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Tigers halt 5-game skid as hot-handed Lee delivers

Marvin Lee fired five triples for a 22-point output in UST's win over NU. 

By Ricky Manliguis

QUEZON CITY—University of Santo Tomas’ nightmares are over, many thanks to the hot shooting of Marvin Lee.
Lee provided the spark from beyond the arc as the Growling Tigers tamed a suddenly vulnerable National U side, 73-69, to bring its five-game losing spell to a halt in Saturday’s UAAP LXXIX action at the Big Dome.
The sophomore guard came away with a game-high 22 points, including three triples in a 9-0 run bridging the third and fourth periods to give the EspaƱa dribblers its third win as against seven losses.
After a tight 34-all in the first, the Tigers unleashed its fangs anew to pad the lead to 60-47 in the middle of the final canto.
NU came with a run of its own to come within five points, but Lee and Louie Vigil killed its upset ambitions, connecting two consecutive short-ranged shots for a 71-52 UST edge.
The 19-year old finished with a 5-of-7 clip from downtown on top of four steals and three assists. Vigil added 20 points, seven rebounds, and five dimes, while Jamil Sheriff cashed in 19 markers and six steals.
NU suffered its third consecutive setback to fall to a 4-5 win-loss slate. Matt Salem and Alfred Aroga paced the team with 20 and 13 markers, respectively.  

The scores:
UST 73 — Lee 22, Vigil 20, Sheriff 19, Faundo 4, Lao 2, Arana 2, Subido 2, Basibas 2, Afoakwah 0, Huang 0, De Guzman 0, Macasaet 0.
NU 69 — Salem 20, Aroga 13, R. Diputado 12, Gallego 8, Sinclair 8, Alejandro 3, Salim 3, Mosqueda 2, Morido 0, C. Diputado 0, Rangel 0, Go 0, Pate 0.

Quarterscores: 22-14; 34-34; 54-47; 73-69.

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