July 30, Saturday
A won game lost or a lost game won ?
It depends if you're from FEU or UST.
It could have been UST's second overtime game and FEU's first, but it wasn't meant to be. The bitter end came fast, for the Tigers, that is. After managing the Tamaraws for over three quarters, Pido's boys succumbed to the pressure and faltered during crunch time. Tiger Jeric Teng's season high 23 went to naught while Tamaraw Cris Tolomia's last three points [he totalled 10 in the game] just was enough for the Tamaraws to win a lost game.
Even I was a micro second too late when I pressed my shutter.
The ball was already out of frame.
Shooting a poor 2 out of 7 from 3-point land, Mr. T,
Cris Tolomia, scored when it mattered the most -
breaking a tie with 2.8 seconds left in the match.
The Tigers came out Growling and kept the Tamaraws at bay for three quarters and a half - until Bert's boys slowly imposed their will on the game. Pido's charges had lost their touch whilst still being very agressive and going for the high percentage drives in the 4th quarter.
Karim Abdul, despite his gutsy moves managed only three for the night. But I admire the guy. Thing is, he will have more opportunities in UST's next 9 or so elimination matches. Go for it Karim!
It was the night when the two Jerics totalled 39 points together. Fortun contributed 16 while Teng put in 23.
In the end game Teng kept his agressiveness -
but the Tamaraws defended him well.
This is Teng's last drive-in attempt of the match.
After RR Garcia tied the match at 57-all, Teng's careless throw in resulted in an Exciminiano interception and point blank shot right in front of Teng !
Jeric Fortun, with nerves of steel, retaliated to forge a deadlock
at 59 apiece [and possible overtime] with exactly 24 seconds left !!
This then set the stage for Tolomia's corner three.
The UST Faithful whooping it up, expecting a huge upset over their neighbors from Morayta. But as the saying goes - It's not over til it's over -and this one went to the Tamaraws.