After winning their first two matches [vs NU & UE], the Tigers lost three straight [vs Adu, FEU, ADM]. 20% isn't in any department is bad, specially if it's in the win-loss record. With the Fighting Maroons fresh from their upset of powerhouse FEU, Coach Jarencio knew that their game against UP wouldn't be a walk in the park.
In a rare shining moment for the Maroons, Ifeanyi Mbah posterizes
UST's Karim Abdul for a slammer. Mbah contributed 7 points while
Abdul pitched in 8. Karim Abdul, though, had a double,
in 14 rebounds, while Mbah managed only 4.
Fortunately for the Growling Tigers, the fighting form that the Maroons displayed against the Tams the previous Thursday was simply not there. UST had 58 boards to UP's 33, UST registered a 36.2% field goal clip against UP's 29.3%, UST shot 68.2% from the charity lane while UP shot 59%. No Fighting Maroon reached double figures, while Tigers Fortuna and Afuang scored 16 and 13 points respectively. In scoring per quarter, UST outscored UP during the quarters. UST won by 19 [68-49].
Jeric Fortuna almost made a double double.
The Tigers' leading scorer had 16 points and 9 boards.
Fighting Maroon Carlo Gomez, here in a first half offensive sequence,
put in only 2 points but claimed 4 boards.
Half of Camus 12 rebounds were offensive.
He complemented it with 8 points and 2 assists.