Shej Roi Sumang nailed the game-winning shot to power University of the East (UE) to a 68-67 squeaker over University of Santo Tomas (UST) on Thursday in UAAP men’s basketball at the Araneta Coliseum.
Sumang, who scattered 20 points and dished out 10 assists with four rebounds, slipped past UST’s Karim Abdul to score the go-ahead lay-up with 11 seconds for UE’s 5-3 win-loss record at the start of the second round.
Down 47-58 entering the fourth quarter, the Red Warriors outscored the Growling Tigers in the payoff frame, 21-9, behind Sumang’s surge. Sumang gave UE its first lead at 59-58 before UST regained the lead at 67-64.
But Sumang scored twice, including the game-winning lay-up to deal the Growling Tigers a 4-4 record.
The Warriors avenged their 88-77 loss to the Growling Tigers in their first-round encounter.
Earlier, reigning champion Ateneo de Manila University relied on the all-around play of skipper Kiefer Ravena to score a come-from-behind 67-59 victory over University of the Philippines (UP).
Ravena racked up 14 points and 14 rebounds with five assists and three steals, while Juami Tiongson and rookie Chris Newsome contributed 11 points each for the Blue Eagles.
Despite trailing by 11 points in the first half, the Blue Eagles unleashed a crippling 8-0 blast in the start of third quarter to snatch the advantage, 41-34, and even stretched it to 61-49 with only four minutes left in the game.
“I think that we could have done a little bit better, bracing ourselves for more tougher situations in the second round,” said Ateneo head coach Bo Perasol, who started the season with 0-3 record. “But as any other coach will say, I’ll take the win any time.”
The winless Fighting Maroons are still winless after eight games.
UP’s Joseph Marata scored 15 points.
JOSEF T. RAMOS