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UP finally halts cardiac run, topples UST by 25 for 6-1 season start

JR Isaga
UP finally halts cardiac run, topples UST by 25 for 6-1 season start

FIGHTING FORM. UP star Carl Tamayo attempts a layup over the UST defense.

UAAP Season 85 Media Team

Zavier Lucero, Terrence Fortea, and an ailing Carl Tamayo power UP to its first comfortable winning margin this UAAP Season 85 against free-falling UST to end the first round

ANTIPOLO, Philippines – After six straight close finishes, the UP Fighting Maroons finally coasted to a comfortable 25-point blowout, 76-51, at the expense of the hapless UST Growling Tigers at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City on Saturday, October 22.

Terrence Fortea continued to fill in admirably for the ailing JD Cagulangan with a team-high 14 points on 3-of-5 shooting from three plus 3 rebounds and 3 assists, while Zavier Lucero completely filled the stat sheet with a massive line of 12 points, 5 boards, 4 dimes, 5 steals, and 3 blocks.

It was a woeful start straight from tip-off for UST as UP fired off a 14-2 start and practically never looked back.

With the Maroons still leading big at halftime, 38-24, Fortea added insult to injury by piling 11 of 14 of his points in the third period, peaking with his third triple at the 3:43 mark for the 28-point gap, 57-29.

Although UST breathed new life to its offense with a huge 20-3 response bridging the last two frames, UP head coach Goldwin Monteverde deployed back his Mythical Five stars Lucero and Carl Tamayo to conspire for a 13-0 finishing kick that pushed the Maroons out of harm’s way for good.

Tamayo, still reeling from a right ankle sprain, still provided a needed spark with 9 points in just as many minutes off the bench to help UP clinch a 6-1 record – momentarily above lone first-round tormentor NU (5-1).

“From our first game to definitely our last game today, we really improved a lot on how we start the game,” Monteverde said. “I think we just have to work on our consistency, on how we start. We have to be more organized as a team, especially in the middle of the second quarter.”

“Whatever happened in the first round, we’d work on it as a team.”

Adama Faye returned from a one-game suspension with game-highs of 15 points and 13 rebounds in the Tigers’ sixth straight loss to drop to a 1-6 slate. Nic Cabañero – still heavily checked since his 33-point debut – limped to a 14-point finish on 6-of-17 shooting.

The Scores

UP 76 – Fortea 14, Lucero 12, Abadiano 9, Tamayo 9, Andrews 7, Alarcon 5, Diouf 4, Spencer 3, Ramos 3, Eusebio 3, Lina 2, Calimag 2, Galinato 2, Gonzales 1, Torculas 0.

UST 51 – Faye 15, Cabañero 14, Lazarte 5, Calimag 5, Duremdes 3, Mantua 3, Manalang 2, Magdangal 2, Escobido 2, Pangilinan 0, Manaytay 0, Garing 0, Herrera 0, Gesalem 0.

Quarters: 19-8, 38-24, 58-37, 76-51.

– Rappler.com

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