin ito. Naka-execute kami. Nag-follow na lang ang offense,” said UST coach Bong de la Cruz.
La Salle, with Jeron Teng shooting 13, and Joshua Torralba adding 12, dropped to a 3-3 slate in a tie for third with National University.
Janus Suarez hit two of four triples in the last 6:08 of third, while Bonleon and Louie Vigil added two more as UST went on to grab the upperhand, 45-38.
“]Yun ang hinintay ko sa team, kailangan tumama ang mga tira nila. This game, tumama ang tira nila sa three-points,” added de la Cruz.
Another trey from Vigil with 2:21 remaining kept the UST in front by 10, 52-42, while another from Marvin Lee with 1:05 left stretched it to 13, 57-44.
Ed Daquioag, who had 11 points, drained another three-point bomb with 15.6 ticks left in the third as UST entered the fourth with a 60-46, lead.
Ferrer hit another one of his three treys at the start of the fourth, and UST’s lead ballooned to 17, 63-46.
He and Vigil fired two more triples in the remaining 6:31, as UST took a 19-point edge, 70-51, in the last 6:17.
Earlier, the Ateneo Blue Eagles crushed the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 56-43, to improve to 4-2.
Von Pessumal and Kiefer Ravena scored 11 points apiece for the Blue Eagles.
“Unlike in our last game, we did not allow them to score 11 points in the first two quarters this time,” said Blue Eagles coach Bo Perasol.
The win was Ateneo’s 12th straight win over UP since 2009.
The Maroons, meanwhile, took their fourth straight defeat against only two wins to remain at the bottom of the standings.