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UST pulls out shocker over UP

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The Growling Tigers are the real deal this Season 82!

UST just scored an upset at the expense of UP Fighting Maroons, 85-69, in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum, on Saturday September 7.

Leading by five in 4:03 ticks remaining in the payoff period, 74-69, Mark Nonoy and Renzo Subido went berserk against UP with a personal 11-0 surge to finish the game with a bang.

UST showed no signs of being overwhelmed by UP’s stacked roster, as they never gave their opponent a chance to grab the lead throughout the game.

Soulemane Chabi Yo torched UP’s defense with 18 points and 18 rebounds, while the rookie Nonoy registered 16 points, five rebounds and two assists.

Veteran guard Subido chalked up 13 points (3-of-6 shooting from the three-point area), three rebounds, and three assists,
while Rhenz Abando displayed an all-around performance of12 points, seven boards, three blocks, two assists, and two steals, and Dave Ando ended up with 10 points and three rebounds for UST.

UST head coach Aldin Ayo refused to call it as a statement win, as he sets his sights on the following games to come.

“Hindi ko iniisip na statement kasi siguro on paper, very talented talaga yung UP. Pero lahat naman napaghahandaan. Isang laro lang naman ito, meron pang dose pa,” he said.

Tigers grabs the solo lead with 2-0 card, while the Fighting Maroons went down with 1-1 win-loss card.

Bright Akhuetie came on top for UP with 19 points, 18 rebounds, and three assists. Javi Gomez De Liaño delivered 15 markers and eight rebounds, while Jaydee Tungcab contributed 11 points in the game.

The Scores:

UST 85 — Chabi Yo 18, Nonoy 16, Subido 13, Abando 12, Ando 10, Huang 9, Paraiso 6, Cansino 1, Bataller 0, Concepcion 0, Cosejo 0, Cuajao 0.

UP 69 — Akhuetie 19, Ja. Gomez de Liano 15, Tungcab 11, Murrell 6, Ju. Gomez de Liano 5, Manzo 5, Rivero 4, Webb 4, Gozum 0, Jaboneta 0, Mantilla 0, Prado 0, Spencer 0.

Quarters Scores: 19-15, 44-37, 63-58, 85-69.