University of Santo Tomas (UST) shoots for its third straight win and a share of the lead when it battles National University (NU) today in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 76 men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Growling Tigers will be facing the Bulldogs at 4 p.m.
Clashing in the opening game at 2 p.m. are University of the East (UE) and Adamson University.
UST holds the solo second spot with a 2-0 card behind unbeaten Far Eastern University (3-0). De La Salle University is in third spot with 2-1 while UE, NU and Adamson are tied in fourth with 1-1. Defending champion Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines remain winless in three games.
The Growling Tigers are fresh from a 67-62 victory over the Soaring Falcons with Kevin Ferrer scoring 17 points, four rebounds and four blocks, and skipper Jeric Teng contributing 15 points and six boards. But Cameroonian Karim Abdul, Clark Bautista and Aljon Mariano must also share the scoring load to stop the Bulldogs, who are raring to bounce back from a 67-71 loss against the Red Warriors.
Abdul was limited to just six points on three-of-14 shooting clip while Bautista and Mariano got nine and eight, respectively.
NU, on the other hand, will be bannered by back-to-back Most Valuable Player Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and Cameroonian Emmanuel Mbe along with forward Joeffrey Javillonar, Glenn Khobuntin and Jay Alejandro.
Mbe had a double-double 18 points and 11 boards the last time out but Parks failed to provide the needed spark as he struggled from the field and netted just 11 points in 30 minutes, quite far from his 22-point output in their 64-54 opening game win against Ateneo.
Parks, however, vowed to come back strong after that so-so showing.
2pm UE vs. Adamson
4pm NU vs. UST