Growling Tigers shackle Lee, UE
by Sid Ventura
Saturday, 10 July 2010 1,083 Views | 20 Comments
UNIVERSITY of Sto. Tomas held University of the East to a solitary basket in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter to pound out an impressive 80-67 win and begin their UAAP Season 73 campaign on a bright note last July 10, 2010 at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Tigers hounded UE gunner Paul Lee all game long, holding him to only seven points on 2-of-10 shooting. Another UE shooter, comebacking James Martinez, was also held to seven points in the face of UST’s tough perimeter defense.
Jeric Teng, last year’s Rookie of the Year, got it done on both ends of the floor, topscoring for the Tigers with 15 points and putting the cuffs on Lee on defense.
“Sabi ko kay Jeric, huwag na niya patanggapin ng bola si Lee,” said UST coach Pido Jarencio. And indeed, Lee struggled to find his shot all night, missing all his four three-point attempts.
Teng said he knew it was a tough assignment, and was glad he got the job done. “Mabigat na responsibility iyon. But Coach always emphasizes defense to us.”
UST also unveiled a surprise package in swingman Eduardo Daquioag, a rookie from Rizal Technological University. Daquioag, who hails from Ilocos Norte, scattered 10 points in only 16 minutes of action.
“Sabi sa inyo, may lalabas diyan,” Jarencio said, referring to the little-known Daquioag, whom he had been keeping tabs on since the player was in high school.
“But I give credit to my players. For three to four months, pagod sa akin ang mga iyan. Hindi kami sumali ng summer leagues, kasi baka bababa lang ang morale namin, at kapag nangyari iyon, baka hindi ko lang sila maturuan.
“May kaunting lapses pa. But we played as a team and we won as a team.”
The Warriors, coming off a runner-up finish in Season 72, actually led at the half, 31-29, behind the stellar play of Ken Acibar. But they gave up 28 points in the third as the Tigers seized control of the pace of the game with an uptempo attack featuring Daquioag, Teng and Chris Camus.
Still, UST only led by two entering the fourth period. But UE suddenly went ice cold. After Biboy Enguio scored to bring the Warriors to within three at 60-57 with 7:48 left, the Warriors would not score again until Lee hit a driving lay-up at the 3:41 mark. By then, UST was already ahead 68-59.
Teng and Camus put the finishing touches on the win, teaming up for UST’s last six points after UE threatened for the last time at 74-67 on a Martinez triple.
Clark Bautista chipped in 14 points for UST on 4-of-6 shooting from long distance. Acibar scored 17 points to lead the Warriors, who shot a dismal 10-of-28 on free throws.
UST 80 – Teng 15, Bautista 14, Daquioag 10, Camus 10, Afuang 10, Mariano 7, Pe 4, Fortuna 4, Aytona 4, Tinte 2, Mamaril 0, Lo 0.
UE 67 – Acibar 17, Enguio 10, Zamar 9, Reyes 8, Martinez 7, Lee 7, Santos 5, Ayala 4, Razon 0, Casajeros 0, Duran 0.
Quarter scoring: 17-12, 29-31, 57-55, 80-67