With Jeric Teng out due to a partial tear on his MCL, the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers showed their deep bench as they man handled the University of The East Red Warriors yesterday in their first round match-up in the UAAP Season 75 Men's Basketball that was held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The final score was 85-69 in favor of the Tigers.
The Tigers banked on the terrific performances of the former JRU Light Bomber superstar Louie Vigil and the UST Tigercub superstar MVP Kevin Ferrer to set off the void that was left by Jeric Teng. Ferrer exploded for 16 points while Vigil had 13 points. The two had a combined output of 29 big points.
Right from the very start of the game, the Tigers showed their mastery over the Red Warriors as they went on to have a 7-0 run in the first few minutes of the 1st Quarter. Kim Lo and Karim Abdul led the charge for the Tigers in the earlier parts of this game. Since then they never looked back to the Red Warriors as they continued to put the pedal to the metal.
As a proof, you may take a look at the scoring per quarter: 15-11, 41-23, 60-43, 85-69 UST won all the quarters. They in fact outscored UE in each of the quarters.
The very consistent Karim Abdul was the one who contributed heavily for the Tigers all throughout the game as he had a big double-double performance, 20 points, 19 rebounds and 2 blocks.
JR Sumido of UE tried to help the cause of the Red Warriors as he sank numerous three pointers a la Allan Caidic in the 2nd half, but he fell short because of the overwhelming offensive prowess of UST.
The Tigers now have 4 wins and 1 loss. They will face UP and Adamson in their next games.
UE meanwhile is still win-less with 0-4 win-loss record.
With the fine showing of Vigil and Ferrer, losing Teng for a couple of more games won't be a big problem for UST. Resting him will definitely speed up his recovery.
Coach Pido Jarencio praised UST's second stringers because of their fine performance in this game. Highlighting the fact that his bench players seized the opportunity to shine.
University of Santo Tomas (UST) 85: Abdul 20, Ferrer 16, Vigil 13, Mariano 12, Daquioag 6, Fortuna 5, Pe 4, Lo 3, Bautista 3, Afuang 2, Garrido 1, Tan 0, Haingan 0
University of The East (UE) 69 : Sumido 20, Sumang 13, Galanza 10, Santos 9, Javier 7, Valdez 3, Mena 2, Hernandez 2, Flores 2, Duran 1, Alberto 0, Belleze 0, Villarias 0, Razon 0, Duncil 0
Scoring per quarter: 15-11, 41-23, 60-43, 85-69