UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas hopes to take advantage of a ‘favorable’ decision made by the UAAP board as it takes on University of the Philippines in Saturday’s main game of the men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Tigers became an indirect recipient of the board’s decision on Friday ordering a replay of the controversial game between Far Eastern University and National University last September 2 as the Espana-based school suddenly found itself alone in second place with an 8-3 (win-loss) record.
The Tigers and Tamaraws had previously share second spot, but FEU slid to 7-3 in the aftermath of the highly-debatable board decision.
UST has not played since September 1 when it beat Adamson, 83-79, but coach Pido Jarencio welcomed the break after winning only half of their first four games in the second round.
The Tigers ended the first round on a six-game winning streak.
“Medyo naging shaky lang kami, pero I think kapag naayos uli ‘yan, babalik ang laro, desire at momentum namin,” said Jarencio.
The UST-UP match-up is set at 4 p.m.
The Maroons continued to struggle as they lost to La Salle, 76-69, last Thursday for their 10th loss of the season.
FEU, meanwhile, will be facing rejuvenated University of the East in the first game at 2 p.m.
The Tamaraws hope to set aside the unfavorable decision made against them by the board as they face a Warriors side that is coming off back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
The 3-8 Warriors stunned no less than four-time defending champion Ateneo Eagles last Thursday, 79-77, with Chris Javier hitting the game-winning shot.
UE coach Boycie Zamar hopes to carry the momentum into their game against FEU.
“It’s definitely a morale-boosting win. But we still need a lot more hardwork if we are going to beat FEU,” said Zamar.