KEVIN Ferrer scored a career-high 29 points as University of Santo Tomas beat University of the Philippines, 83-76, to clinch a Final Four spot in the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Ferrer also had 14 rebounds to complete a double double for the Tigers, who improvedto 9-2 win-loss to assure a return to the Final Four after missing out last season.
By atoning for a loss to Ateneo in midweek, the Tigers joined leader Far Eastern University as the only teams assured of spots in the semifinals. The Tamaraws are at 9-1 after a victory over University of the East on Saturday.
Ferrer, however, said he wants more.
“Na-reach na namin ‘yung Final Four pero gusto namin championship,” said Ferrer.
Louie Vigil had 16 points while Ed Daquioag added 15 points for the Growling Tigers in the wire-to-wire victory.
Jett Manuel scored 21 points to lead the Maroons, who fell to 3-7 for joint sixth place with University of the East.
UST (83) — Ferrer 29, Vigil 16, Daquioag 15, Abdul 10, Lao 7, Subido 3, Lee 3, Bonleon 0, Sheriff 0.
UP (76) — Manuel 21, Amar 12, Dario 11, Desiderio 10, Asilum 5, Jaboneta 5, Moralde 4, Vito 4, Gallarza 2, Kone 2, Harris 0, Juruena 0, Longa 0.
Quarterscores: 15-11, 38-35, 61-51, 83-76.