Maroons fall to Tigers, 67-59; Tamaraw prevail
2 p.m. UE vs Adamson
4 p.m. NU vs Ateneo
ED Daquioag, who wants to make up for a forgettable season last year, led the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers to a 67-59 beating of the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The 6-foot shooting guard, who was out commission for most of the season because of an ankle injury, shot 27 points in leading the Growling Tigers into something they’re unfamiliar with in the 78th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.
His heroics in the fourth period, which saw Daquioag taking charge with 17 points, helped send the Growling Tigers to their third straight win, and into the solo lead.
This is a new experience for the Growling Tigers, who have never won three straight games since 1999, the season when UST marched to a 10-game winning streak.
UP, on the other hand, dropped to second at 2-1.
Daquioag began putting UST of range in the last 6:12 with the only triple he scored all afternoon.
This gave a UST a 51-44 lead, just enough room to keep the Fighting Maroons at bay in the remaining time.
The Maroons, who fell to second at 2-1, struggled to catch up, and managed to threaten, 52-55, behind a trey from Jose Manuel.
But after Daquiaog drove past Andres Desiderio in the last 1:48, the UST Growling Tigers kept their composure in the remaining time, forcing UP to four big turnovers in the ensuing plays.
Daquioag then handed UST a 7-point cushion, 61-54, in the final 38 seconds.
“It was a hard game, prepared din ang UP. Na-execute lang namin ang offense and defense namin,” said coach Bong de la Cruz.
De la Cruz said that Daquioag expressed his desire to lead the team with Kevin Ferrer, who tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Diego Dario had 15 points for the Maroonsm while Desiderio made 12.
“Iyung puso namin down the stretch, malaking bagay. The offense was there. Pero, iyung defense, ‘di puwede, off towards the end,” said UP coach Rensy Bajar after the team suffered its first defeat in three matches.
Meanwhile, the Far Eastern Univerity Tamaraws turned to their outside shooting,] and a big 20-0 blast in the third period to demolish the La Salle Green Archers, 93-75.
Roger Pogoy, who was in foul trouble with Axel Inigo early in the game, tallied a game-high 20 points for the Tamaraws, who went on to post their second straight triumph.