JERIC Teng starred in another University of Santo Tomas comeback as the Tigers beat Adamson, 83-79, on Saturday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Teng a three-point basket with one minute and 34 seconds remaining to hand the lead to the Tigers, who spoiled the 33-point effort of Adamson’s Jericho Cruz.
The Tigers outscored Adamson 11-3 in the endgame and won for the eighth time in 11 outings to move into solo second place behind Ateneo.
“Breaks of the game,” said UST coach Pido Jarencio after another come-from-behind win. “I give credit to Adamson, talagang maganda tinakbo nila. In the end, ’yung breaks at ’yung momentum, napunta sa amin.”
Teng finished the game with 22 points to help the Tigers recover from a 51-53 loss to La Salle. In that game, Jeric’s younger brother Jeron hit the buzzer-beating game-winner.
“Mas grabe ’yung ginawa niya dahil last shot ’yun,” said Teng, who played his first big game since coming off a knee injury late in the first round.
“It was hard for me to comeback from the injury pero binibigyan pa rin niya ako ng confidence ni coach. Maganda ’yung nagiging decision making ko,” said Teng.
The Tigers swung the ball around to find Teng, who was wide open from the left side to give the Tigers a 79-77 lead. Teng made it a three-point game, making one-of-two from the line.
Adamson could not find its mark with Karim Abdul spearheading UST’s defense in the endgame but got a break when Kevin Ferrer was called for an unsportsmanlike foul that caused his ejection with 17.3 seconds.
Cruz converted two free throws to pull to within three points but Teng stripped him of the ball while driving to the basket. Tata Bautista hit one of two free throws to settle the final score.
Cruz had a monster game that helped the Falcons build a 42-36 lead by scoring 13 points in the second quarter but Adamson could not contain UST in the end.
Cruz, a rookie transferee from Rizal Technological University, joined the 30-point Adamson club that includes Patrick Cabahug, Ken Bono and Roel Hugnatan.
The Falcons, who in the first round also fell victims to a late charge by UST in the first round (60-61), dropped to 2-9 win-loss.
UST (83) – Teng 22, Abdul 19, Mariano 16, Bautista 11, Ferrer 8, Fortuna 7, Vigil 0, Pe 0, Lo 0, Afuang 0.
ADAMSON (79) – Cruz 33, Rios 12, Etrone 11, Trollano 7, Camson 5, Cabrera 5, Brondial 5, Agustin 1, Monteclaro 0, Abrigo 0.
Quarterscores: 16-16; 36-42; 61-58; 83-79.