The UST Tigers were able to escape from the scare that the FEU Tamaraws gave them in the last minutes of the 4th quarter. They triumphed over the Tamaraws via 77-73. The Tigers are now tied with the Tamaraws in the team standings. Both teams now have an 8-5 win-loss record.
With this very important win of UST, the no. 2 spot of the UAAP Final 4 is still open to them and to FEU provided that both them (vs. NU) and FEU (vs. DLSU) win their last elimination round games and hope that Adamson loses against Ateneo on Saturday. If all those things happen there will be a triple tie because all of them (Adamson, UST and FEU) will have a 9-5 win-loss record. The consequence of that triple tie is that the quotient system will have to be used to determine the team placings.
In the quotient system, UST and Adamson will battle it out for the right to be number 2 in the Final 4. The number 2 spot is important because it gives a twice to beat advantage to a team. The loser between UST and Adamson will drop down to number 3. FEU on the other hand will stay in the last Final 4 spot, the number 4 spot, because they have -15 quotient value in the quotient system. Take a look at the computations below for the quotient system and you'll see that FEU has the least quotient value compared to UST and Adamson.
Adamson: +12 (+18 vs. FEU; -6 vs. UST)
UST: +3 (+6 vs. AdU; -3 vs. FEU)
FEU: -15 (+3 vs. UST; -18 vs. AdU)
And on the other hand, if Adamson will be able to beat Ateneo on Saturday, Adamson will stay at the number 2 spot and Ateneo will not be able to sweep the Season and thus they will not have a thrice to beat advantage in the ladder format. There will be a regular Final 4 showdown wherein FEU at number 4 will go against the number 1 Ateneo who has a twice to beat advantage while UST will go against the number 2 Adamson who also has a twice to beat advantage. That will still be the case even if UST and FEU both win their remaining elimination round games.