The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers defeated the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, 78-72, in the FilOil Flying V pre-season collegiate basketball tournament at the San Juan Arena on Wednesday.
It was a tight match between the two UAAP ball clubs but the heroics of veteran Kevin Ferrer saved the day for the Growling Tigers.
The piercing offense of the Fighting Maroons was evident for three quarters as they led, 54-52, over UST going into the fourth.
However, UST prevailed in the fourth following the charge by Ferrer, who consequently tallied 19 points and seven rebounds.
Despite an output of 19 points and 10 rebounds, Cris Vito failed to lead the country’s state university to victory.
Filoil action continues today featuring matches between Emilio Aguinaldo College and Jose Rizal University, followed by the meeting between Mapua Institute of Technology and Southwestern University.
Also, reigning NCAA champs San Beda College Red Lions is set to face the UP Fighting Maroons while UAAP champs National University will go against Adamson University.