UST Growling Tigers def. Adamson Soaring Falcons 80 – 74
Mark Nonoy (17 points, 4/7 3FG)
Nonoy and his outside shooting was UST’s counter-punch to Adamson’s own surprisingly hot shooting this game. In a game that had 14 lead changes, Mark sparked a furious rally for UST to end the 3rd quarter which gave them a more comfortable 10-point lead heading into the 4th. That run spelled the difference in the final minutes when Adamson came within 3 points with a chance to tie the game in the dying seconds.
Soulemane Chabi Yo (16 points, 15 rebounds)
A double-double is a feat in itself. A double-double on rebounds? Against 6’11” Lenda Douanga? Take a bow, young man, that’s one helluva feat. Chabi Yo’s presence was critical to UST wrestling control away from Adamson. During the minutes that Chabi Yo was on the bench, Adamson was content to run their offense through Lenda or have Lenda gobble up rebounds for them. Because of Chabi’s athletic ability, size and his energy, UST was able to contain Adamson’s rebounding, preventing the game from slipping away from them.
Renzo Subido (12 points, 7/8 Free Throws, 7 assists)
He was a cold blooded killer this game, pacing the Growling Tigers throughout the match by dishing out dimes and getting to the line. When it was winning time, Renzo took over, planting the dagger straight into the Falcons’ heart with a cold blooded contested three pointer to give UST a 6 point lead with less than 2 minutes left in the game. This cushion gave UST just enough of a lead to survive Adamson’s attempt at stealing the game away from them.
Joem Sabandal (18 points, 4/5 3 points, 16:54 Mins)
This game goes to show how badly Adamson missed the production of Joem Sabandal in the first round. Out for most of the early parts of the tournament due to a hand injury, Joem showed what UAAP fans missed with him on the sidelines and what is to come in Season 83. A steady defender and a reliable combo guard for the Falcons, he led all scorers with some nifty outside shooting and very efficient scoring. Expect Joem to be a household name in the not too distant future.
- For two teams known for their fast tempo, this game was very slow. Literally slow. Adamson has been bad at staying away from committing fouls, UST on the other hand is one of the best at drawing fouls. What came of this was 31 fouls by Adamson and 20 by UST. A total of 51 fouls called through 40 minutes. More than one foul being called every minute. For a game that started its broadcast at 4:00pm, the first quarter ended at 5:00pm.
- UST cannot afford to keep giving up free points at the free throw line. Fortunate for them they got there a lot (42 times), but against teams with more to lose, those 14 missed free throws may end up coming back to haunt them.
- Adamson was running a lot of experiments this game. First was Kristian Bernardo to start the game. Then came the multiple post setups for Lenda and then the three guard setup later on. Without the pressure, the Falcons can focus on being better for the next season.
- This was a fun shootout with 22 three pointers made between both teams. But it was UST getting to the line that ultimately decided the game.
- UST struggled without Chabi Yo on the floor and it wasn’t just because of the rebounding. Their guards had difficulty breaking the press, often resulting in bad passes and ball handlers stepping on the sideline. Fortunately it’s unlikely they will see a press a tighter press the rest of their season.
- Renzo Subido has clutch gene written all over him. Someone should check to see if there’s ice in his veins because that dagger was cold blooded.