Mariano gets form back to lead Teng-less UST over UE


Aljon Mariano. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Aljon Mariano shook off his shooting slump at the most opportune time to lead University of Santo Tomas over University of the East, 88-77, Saturday in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Mariano, who came in averaging just six points in the Growling Tigers’ first three games, got his form back with 24 points and 11 rebounds to fill in for the injured Jeric Teng.

“I’m speechless because the boys really wanted to win for Jeric [Teng],” said UST coach Pido Jarencio.

“This is Mariano’s breakout game after he was injured,” added Jarencio.

Karim Abdul led UST in scoring with a career-best 25 points, 14 in the first half, to go along with 13 rebounds.

UST, which improved to 3-1, closed the game on a 16-4 run after UE led, 73-72. The Red Warriors dropped to 1-3.

Roi Sumang paced UE with 21 points, 20 of which came in the second half.

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks



latest videos