By Camille Cutler

UST Growling Tigers def. NU Bulldogs 88-76

Notable Players

CJ Cansino, UST (15 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals)

Welcome back CJ! This was easily the most impressive performance from Cansino this season. Aside from his shooting, what was more telling was his movement all throughout the game. He looked more sure of himself, as if clear of any fear from contact. UST needs this CJ.

Soulemane Chabi Yo, UST (16 points, 14 rebounds, three assists)

He continues to be a silent worker for UST. Even against the taller Issa Gaye, Chabi Yo established his might by overwhelming NU with his athleticism and mobility. The MVP favorite continues to build his case as the league’s best.

Renzo Subido, UST (14 points, four rebounds)

The graduating Growling Tiger has been playing his best basketball to date, but he hasn’t had to do that by chucking up shot after shot. He’s truly embraced playing the point guard position even with him being the natural born scorer he is.

Dave Ildefonso, NU (27 points, six rebounds, four assists)

Dave continues to carry the load for NU, but he can’t do it alone. His skill continues to stand out but it’s clear he’s having a hard time doing most of the work for the Bulldogs. You can’t deny however just how good Dave is.

Quick Analysis

  • UST just needed its third quarter run to permanently create separation between them and NU. While the Bulldogs made runs, the deficit UST built against NU was enough of a cushion. 
  • CJ Cansino’s penetration has done wonders for UST’s offense. It’s been moving so much better since he gives UST looks on offense its other wings can’t. Brent Paraiso and Rhenz Abando are their set shooters but the versatility of CJ just has so much more value.
  • The NU Bulldogs have a long offseason ahead of them. Do they change coaches? If they don’t, what do they do with their personnel to shake things up? Do they finally find the point guard to feed Dave and Shaun? Lots of questions ahead for NU.