Hot-shooting Tigers, Tamaraws in spotlight
TWO of the shootingest teams in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball competition will again lean on their long guns when they take on separate opponents starting at 2 p.m. today at the Araneta Coliseum.
Up first will be the hot-shooting University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, who will battle the University of the East Warriors at 2 p.m., while the Far Eastern University Tamaraws meet last year’s champions National University Bulldogs in the 4 p.m. schedule.
With their outside shooting clicking, Tigers and the Tamaraws currently share the top spot on similar 5-1 cards, something that their coaches would want to preserve for as long as possible.
“Iyun ang hinintay ko sa team. Ang shooting nila kailangang tumama,” said UST coach Bong dela Cruz, whose Tigers buried seven three-pointers in the third quarter en route to an impressive 77-61 victory over the La Salle Green Archers a week ago, translated into an 11-of-24 clip from the three-point line overall.
The Tamaraws, meanwhile, are also putting a premium on shooting, as FEU coach Nash Racela said that his players are now spending extra time honing their shooting skills during practices in preparation against the equally-prolific Bulldogs.
“Nagbubunga na iyung ginagawa nila sa practice,” said Racela.
It will be recalled that it was Mike Tolomia’s trey with 41.8 seconds left which carried the Tamaraws to a 60-58 win over Adamson recently.