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UST outlasts Adamson to end elims on high note

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UST ended the eliminations round with a sweet victory.

The Growling Tigers outfought the pesky Adamson Soaring Falcons in an 80-74 break away in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament at the Ynares Center Antipolo on Saturday October 26.

UST is now assured in the playoffs at least with an 8-6 record.

The Growling Tigers’ place at the Final Four race has yet to be guaranteed, as UP, FEU, and La Salle are still fighting for the last 3 spots in the semifinals.

Both teams went on a dogfight until UST began a 20-4 tear in the third frame bridging the fourth period which was capped by Soulemane Chabi Yo’s lay-up, 67-55.

Howver, Adamson responded with 12 unanswered points led by Simon Camacho to tie the game, 67-all.

Sherwin Concepcion, Mark Nonoy, and Renzo Subido all went for a 9-2 explosion from the triple to gain a 76-69 cushion with 1:36 remaining.

Jerrick Ahanmisi tried to salvage Adamson with a go-ahead trey with 11 ticks left, but Subido sealed the deal for the Tigers by sinking three of his four free shots, 80-74.

“Hell of a game because we were tight. All of us,” UST head coach Aldin Ayo said.

“The players, even the coaching staff. I have very young assistant coaches and this is a learning experience sa mga bata kong coaches at yung sa nine rookies on how to handle pressure.”

Nonoy led Tigers’ attack with 17 points, eight rebounds, and five assists off the bench while Chabi Yo gobbled a double-double of 16 markers and 15 boards.

Rhenz Abandon posted 13 points and six boards while Subido added 12 points and seven assists.a

UST exacted revenge on their first round heartbreak against Adamson when a 16-0 run forced the latter to steal the victory.

On the other hand, rookie Joem Sabandal paced the Falcons with career-high 18 points, but even his efforts wasn’t enough to prevent a 4-9 collapse at the standing.

The Scores

UST 80 – Nonoy 17, Chabi Yo 16, Abando 13, Subido 12, Concepcion 8, Paraiso 5, Cansino 4, Ando 2, Huang 2, Bataller 1.

Adamson 74 – Sabandal 18, Ahanmisi 11, Camacho 10, Douanga 7, Chauca 6, Lastimosa 6, Fermin 4, Manlapaz 3, Mojica 3, Bernardo 2, Magbuhos 2, Yerro 2, Flowers 0.

Quarters: 26-22, 43-42, 65-55, 80-74.