Photo by Paul Ryan Tan
By Karl Cedrick Basco

The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers came big in the second half to trounce the cellar-dweller University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 79-69, in the UAAP Season 76 Men's Basketball Tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum Wednesday.

Aljon Mariano spearheaded the Tigers banking game-high 18 points while Kevin Ferrer, Karim Abdul, and Clark Bautista conspired for 42 markers.

UST unraveled 13-4 run mid of the third period to pull away against UP, establishing a 10-point advantage, 48-38.

The Fighting Maroons threatened to comeback but the Tigers fired a 9-1 salvo down the stretch that sealed the deal for them, 79-66. UST improved its record to 4-2 and keeps solo second behind the unbeaten FEU.

Samuel Marata and Kyles Lao led the Diliman-based squad tallying for 16 and 9 points, respectively. UP registered its sixth loss of the season and yet to find a win.

The Tigers' last assignment in the first round will be against the defending champion Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles on July 27, Saturday 4PM at the same venue.


UST, 79: Mariano-18, Ferrer-16, Abdul-14, Bautista-12, Lo-9, So-4, Daquioag-4, Pe-2, Tan-0, Macasaet-0, Lao-0, Hainga-0, Faundo-0

UP, 69: Marata-16, Lao-9, Wong-7, Pascual-7, Ball-7, Ligad-6, Gingerich-5, Suarez-4, Harris-4, Asilum-4, Gallarza-0

Quarter Scores: 21-15, 35-31, 56-48, 79-69

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