UST snaps La Salle’s streak, takes game 1 of UAAP finals

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Fans of UST and La Salle fill up the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City to cheer for their teams who, after six years, will fight for the right to be crowned champion in the UAAP basketball seniors’ event. Game 1 Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, went to the Tigers who will try to win it all on Saturday. Video by INQUIRER.net’s Noy Morcoso lll

MANILA, Philippines — University of Santo Tomas drew first blood and escaped La Salle, 73-72, in a thrilling windup Wednesday in the best-of-three finals of the UAAP season 76 men’s basketball tournament.

The Tigers, who opened with 17-point lead, had to buck a late-game heartbreak after they botched an inbound play and gave La Salle ample time to snatch the victory away.

But a wide-open Almond Vosotros missed the mark from deep, then LA Revilla had his attempt swatted away by Karim Abdul before the time expired for the Green Archers.

“Breaks of the game, either team could’ve won, and I was shocked that we won,” said head coach Pido Jarencio, who was in better spirits.

UST snapped La Salle’s season-best nine-game winning streak.

It wasn’t just the stops that pushed the Tigers to the brink of reliving the glory, but clutch performances from Kevin Ferrer and Jeric Teng kept them ahead down the stretch.

Teng, who’s playing on his last year, scored deep in the baseline over two defenders with 1:37 to play, then Ferrer launched a booming triple a minute after for a 73-69 lead.

“His game is really going up,” said Jarencio of Ferrer, who torched the Tigers with five triples for 20 points.

Karim Abdul added 19 points in showcasing his versatility from inside and the perimeter while Teng chipped in 17 markers.

Jeron Teng, who countered with a brave three-point play to make it 72-73, had 15 points for the Green Archers while Vosotros had 20.

Game two is set on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, with UST aiming to bag the title since 2006 while La Salle hoping to extend the series to a decider.

Originally posted at 5:36 p.m.

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  • breakingball

    DLSU has the last say in the game… fortunately for UST refs said nothing… otherwise a mysterious 6th man would have made the difference…

  • archerfan

    good game from both teams! experience ang nagpanalo sa ust. at pag di tumigil si vosotros sa kaswapangan at kayabangan nya, tapos na laban sa sabado. at yung bear, teddy bear lang yan dahil sobra lambot.

  • Noel

    I’m going to place my bet that La Salle is going to be the Champ this year.

    • aryel

      I-place mo na bet mo!

      • Noel

        Last year pa. Di naman puwedeng laging azul na lang. Kaya depressed ang mga tao dahil puro blue ang kulay. Suportahan naman natin ang environment. Let’s go Green.

      • aryel

        Let’s go Yellow! :-)

  • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

    I knew it. Jeric is the better player of the Teng brothers. 1 more game and it will be a bittersweet last season of Jeric. Go Jeric GO!

  • wawa2172

    Galing nang UST dahil kay coach jarencio. Nakalbo na sa pag coach pero gumagana pa rin ang strategies sa bench. His key players in Teng and Ferrer do wonder for his team. La Salle is a very dangerous team, so young but can deliver at tiyak babawi ito sa second game. Congrats UST and La Salle for the exciting UAAP games. Ang state U hangang ngayon di pa rin makapasa sa standard ang UAAP, imagine a zero win in all its games, mahirap ma break ang bad record na ito ah. Nakatatak ito sa puso at damdamin nang nga Marons…talo na naman at nose bleed zero win pa..hu hu hu

    • Maglalawis

      Hehehe. Kesyo zero win man yan o natalo sa best of 3 ng UAAP Finals, pareho pa ring talunan. Ang mahalaga sa UAAP ay ang Championships at hindi kung pang-ilan ka sa standings o di kaya ay kung ilan ang naipanalo o talo ng bawat team. Magiging ka-level pa rin ng UP na 0-14 ang matatalo sa series na ‘to… parehong hindi CHAMPIONS. LOL!

      • wawa2172

        Salamat sa pakikiramay mo sa amin, pero ang totoo 0-14 ang UP. Oo nga di naging champion ang iba na di nakapasok sa finals di naman kulelat at mayron panalo. UP nasa huli, zero win pa..hu hu hu…at hu hu hu pa rin..thanks bro..:(

  • wawa2172

    Galing ni Jarencio, kahit nakalbo na sa pag coach gumagana pa rin ang

  • blade_29

    Go uste! One more game to go!

  • Maglalawis

    Ayayay naisahan ng UST ang DLSU. Kelangan gumawa ng paraan ang UAAP board neto. Hehehe

    • aryel

      ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

  • indiosbravos2002

    Sucky shooting and indecisiveness by DLSU players in the first quarter cost them the game. 1-11 FG. 17pt lead… come on!

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