UAAP: Ferrer’s hot hands keep UST’s title drive alive in Game 2

UAAP: Ferrer’s hot hands keep UST’s title drive alive in Game 2

“Not today!”

This was the UST Tigers fans’ battle cry during Game 2 of the UAAP Finals in the jam-packed Araneta Coliseum last Saturday. The players, especially Kevin Ferrer, heard the call to defeat the FEU Tamaraws, 62-56, and force a rubber match on Wednesday (ET).

The Tamaraws were off to a very strong start by leading most of the way in the first half. When things are looking dim for the Tigers, Kevin Ferrer came in the 3rd quarter with a scoring barrage to help his team lead 47-41 in entering the 4th quarter.

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CS4A2921Ferrer, who finished with 29 points, had 24 in the 3rd quarter in which he made 6 three-point shots and even opened the 4th quarter with another 3-point shot.

FEU made a valiant effort in catching up with the heroics of Raymar Jose but the run fell short when Ferrer’s teammates – Ed Daquioag, Loui Vigil and Karim Abdul – contributed their part in neutralizing the FEU attack.

“I don’t want to go home crying,” said Ferrer, who delayed his final game as a UST Tiger for one more night.

Kevin Ferrer=Pido Jarencio
UAAP MVP runner-up Kevin Ferrer gets a congratulatory hug from former coach Pido Jarenico after his heroic role in UST’s Game 2 win.

On a historical night, Ferrer adds 10 rebounds from his scoring total and his teammates, Karim Abdul added 11 points with 6 rebounds and Ed Daquioag chipping in 10 points.

“I told them to smile and enjoy the game,” said in Tagalog by Coach Bong De La Cruz who thinks that the main reason they lost Game 1 that they forgot to enjoy the game they love to play. “But we need to play great defense as well.”

CS4A3074FEU’s King Tamaraw, Mac Belo had 16 points and 11 rebounds while RR Pogoy helped in with 12 points. Mike Tolomia, who was the main gun that will help Belo in scoring, had only 7 points and made no field goals.

The Tamaraws face the same situation from last year’s defeat with the NU Bulldogs wherein they were leading 1-0 and fell two straight games afterwards.

“The objective is not to repeat the same scenario,” simply said by FEU’s Coach Racela

Game 3 will be a do-or-die game for both teams as they will face-off on Wednesay, December 2, 2015 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The scores:

UST (62) — Ferrer 29, Abdul 11, Daquioag 10, Vigil 5, Bonleon 3, Lao 2, Lee 2, Faundo 0, Huang 0, Sheriff 0.

FEU (56) — Belo 16, Pogoy 12, Jose 9, Tolomia 7, Inigo 5, Orizu 3, Tamsi 2, Dennison 2, Ru. Escoto 0, Arong 0, Ri. Escoto 0, Trinidad 0.

Quarter scores: 13-20, 21-30, 47-41, 62-56.