Swingman Ed Daquioag carried University of Santo Tomas (UST) to a hard-earned 67-59 win over host University of the Philippines (UP) on Sunday to stay undefeated in three games in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 78 men’s basketball competition at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The 6-foot-3 Daquioag tallied 17 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter in addition to six rebounds to lead the Growling Tigers to their third consecutive win.
“I think I have to make a good exam¬¬ple to my teammates,” said Daquioag, who shot 8-of-12 in the field and made 8-of-12 shots in the foul line.
Kevin Ferrer added 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Came¬ro¬o¬nian Karim Abdul had eight points and eight rebounds also for UST.
The Growling Tigers controlled the early part of the game, but the Fighting Maroons refused to give up even the closing seconds of the game especially when they narrowed the gap down to two points.
But Daquioag made most of his free throws in the dying seconds to seal the win.
“We were just lucky because we executed well our defense and offense,” said UST mentor Bong Dela Cruz during post game interview. “Ed’s confidence is getting high. I’m hoping he sustains his performance.”
Diego Dario led UP with 15 points, while Paul Desiderio added 12 points and seven rebounds. Jose Manuel made three triples for nine points for the Fighting Maroons, who earlier defeated University of the East and De La Salle University.
UST won the rebounding battle 45-41 while UP absorbed 20 turnovers compared to its opponent’s 14.
In the second game, Far Eastern University blasted De La Salle University, 93-75, for its second win in three games. The Green Archers fell to 1-2.