Tigers, Eagles try to catch up with leading Tamaraws
2 p.m. • UP vs NU
4 p.m. • Ateneo vs UST
THE University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers and the Ateneo Blue Eagles clash today, each eyeing a win to get into a tie with pacesetting Far Eastern University Tamaraws (4-1) in the main offering in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The Growling Tigers take on each other at 4 p.m, right after the National University Bulldogs and the University of the Philippines battle at 2 p.m.
The Growling Tigers dropped back into a tie for second sy 3-1 after losing to the surging Bulldogs, 54-55, in a tightly-fought match.
“Nandoon kami. Lumaban. Breaks of the game. Lumaban naman ‘yung team pero masakit ‘yung talo. Bounce back na lang kami against Ateneo. Dito kami mag-gogrow,” said UST coach Bong de la Cruz.
Dela Cruz said Ed Daquiaog’s early quick two fouls were a big factor to the team’s loss--their first in four games.
The Blue Eagles, on the other hand, outlasted the University of the East Warriors, 77-72 to take their third win and tie the Growling Tigers at 3-1.
Ateneo coach Bo Perasol said he remains confident of his team’s capabalities, citing Von Pessumal’s good performance against the Warriors.
Pessumal shot 6 of 10 from the three-point range to finish with 21 points.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, hopes to put together a third straight win after three losses against a slumping Maroons, who dropped their last two games after hacking out two straight victories.