|Undeniable - UP's defense couldn't stop Bobby Ray Parks (pic source)|
NU 75 - UP 66
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Player of the Game : Bobby Ray Parks dropped 30 on the Maroons, as he took charge of the NU offense minus the foul-ridden Emmanuel Mbe. What's amazing about the feat are his high percentages: 3/7 from 3pt, 8/13 from the floor, 11/13 from the line. The 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals are just the icing on the cake.
UP Stat to Watch : The Maroons continue to hang around the perimeter and hope their shots go in. That worked out well in the second quarter, but once NU stole the momentum in the third, the shots stopped falling and the Maroons ought to have started attacking the rim. After 9 free throws attempted in their first outing, UP got 11 here, and made just 6.
UP Player to Watch : Alinko Mbah is clearly improving, getting 13 rebounds, 6 on the offensive end, and swatting two shots. The problem just continues to be how raw he is on offense, often settling for fade-aways despite his height. All in all he was 2 for 8 from the field, 3 of 5 from the line for 7 points.
NU Stat to Watch : The Bulldogs continue to lean on their perimeter shots, and when they are falling in like Parks' was yesterday, they're tough to beat. No doubt, having Mbe for limited minutes certainly hurt their ability to get points in the paint too, scoring just 22 to 32 perimeter points.
NU Player to Watch : NU head coach Eric Altamirano shook up his rotation, and so while Glenn Khobuntin retained his starting job, he got less minutes at the expense of guys like Kyle Neypes and Robby Celiz. He still finished with 7 points and 3 rebounds, in 17 minutes, but my feeling is it won't be long before he reverts back to his sixth man role from last season.
- UP unleashed a second quarter run that turned a 9-point deficit into a 3-point halftime lead. Keyed in by 23 points by the reserve backcourt of Jett Manuel and Gelo Montecastro, UP shot 12/18 from the field while holding NU to 6/16 shooting.
- UP also got a 15-2 advantage in fast break points in the second quarter, 23-6 total.
- Parks scored 19 of his 30 points in the second half, necessitated by Mbe's absence due to foul trouble.
|Steady as she goes, Jeric Fortuna quarterbacked his team to the win, while Lucas Tagarda laid an egg (pic source)|
UST 70 - UE 63
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Player of the Game : Jeric Fortuna once again proved to be the difference down the stretch for the Growling Tigers, nailing a big triple, the second of just two UST field goals in the fourth quarter, with 3:03 left, to push the lead back up to 65-53. Then when UE was down four, 65-61, with 10 seconds on the clock, it was Fortuna who hit the game-clinching free throws, to make it 67-61. All in all, Fortuna finished with 12 points on 4 of 10 shooting, while also dishing out a whopping 8 assists and swiping the ball 3 times.
UST Stat to Watch : The Tigers found themselves outhustled on the boards, despite a sizable advantage in height. The Red Warriors hauled down 20 offensive rebounds, to just 12 by the Tigers. UST also conceded 12 second chance points to UE, and scored just two of their own.
UST Player to Watch : Karim Abdul put up some nice numbers in this game, nearly notching a double-double with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in 24 minutes. That said, the Tigers didn't go to him more often, despite being guarded by smaller players.
UE Stat to Watch : Once again turnovers were UE's bane, as they made 14 errors to just 9 by UST. The Tigers got 18 turnover points in the process too. No turnover hurst more than the unforced error Adrian Santos committed at the 35 second mark of the fourth with the score at 65-59. With an open lane for a transition layup, the ball simply leaped out of Santos' grasp, giving possession back to UST.
UE Player to Watch : Chris Javier came off the bench this time, playing 20 quiet minutes. He scored all 6 of his points in one stretch in the third quarter, as the Tigers began building a twenty-point lead, and managed 6 rebounds and a block.
- The Growling Tigers went ice-cold in the fourth quarter, making just 2 of their 13 field goals, while turning the ball over 6 times. Luckily, they made 5 of their 6 charities down the stretch, successfully fending off the Red Warriors
- Of the Warriors' starting five of Erwin Duran, Joseph Montelibano, Von Chavez, Lucas Tagarda and Ebrahim Enguio, only Duran managed to score any points at all, leading to 61 bench points for UE.
UAAP Picking Record: 5-3