Nursing a 49-27 lead at the break, it would take a complete collapse for the UST Growling Tigers to get back at the DLSU Green Archers. They got close, holding DLSU to just seven third quarter points, and threatening with just a point difference, 72-71 with seconds to go, but Jarelan Tampus saved the day after nearly ruining it for the green shirts, missing two charities, but securing the rebound and then making up for his gaffe by knocking these two down. With Kevin Ferrer missing an off-balance trey to force OT, La Salle was able to escape with the win, 74-71. (Recap here)
What's at Stake:
- Both teams possess 4-5 records and are tied for the fourth seed, behind the third-place 6-4 FEU Tamaraws. With five games remaining on tap for both these squads, a win here would be huge, placing large amounts of pressure on the loser to sweep their remaining games if they hope to make the post-season.
DLSU Player to Watch : Norbert Torres came out and dueled Karim Abdul to a standstill, getting 21 points and eight rebounds, but contributing five blocks as well. With Yutien Andrada out for the season and Arnold Van Opstal becoming a foul magnet, Torres will likely carry the load down low, and will need to come up big on both sides of the court.
UST Player to Watch : Jeric Teng was coming off the bench in their first round game after an injury sidelined him in their previous encounter, playing just 24 minutes and finishing with 14 points. Teng can be both a boon and a bane for UST as shown in that meeting. Teng was a disappointing 2 of 10 from the field, 1 for 4 from downtown, but he made up for it with a 9 for 10 stint at the foul line. If he gets into attack mode and sends Van Opstal and Torres into foul trouble, things open up drastically for UST.
Prediction: UST Growling Tigers