Tigers bow down to UE, suffer fourth straight loss
The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers continued its downward spiral as it failed to beat the University of the East Red Warriors, 61-71, in the second round of UAAP Season 79 men's basketball tournament today, Oct. 8, at Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City.
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The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers continued its downward spiral as it failed to beat the University of the East Red Warriors, 61-71, in the second round of the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament today, Oct. 8, at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City.
“32 turnovers, 16 miss sa free throws – ‘yun na ‘yung ‘storya. Ito na ang pinaka-worse (sic) na nangyari kasi kita na talagang wala akong player,” UST head coach Boy Sablan said.
The Tigers found their rhythm only in the second half as Jeepy Faundo unleashed an 8-4 run alone. However, it was not enough to chase UE’s 12-point lead in the third canto, 47-59.
Red Warrior Mark Olayon hosted the last period hurling a 6-1 blitz. UST attempted to trim the 17-point lead of UE with a 7-0 run from free throws capped by William Afoakwah’s four.
Olayon finalized the Red Warrior’s victory by cutting the Tigers’ streak in the last two minutes. Though King Tiger Louie Vigil sunk the last basket, the game still ended in favor of UE, 71-61.
The Red Warriors showed supremacy in the first quarter by burying a 10-point deficit, 23-13, fending off the Growling Tigers until the second set, 41-27.
Top-gunner Vigil dominated the game with 21 points and 4 rebounds followed by Afoakwah’s 10 points and 21 rebounds.
The España-based cagers dropped to a 2-6 win-loss card. However, Sablan believes that it is just “a matter of time” until the tables turn for the Tigers.
The UST Growling Tigers will try to end the drought in their next match against the Far Eastern University Tamaraws at the same Venue, Wednesday, Oct. 12.