UST tastes loss to SWU in OT, faces Eagles today
THE University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers had its four-game winning streak snapped by the South Western University Cobras after clinching its first win, 93-91, in an overtime period in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL), November 25, 2012 at FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The Tigers played without the presence of center Karim Abdul and wingman Kevin Ferrer, prior to Coach Pido’s decision in order for them to condition themselves for the finals and also to give way for the recovery of Abdul’s knee injury.
Coming with double digit markers were Aljon Mariano and Jeric Teng with both a game-high of 20 points and 19 boards combined. However, it wasn’t enough to outlast Cobra’s Benoit Mbala who amassed 41 markers with 16 rebounds and a shooting average of 48.1% in the field.
With only a few seconds left in the game clock, Teng was able to equalize the score, 77 all, which sent the game to overtime.
And so with the granted extension, the Tigers were able to trim the lead and even tie the ball game at 89 all with 1:04 remaining. Unfortunately, Monbert Arong drilled a crucial trey that gave back the lead to the Cobras, 92-89, forcing UST to call a timeout.
With less than 30 seconds left, Melo Afuang managed to put in a basket from an inbound play which closed the gap to just 1 point with 26 seconds remaining. Teng forced a quick foul on Mbala which sent him to the line, shooting 1 out of 2.
11 ticks were left in the game clock when Fortuna attempted a game winning three pointer, unfortunately it came up short and time expired.
It had been a head-to-head game between both teams until the fourth period; however it took until overtime for the Cobras to seal the game.
“Mas maganda na yung dito natalo kaysa sa finals,” Coach Pido said.
However, this loss from the Cobras will not affect the standing of UST who is already finals-bound. The best of three series of the PCCL Finals will start today, November 27, at the FilOil Flying V Arena. The Tigers will once again face-off with UAAP 75 men’s basketball champion, the Ateneo Blue Eagles. Will it be revenge for the Tigers or a repeat for the Eagles?
“Kahit sino makalaban namin, handa kami,” said Coach Pido.
Tigers’ scores: Teng 20, Mariano 20, Bautista 14, Afuang 10, Pe 8, Fortuna 7, Lo 4, Vigil 3, Garrido 3, Hainga 2, Villar 0, Daquioag 0
Cobras’ scores: Mbala 41, Arong 17, Guillena 11, Bregondo 11, Nalos 6, Aboude 5, Dedace 2, Goloran 0, Ortuyo 0
Quarter scores: 22-16, 39-40, 56-57, 77-77 (reg), 91-93 (OT)
By Josiah Darren G. Saynes
Photo taken by Matthew David P. Dulay