UST Growling Tigers def. FEU Tamaraws, 82-74

Notable Players

Soulemane Chabi-Yo, UST (21 points, 8/13 FG, 15 rebounds)

UST’s new foreign student athlete is as good as advertised, leading the Tigers’ onslaught on a per game basis. While Rhenz Abando and Mark Nonoy are the players who are getting attention, Chabi does it on hard work. An MVP run is not far off for him.

Sherwin Concepcion, UST (12 points, 4/8 3FG all made in the second half)

TAKE A BOW, SHERWIN CONCEPCION. It’s as if he unloaded all of his shooting frustrations from the past games into this one. He made all four of his threes in the second half, and all of those were in the flow of the offense. He has shown everyone why he was such a catch for Coach Aldin Ayo.

LJ Gonzales, FEU (16 points, 7/12 FG, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal)

THE NEXT KING TAMARAW IS HERE. LJ shot the lights out, particularly in the first half. He also kept the FEU offense going when UST claimed the lead. For a while he kept the score close, hitting timely shots and moving the ball around.

Xyrus Torres, FEU (14 points, 4/8 FG, 1 rebound, 1 assist)

Xyrus Torres was not a heralded rookie coming into this season, but has shown his value as a spot-up shooter in the FEU offense. It seems like coach Olsen Racela gave him the license to shoot, and he is paying that confidence back in bunches.

Quick Analysis

  • FEU exposed UST’s glaring weakness in the first, but didn’t take advantage all game long. UST might as well have put a welcome mat on the paint for the slashers. UST’s bigs were thin and undersized, and rim protection was not present. Had the Tamaraws attacked the paint more often, it would have been a closer game.
  • WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO PATRICK TCHUENTE? After roasting and feasting on the DLSU big man, he was a non-factor this game. Actually, scratch that. Patrick was a huge liability. There were times where he was the missing link. There were UST second chance points that would not have happened had he gotten the rebound. He failed to capitalize on mismatches, where he could have used his size and length to score or at least fish for some fouls. Even typing this gives me a headache. Excuse me while take some medication.
  • UST’s 27.78 3FG% isn’t exactly amazing, but all the 10 shots counted a lot. Most, if not all threes were made when UST made its run and finally took the lead from FEU. Shooters have no fear to let it fly because despite the lack in height, the Growling Tigers gang rebound to make up for it.
  • UST is good. Scary good. Despite losing their lead against Adamson and down big against FEU in the first quarter, it seems like no lead is safe against them. Their team is so potent, with shooters and slashers to close the gap. The eye test also says that this Mayhem defense is more deadly than previous iterations, and that halfcourt trap can rattle the offense of opposing teams. Watch out, these Tigers are for real.