UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas forced University of the Philippines to one of the worst shooting performances in the league as the Tigers clobbered the Maroons, 63-39, on Saturday in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
With a fourth-quarter pullaway, the Growling Tigers made it three straight wins, registering their seventh overall victory in 12 outings for fourth place.
The Maroons shot just 19 percent from the field (15-of-81) the whole game, with the Growling Tigers opening up the fourth with an 8-0 run to take the lopsided victory.
“Kailangan namin ng pandiin. Killer instinct lang ang (ineemphasize) ko sa mga players, kailangan may finishing. Sinasanay ko lang mga bata,” said UST coach Pido Jarencio.
Both teams were actually atrocious from the field in the first half, combining for only 16 points in the second quarter. The Tigers only converted 29 percent in the first half before regaining its bearings.
Aljon Mariano had 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Karim Abdul grabbed 21 rebounds for the Tigers.
The Maroons scored only six points in the fourth and remained winless in 12 outings, with just two games left in the eliminations.
UP’s offensive effort matched National University’s output in a loss to Ateneo (61-39) in September 3, 2011.
UST (63) – Mariano 18, Ferrer 12, Teng 9, Daquioag 9, Abdul 7, Bautista 3, Pe 2, Faundo 2, Lao 1, Tan 0, Sheriff 0, Lao 0, Hainga 0.
UP (39) – Marata 12, Lao 6, Soyud 5, Ball 5, Wong 2, Gallarza 2, Desiderio 2, Asilum 2, Harris 1, Paras 0, Pascual 0, Amar 0, Gingerich 0.
Quarterscores: 14-13; 23-20; 40-33; 63-39.