UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas survived San Beda, 25-14, 24-26, 23-25, 25-22, 15-13, on Wednesday to record its second win in as many matches in the Spikers’ Turf Collegiate Conference at the Philsports Arena in Pasig.
Jomaru Amagan led the Tiger Spikers with 25 points, 22 from spikes, while Manuel Medina added 20 points.
San Beda took a set lead after the third before UST fought back to take control.
“’Yung lumang error, tapos nag-play safe ’yung setter, nakalimutan niya ’yung sets namin, tapos nawala sa focus yung libero. Nakita ng kalaban, tinarget ng tinarget,” UST coach Odjie Mamon said.
Mamon added that he purposely let his starters play throughout the five sets to help the young core mature.
“Character building. Kaya hindi ako masyado nagpalit tao, hinayaan ko sila maglaro diyan, para mag-gain ng exposure maggain sila ng experience,” Mamon said.
Guest player Berlin Paglinawan led the Red Spikers with 17 points while Alfie Mascarinas and Peter Torres added 10 points each.
Far Eastern University got its first win, downing College of Saint Benilde, 25-17, 26-28, 25-15, 25-21, in Group A action.
John Paul Bugaoan shone for FEU with 20 points, including 11 attacks, while Greg Dolor added 19 points with 18 attacks.
“Okay naman ’yung linalaro ng mga bata, tsaka ang objective ko naman talaga is mag-enjoy yung mga players,” said FEU head coach Reynaldo Diaz Jr.
“Siguro yung sakit talaga ng mga sophomores and juniors na players pagdating sa dulo bumibitaw, tsaka pag lumalamang nagrerelax.”
“Siguro in the long run naman madedevelop din attitude nila na mas tumibay pa,” Diaz added.
Johnvic de Guzman led the CSB Blazers with 15 points, while Isaah Arda added 13 markers.
FEU face the Philippine Merchant Maritime School Mariners on Saturday, while the Blazers face the Perpetual Help Altas on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, UST will next face the University of the Philippines Maroons on Wednesday, and San Beda will take on Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals on Monday.