By Yann Magcamit
PASAY CITY - The UST Growling Tigers continue their winning streak as they enter the second round of UAAP Season 81’s mens’ basketball eliminations by defeating the FEU Tamaraws with a final score of 78-70.
The Battle of Espana finds a winner in the UST Growling Tigers as they cut off the FEU Tamaraws’ momentum after winning three games in a row and skyrocketing to a triple-tie for the first spot at the team standings as the league’s first round came to a close.
Despite the Tamaraws applying the same impeccable defense that stifled the current season’s top two giants – the Adamson Soaring Falcons and Ateneo Blue Eagles, the Tigers managed to secure the perimeter despite 6 deadlocks and produced a lead as big as 11 points.
The Tigers also produced more points from their starters, amassing 44 points in comparison to the Tamaraws’ 36. Zach Huang also took on his career high with 20 points and 6 rebounds, making him the most efficient player for the game.
UST 78 - Huang 20, Lee 17, Subido 14, Mahinay 10, Cansino 5, Bataller 4, Bonleon 2, Caunan 2, Marcos 2, Cosejo 2, Agustin 0, Zamora 0
FEU 70 - Escoto 12, Tolentino 11, Orizu 8, Stockton 8, Gonzales 7, Cani 6, Ebona 6, Comboy 5, Parker 3, Bayquin 2, Iñigo 2, Tuffin 0
Quarterscores: 23-19, 37-33, 49-49, 78-70
Follow her on Twitter: @alltheloveyann.