Renzo Subido made sure that the UST Growling Tigers had enough firepower to outgun the UP Fighting Maroons, 84-78, in a fast-paced shootout in UAAP Season 82 Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Subido buried a gutsy 3-pointer with 26.7 seconds left amidst the tight defense of Juan Gomez de Liaño to give the Tigers the necessary cushion they needed in the endgame.
"It was a good game for us especially coming from a loss. We followed coach Aldin's system. As a senior, I just gave my all," said Subido. "For me, as one of the leaders, this is my moment. I said I'm gonna take my shot. Win or lose, I made the decision I practice that every day. I was confident about my shot."
The fearless point guard finished with 13 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Sherwin Concepcion had 16 points, anchored by five triples, while Soulemane Chabi Yo tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds.
UST also got big contributions from CJ Cansino who added 12 points, all coming in the first half and Mark Nonoy who had to overcome an ankle injury in the first half to still chip in with seven points and stellar playmaking.
UST and UP figured in a back-and-forth, high-scoring affair. The Tigers caught fire early, hitting 12 triples in the first half, seven coming in the first quarter alone. Cansino and Concepcion were the instigators of their fiery offense, knocking down four long bombs each in the opening periods. The Tigers couldn't sustain their hot shooting as the Fighting Maroons remained within striking distance.
It came down to the last two minutes as Kobe Paras hit a booming trey to give UP a slim four-point edge, 78-74. UST answered with two foul shots from Subido and a shot from beyond the arc by Brent Paraiso. Paras, who was momentarily sidelined due to a shoulder injury in the first half, could not connect on his next possession, committing a turnover. Subido pounced on that opportunity with the cold-blooded triple. Free throws from Paraiso and Chabi Yo sealed the win for the Tigers.
"It was a good game," said UST coach Aldin Ayo. "It was a good win because it was a close game. Being a young team and making the right decisions down the stretch, that was big for us."
UST improved to a 6-5 record and is now in solo third place in the standings. UP, despite its 6-4 card, remained in second place.
UST 84 - Concepcion 16, Chabi Yo 14, Subido 13, Cansino 12, Huang 9, Ando 7, Nonoy 7, Paraiso 6, Bataller 0, Bordeos 0, Cuajao 0
UP 78 - Paras 18, Manzo 12, Rivero 12, Gomez de Liano Ja 11, Akhuetie 10, Gomez de Liano Ju 5, Mantilla 3, Murrell 3, Prado 2, Webb 2, Jaboneta 0, Spencer 0, Tungcab 0
QUARTERS: 23-22, 48-41, 60-57, 84-78
UST's 16 3-pointers were two shy of the UAAP record held by the FEU Tamaraws who hit 18 back in Season 80.
Rhenz Abando did not suit up against UP. Head coach Aldin Ayo refused to comment on the absence of his versatile forward.
With UP's loss, the Ateneo Blue Eagles are now assured of the top speed.
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