UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas survived a fightback by De La Salle in the fourth quarter to take a 63-58 overtime victory on Saturday in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Jeric Teng had 23 points while Karim Abdul added 17 points as they steadied the Tigers’ ship in overtime after allowing the Archers to battle back and force extra time.
Rookie Jason Perkins hit a jumper with 11 seconds to play to force overtime.
The shot was made after De La Salle was able to call a timeout following a stoppage of play when a ballpen inexplicably landed on the playing floor.
Still, the incident wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of the Tigers.
Already showing signs of fatigue, Abdul carried the offensive load for the Tigers by hitting five straight points to open overtime play.
Teng then joined the fray hitting UST’s next four points in the game for a 60-56 lead.
The Tigers won after an atrocious first half that saw both teams shooting a combined 20-of-67 from the field.
“Kasama na rin ‘yung opening jitters. Masama ‘yung laro nila, masama ‘yung laro namin. Kahit papano, nanalo kami,” said UST coach Pido Jarencio.
Clark Bautista had six points and forced a turnover with 15 seconds left that sealed La Salle’s chances late in overtime before suffering cramps shortly after the play.
Paolo Pe was also a revelation for the Espana-based squad by grabbing 12 rebounds.
Almond Vosotros had 13 points but shot 3-of-15 from beyond the arc for La Salle. Perkins added 13 points while Jeron Teng had 10 markers.
However, Teng, last year’s Mythical Five and Rookie of the Year awardee, fouled out late in regulation.
Perkins’ jumper capped a 14-3 wind-up in the fourth as La Salle came storming back from a 37-48 deficit to force the extra session.
The sorry loss spoiled the coaching debut of Juno Sauler for La Salle.
UST (63) – Teng 23, Abdul 17, Bautista 6, Mariano 5, Ferrer 5, Pe 3, Hainga 2, Daquioag 2, Lo 0.
DLSU (58) – Vosotros 13, Perkins 13, Teng 10, T. Torres 7, N. Torres 6, Reyes 4, Revilla 4, Van Opstal 1, Tampus 0, Bolick 0.
Quarterscores: 10-12; 28-20; 40-34; 51-51 (reg); 63-58.