• Growling Tigers grab share of lead

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    Ed Daquiag (no.8) of the Growling Tigers attempts to go through the defense of Nico Abatayo of the Falcons (no.10) in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Saturday. PHOTO BY RUY L. MARTINEZ

    Ed Daquiag (no.8) of the Growling Tigers attempts to go through the defense of Nico Abatayo of the Falcons (no.10) in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Saturday. PHOTO BY RUY L. MARTINEZ

    The University of Santo Tomas (UST) posted a 65-57 victory over National University (NU) in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Saturday. The win allowed the Growling Tigers to share the top spot with Far Eastern University that is holding a similar 8-1 win-loss record.

    Karim Abdul and Kevin Ferrer scored 13 points each while Ed Daquioag had 10 points for UST.

    The Bulldogs’ win-loss record dropped to 3-6.

    In the first game, Ateneo De Manila University capitalized on the superb performance of Kiefer Ravena to crush Adamson University 87-72 and claim its fifth win. The victory is a fresh wind for Ateneo after suffering back-to-back defeats. The Blue Eagles now have a 5-4 win-loss record.

    Ravena finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists and two steals to lead the Blue Eagles while guard Von Pessumal scored 17 points including three treys.

    “The production of everyone is very valuable in this game. I’m very comfortable to involve my team¬mates in today’s game,” said Ravena during a post game interview.

    It was a close fight in the opening quarter with the Blue Eagles leading 22-19. Ravena’s nine points in the second period allowed Ateneo to enjoy a 50-41 halftime advantage.

    Rookie Aaron Black got his rhythm in the third period, scoring 12 of his 14 points in that quarter to help the Blue Eagles outscore the Falcons in the third frame 29-17. Ateneo has a comfortable 79-58 lead by the start of the fourth period.

    The Falcons failed to stop the onslaught of the Blue Eagle in the fourth quarter.

    “We agreed that the remaining games would be important and we really wanted to add it to our win slate. This win is really important and anybody who can help Kiefer is a welcome development for us,” said Bo Perasol.

    Gwayne Capacio contributed 13 points also for the Blue Eagles, who registered more rebounds (43-30) and assists (26-8) than the Falcons.

    Pape Sarr posted 16 points and nine rebounds to lead Adamson University. The Falcons’ win-loss record dropped to 1-8.

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