By Camille Cutler
UST Growling Tigers def. UE Red Warriors 80-66
CJ Cansino, UST (17 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists)
He hasn’t looked as explosive as his start in the UAAP, but you cannot deny his effectiveness as a basketball player. He’s been doing the little things very well, contributing in ways beyond scoring. He’s a talent.
Renzo Subido, UST (22 points, 5/10 3FG)
Keep on shooting your shot, you’re bound to make one! Subido’s confidence hasn’t wavered, as he’s continued to remain aggressive in scoring. The added movement UST used was of help as well.
Enrique Caunan, UST (5 points, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks)
No Steve Akomo, no problem, as Caunan served as a steady replacement for the foreign student athlete of the Growling Tigers. His rim protection was a welcome surprise for UST.
Alvin Pasaol, UE (32 points, 15 rebounds)
Air Sambokojin continues to impress, but he simply cannot do it alone. He struggled to start the game, but got it going during the second half.
- Move the ball, and you’re bound to get better shots. The Growling Tigers went back to the unpredictable principle of Mayhem, using more screens and movement to get good looks. They had 19 in total for the contest.
- It’s the opposite with how UE played, as they only dished out nine assists, a far cry from their average of 15.6 before the game. The Red Warriors are clearly a work in progress.
- Something glaring for UST, however: their lack of a consistent on-the-ball-creator. CJ Cansino still prefers to attack on the open court, while Renzo Subido and Marvin Lee have been more effective off the ball. It’s not a big problem, but just something to take note of moving forward.
- UE needs to strike a balance between dumping the ball to Alvin and moving the ball around. It’s tough, but it needs to be done so the Red Warriors can produce better in the long run.