UST bounces back, Ateneo stays perfect, NU gets clutch win

The UST Growling Tigers ended their two-game losing streak in dominating fashion. They blew out the UE Red Warriors by 28 points, 101-73, in an absolute offensive show of a game. UST stays in the running for the second seed with a 5-4 record. UE sits at seventh with a three wins and six losses.

Chabi Chabi Yo continued to lead UST with 22 points and 14 rebounds. But the surprise of the game was Zach Huang. The forward dropped 22 points and nailed six of his eight three-point attempts. Sherwin Concepcion and Brent Paraiso scored 10 points each. Alex Diakhite led UE with 24 points and 12 rebounds.

UST was on fire from beyond the arc. They drilled 14 three-pointers to fuel their offense in the first half. That allowed them to pull away early from UE and get the win. Concepcion got the game started with eight points and two threes in the first quarter alone. The Growling Tigers built an eight-point lead after that.

In the second quarter, Chabi Yo added eight points of his own to power a 29-11 run during that stretch. UST took a 26-point lead at one point, taking full command of the game. Huang was a steady presence throughout the game. He hit big shots to quell UE runs and keep UST ahead all the way to the final buzzer.

The Ateneo Blue Eagles stayed perfect in Season 82. They played a gritty game to survive a tough Adamson squad, 80-74. The Blue Eagles win their ninth straight game while the Falcons lose their fourth straight and drop to 3-6.

Thirdy Ravena had his best game of the season, dropping 23 points with four rebounds and five assists. Will Navarro added 11 points and four blocks while Matt Nieto scored 11 and dished out five dimes. Matthew Daves scored a career-high 10 points to help the Blue Eagles. Jerrick Ahanmisi and Val Chauca scored 17 points each to lead the Falcons.

Adamson was looking to break their losing streak and get back to fighting for a Final Four spot. They got big games from Joshua Yerro, Lenda Douanga and Chauca in the first two quarters. From a four-point deficit in the first, they were able to take a three-point lead heading into the half.

The Blue Eagles woke up in the third quarter and had one of their signature runs to reclaim control of the game. Thirdy Ravena scored 10 of his 23 points in the third period to lead Ateneo. They exploded for a 29-13 run to take a 13-point lead in the game. Chauca tried to pull Adamson back in the game, scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter. But Ateneo’s lead was just too much to overcome.

In the first game of the day, the NU Bulldogs got their second win of the season, taking down the FEU Tamaraws in OT, 85-79. NU stays at the bottom with a 2-7 record while FEU drops to fifth with a 4-5 slate.

Dave Ildefonso put on a show, exploding for 27 points on 47% shooting. He also had 11 rebounds to his name. Issa Gaye scored 16 points and hauled down 10 rebounds while John Lloyd Clemente scored 15 on four triples. Barkley Eboña scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for FEU.

Both teams traded blows all the way to the final buzzer of regulation. Ildefonso drained a three-pointer that put the Bulldogs up by one with less than two minutes left in the game. Eboña answered back with a bucket inside to pull the Tamaraws back ahead. With less than 20 seconds left in the final period, Clemente nailed a triple that put the Bulldogs back up. Eboña answered right back with another basket inside to tie the game. FEU put on a strong defensive stand in the final seconds to send the game to OT.

In the extra period it was all NU. Ildefonso and Clemente opened OT with back-to-back threes to put their team up by eight. The Bulldogs held on to the win after that blast.