Red Warriors now 9-0

19 08 2007

The University of Santo Tomas may have showed vast improvement with their past games but when faced with the undefeated University of the East last August 19, the Growling Tigers were suddenly put to a reality test.

The Red Warriors ended the Growling Tigers’ winning streak to claim its ninth straight win, 99-82, at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Narciso Llagas topped the Warriors’ tally sheet with 21 points while Mark Borboran, Kelvin Gregorio and Paul Lee also contributed in double digits.

Khasim Mirza bagged 18 points for UST while Jervy Cruz produced 17 points and Anthony Espiritu pitched in for 13 points.

The Red Warriors were in full throttle as they fired up a 9-0 run in the first 3 minutes of the game. UST caught up after Mirza’s three-pointer was followed by a completed three-point play by Dylan Ababou with 5:10 minutes in the 1st quarter. Allera nailed an 18 footer that cut the Warriors’ lead to two, 18-16. But Mark Fampulme and Paul Lee made it a six-point game and the first period ended, 28-22 for UE.

In the second quarter, back to back three-pointers by Espiritu and Mirza tied the game at 30 still with 8:13 minutes left in the 1st half. Mirza stepped up for the Tigers nailing his 4th three-pointer with 3:10 minutes left in the clock. The second deadlock came in at the 1:57 minutes mark after Mark Canlas pinned a jumper from inside the paint. UST was down by only three, 48-45, at the end of the first half.

UE made 20/36 FGs while the Tigers were 15/30 by the half-time break.

After the first half, UE ignited an 8-0 run and extended their lead to 13 points, 60-47 with 5:34 minutes left in the 3rd Quarter. The Growling Tigers could not keep up with the Red Warriors as they settled for a 12-point deficit after three quarters of play, 72-60.

In the final quarter, UST sparked a quick 6-0 run courtesy of Japs Cuan and Cruz. The Growling Tigers caught up just a little bit shrinking their deficit to just seven, 79-72 after 5 minutes of playing in the 4th quarter.

However the Red Warriors showed poise and powered a 10-2 run that propelled to a 22-point margin in the final two-minute stretch.

As usual, the UE once again made Coach Dindo very proud.

“Everybody played well. We made some stop. One of the gameplan was to limit their rebounding,” said Coach Dindo after the game.

Coach Dindo added that the game was dedicated to Coach Gido Babilonian who was celebrating his birthday last Sunday.

“I’m so proud of the boys kasi hindi nila kinalimutan si Coach Gido.”

The Warriors are now aiming for win # 10 as they face the NU Bulldogs on August 23 at the Araneta Coliseum. UST meanwhile, will also face the Bulldogs next Sunday.

UE – 99

Llagas 21, Borboran 14, Gregorio 13, Lee 12, Fampulme 8, Martinez 8, Lingganay, Jr. 7, Arellano 6, Espiritu 5, Bandaying 2, Canizares 2, Thiele 1

UST – 82

Mirza 18, Cruz 17, Espiritu 13, Canlas 8, Allera 8, Cortez 7, Cuan 5, Ababou 5, Gile 1, Dizon 0

Quarter Scores: 28-22, 48-45, 72-60, 99-82

Deadlocks: 2, Leadchanges: 0

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4 responses

19 08 2007
clyde limoanco

UE NA ANG CHAMPION! =)

19 08 2007
Mike Abasolo

Don’t get carried away just yet. It is still a long way.

20 08 2007
whamos

Jervy Cruz = 6 rebounds, 2 of which offensive..that spelled the difference for that game..may ‘hulog’ ba tong game na to? haha! just kidding! Japs Cuan had more boards than Jervy! Jervy really had an off-night yesterday..he couldn’t get his groove..

21 08 2007
argunfus

UE is showing a superior brand of basketball, something that is quite not expected of at the start of the season. Though it’s still a long and winding road if they could make it to the finals.

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