By Camille Cutler
UST Growling Tigers def. UP Fighting Maroons 84-78
Renzo Subido, UST (13 points, five rebounds, five assists)
What a time for Subido to play the best game of his career. This was exactly what UST expected out of Subido when he committed here; someone who would learn to use his scoring talent to create for others. Big time players make big time plays.
Sherwin Concepcion, UST (16 points, 5/10 3FG, five rebounds)
Sherwin’s been the peak stretch 4 since coming into UST and he came out with his best shooting performance yet. He came out big time as he was UST’s most consistent shooter all game long, giving Renzo and Chabi Yo space to create inside.
Soulemane Chabi Yo, UST (14 points, 10 rebounds)
The leading MVP, the silent worker, continues to produce for the Growling Tigers. Despite facing the strong frontline of UP, Chabi Yo still found ways to contribute for UST. Whether it be by just boxing out or posterizing players off of out of bounds plays, Chabi was the perfect example of a team player.
Kobe Paras, UP (18 points, five rebounds, two blocks)
What an effort by Kobe! Despite what seemed to be a shoulder injury during the second quarter, Paras made a comeback and he provided a lot for the Fighting Maroons. He was a big reason why UP was able to keep it close with his ability to create space inside and his length on defense.
- WHAT A GAME! This had serious Game of the Year vibes considering the quality of basketball played and what was at stake. Renzo said so himself, “This game will decide the outcome of our season.” Both teams certainly played like it.
- UST has been notorious for jacking up plenty of threes, but in this game, it was a big reason for their win. The best part is, they weren’t mindlessly shooting these as their shots were more in rhythm than what they got last game versus FEU.
- Despite the loss, this was the best game UP played the entire season. Their chemistry on offense still needs work, but in terms of defense, it was a great performance. Defense always starts with effort and the Fighting Maroons took that to heart. If they’re able to commit to defending consistently, they can elevate their game even further.
- Not having a player like Rhenz Abando should hurt a team, but weirdly enough, UST’s flow looked better even if he wasn’t on the floor. Credit to CJ Cansino and Brent Paraiso for not just jacking up threes, but for also finding ways to create off the drive.
- Credit to UST: they took care of the ball very well despite UP’s added pressure on defense. They only had six turnovers, well below their average.