Tigers whip Falcons for first win

19 07 2007

LIVING up to their predator monickers, the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers devoured the low-flying Adamson Falcons, 96-84, on Thursday for their first win in three outings at the 70th UAAP men’s basketball at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

Showing enough pride as reigning champions, the Growling Tigers came up huge in the final quarter by erasing a two-point deficit by halftime, 45-47, and turning it to a huge 84-71 cushion with only 4:22 left. From there, UST kept the pace of the ballgame in their favor.

Point guard Japs Cuan sparked a 13-3 run in the fourth by scoring six of his 11 points and the Falcons were absolutely helpless in that attack.

“I’m positive that the boys will play even better in the coming games,” said UST coach Pido Jarencio. “We are still adjusting and this is a good win for us because we are not going to go to the bottom of the team standings.”

Francis Allera exploded for a career-high 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including six from the three-point area, while Jervy Cruz, a sophomore, flexed his muscles for a double-double of 24 points and a personal-best 23 rebounds.

Adamson had a great start, outscoring UST in opening period, 26-18. And it was raining threes from all over. UST kept the game in striking distance, clawing their way in the next two quarters and delivered the coup de grace in the fourth quarter to grab the come-from-behind win.

Roel Hugnatan scored 32 points while Patrick Cabahug added 24 and Leo Canuday made 12 for the Falcons, still winless in three starts.

The Individual scores:

UST 96: Allera 26, Cruz 24, Cuan 11, Canlas 10, Ababou 9, Espiritu 7, Taylor 4, Cortez 3, Mirza 2, Gile 0, Dizon 0.

ADAMSON 84: Hugnatan 32, Cabahug 24, Canuday 12, Alvarez 7, Yambot 4, Cañada 2, Gorospe 2, Gonzalgo 1, Santos 0.

Quarter scores: 18-26, 47-45, 65-64, 96-84.




5 responses

20 07 2007
The Dont Mind

Dont mind me

But Cuan making a three?

20 07 2007
Mike Abasolo

O yes he did. It really surprised me too.

20 07 2007

People want to talk about Allera because of his great game, and of course the three of Japs, but not enough can be said about Jervy Cruz, more than 20 points and rebounds, just solid stats for three games already so far, and I don’t see him slowing down.

20 07 2007
The Dont Mind

dont mind me

but teams have to think twice now

cuan can make free throws

and even make a game turning three

20 07 2007

Jervy is my pick for MVP this season, they just have to win a few more games and get to the final 4 at least for that to happen! Mr. 20-20!

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