UST dominates La Salle in second half, improves to 5-1
MANILA, Philippines – In case anyone needed a reminder, the UST Growling Tigers once again proved they are for real.
Using an outstanding shooting display in the second half to take momentum and control of the game, University of Sto. Tomas took down the DLSU Green Archers, 77-61, on Wednesday, September 30 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Growling Tigers, who at one point were down 33-19 in the first half, utilized a 28-5 run bridging the second and third periods to take a double-digit lead of their own that eventually sealed the win.
Shooting 42% from the floor and 46% from downtown, UST was led by the 17 points of veteran Kevin Ferrer, who also had 6 rebounds and shot 71% from the floor.
Karim Abdul scored 13 points and grabbed 13 boards, while Ed Daquioag registered 11 points and 6 rebounds.
“Sa college ganyan talaga, may nga runs. Nag recover kami. Nag recover kami sa defense,” UST head coach Bong Dela Cruz said after the game.
(In college, it’s really like that, there are a lot of runs. We recovered. We recovered on defense.)
The victory improved UST's record to 5-1, while La Salle dropped to 3-3.
UST trailed 58-54 in the third quarter before a pair of free throws by Abdul and a 3-ball by Janus Suarez gave them the lead. It was all Growling Tigers from there, as they took a 60-46 lead entering the final quarter, where La Salle couldn’t rally.
The Green Archers were led by the 13 points of Jeron Teng, who also had 9 rebounds and 6 turnovers.
Joshua Torralba registered 12 points while Prince Rivero had 10.
La Salle shot just 33% from the field and 22% from downtown. They also went just 13-of-29 from the foul stripe.
UST also won the rebounding battle, 48-43, and had more assists, 12-6.
The Growling Tigers will look to finish the first round at 6-1 when they take on the UE Red Warriors next Wednesday, October 7.
La Salle will be back in action on Sunday, October 4, when they face their rivals from Ateneo.
UST (77): Ferrer 17, Abdul 13, Daquioag 11, Vigil 10, Suarez 9, Lee 7, Bonleon 6, Sheriff 4, Abdurasad 0, Arana 0, Faundo 0, Garrido 0, Huang 0, Lao 0, Subido 0
DLSU (61): Teng 13, Torralba 12, Rivero 10, Torres 8, Caracut 5, Perkins 5, Sargent 4, Muyang 2, Navarro 2, Tratter 0
Quarter scores: 18-12, 31-33, 60-46, 77-61