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    Tigers use fourth-quarter blast to edge Generals

    May 31, 2013
    Jeric Teng and the Tigers score a win over the Generals before facing the unbeaten Bulldogs. Jerome Ascano

    UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas rallied to seize the lead in the fourth quarter and held off Emilio Aguinaldo College, 76-75, on Friday in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Pre-Season Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

    Trailing by seven, 54-61, at the start of the final period, the Growling Tigers silenced the Generals with a 13-0 run and grabbed the upper hand, 67-61.

    EAC trimmed the deficit with an 8-2 rally capped by an Igee King triple, 75-76.

    The Generals had a chance to snatch the victory after UST’s Jeric Teng missed his charities with 2.7 left to play but John Tayongtong's shot was also off the mark.

    "Naka-tsamba na naman kami," said UST coach Pido Jarencio. "Pero ang positive lang doon 'yung players di nag-give up talaga kahit down kami ng seven, six points, laban lang tayo."

    UST ended the eliminations in fourth place in Group B with a 5-3 win-loss record and will face defending champion and unbeaten Group A topnotcher National University on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.

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    The Tigers entered the match already assured of No. 4 in the group and a spot in the quarterfinals. They beat No. 5 Letran (4-4) earlier in the tournament.

    "Ginamit namin ito (game) as preparation against NU for sure tambak kami doon," Jarencio said.

    The España-based squad was without Kevin Ferrer, who sprained his ankle while playing for Blackwater against Boracay Rum in the opener of the PBA D-League semifinals on Thursday. Boracay beat Blackwater, 69-65.

    King and Noube Happi finished with 17 points apiece, while Jan Jamon had 15 and Sherwin Castro added 13, for EAC, which ended the tournament with a 2-6 win-loss card.

    The scores:

    UST 76: Teng 27, Mariano 16, Lo 10, Pe 5, Abdul 5, Daquioag 4, Hainga 8, Tan 3, Faundo 2, So 0, Macasaet 0, Marata 0, Lao 0.

    EAC 75: King 17, Happi 17, Jamon 15, Castro 13, Monteclaro 18, Morada 5, Mejos 2, Tayontong 0, Hassan 0, Manga 0, Munsayac 0.

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    Quarterscores: 19-13; 30-30; 51-58; 76-75.

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