UAAP: Tigers Bite Back At Tamaraws To Force Do-Or-Die Match

The Tigers strike back!

Beating the Tamaraws by six points, 62-56, at game 2 of the UAAP Finals, The UST Growling Tigers stood in the way of an FEU championship win.


Photo Credits to: Peter Baltazar

FEU came in strong from the tip-off, taking an early-game lead against the Tigers in the first two quarters of the game.

At the half, the Tamaraws were up by nine, 21-30.

Things took a miracle turn at the start of the third quarter. Coming from the halftime break, UST’s Kevin Ferrer took the stage, bagging three points after three points after three points to turn the game towards UST’s favor. By the end of the quarter, UST had a six-point advantage, 47-41.

The Tamaraws didn’t go down without a fight in the fourth. Unleashing an 11-0 run early in the fourth quarter, the Tamaraws were able to reclaim the lead. But the lead was short-lived, with UST grabbing it back nearing the 2 minute mark.

With the clock winding down into the last few seconds of the game, FEU’s attempts failed to pan out properly, handing UST free-throw opportunities to extend their lead. The score was 62-56 in favor of UST at the buzzer.

Kevin Ferrer led the Tiger pack with a career-high of 29 points, scoring 24 points from the third quarter alone. He also scored 10 rebounds and 2 assists. Kareem Abdul followed him with 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. Ferrer closed with 50% Field Goal percentage, while Abdul closed with 33%.

For the Tamaraws, Mark Belo marked 16 points, 11 rebounds, and a 44% FG, next to him was Roger Pogoy with 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 25% FG. Mike Tolomia failed to sink all 15 shot attempts from the field.

Currently, the both teams are tie with one win each. And a final game on Wednesday, December 2, will decide whose championship dry spell will end.

Who do you think will win the championship title?