Aug. 4, Thursday
Mbah's Breakout Game
The end of the 1st Quarter saw a deadlock between UP and FEU, the end of the half saw a 3-point UP lead, and the end of the 3rd saw a 9-point UP lead. Something was not right, I said to myself -- I had the feeling that a major upset was very, very possible, the way the Maroons were executing - with a lot of confidence and a lot of hunger. One could feel that "kaba" I'm sure every Tamaraw fan felt as it was very clear that the momentum was on UP's side. The body language of the Diliman boys, the look of the Morayta boys on the bench, the "kunot" on Coach Flores" forehead -- all pointed to, at least, a cardiac end game, if not a shocking loss for the Tams.
Be prepared to face bruiser Mark Bringas whenever you play FEU.
One shouldn't be intimidated because that's just part of the Tamaraws' game.
Mike Silungan chipped in 16 points while Jelo Montecastro and
Ifeanyi Mbah contributed 14 points each.
Mark Bringas was summarily ejected from the game and metted
a one game suspension for his rough housing tactics.
When UP's "Jett" Manuel is in the zone - he is simply deadly.
This was one of the most impressive putbacks of the match where Manuel outhustled two Tamaraws, contorted his body to avoid a block by Ramos
[who he knew was ready to pounce on his shot], and scored on a scoop shot
on the way down !! This rising star gave UP its biggest boost by converting on 4 of his 5 2-pt. attempts and 9 of his 11 free throws.
He was the top scorer for UP with 20 points.
As they say in Tagalog, "Matira ang Matibay", and after four quarters, it was UP on top by 13 [76-63]. The Fighting Maroons had outshot the Tamaraws; the UP boys registered a 46.6% field goal clip while their victims could only manage 38.7%. Coach Dandan's charges rebounded better and had more second chance points - they also beat the opposition 14 to 4 on
fastbreak points. As Coach stated at the post game interwview,
"We were due for another win".