The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers received a huge boost from Ed Daquioag in the fourth quarter to hold off Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras, 66-59, in the 2015 FilOil-Flying V Hanes Premier Cup, Wednesday afternoon at the FilOil-Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
UST raised the curtains of the opening frame with an 11-4 lead after a Jon Sheriff layup with less than seven minutes in the quarter. The Cobras closed within two, 11-9, after baskets from Jovanie Luz and Jeff Auditor, but an 8-4 UST run with key halted their rhythm to end the quarter in the Growling Tigers’ favor, 19-13.
The Cobras turned the tables in the following quarter, trimming the UST lead to just one, 26-25, with less than five minutes remaining. UST, however, widened the gap to three, 32-29, after an Enrique Caunan and-one lay-up past the two-minute mark, but SWU managed to end the first half behind by just one, 32-31.
SWU finally had the chance to tie the game in the third canto, 37-all, after a Boko Mupungo jumper in the 6:23 mark, but UST, behind layups from Daquioag and triples from Bonleon and Kent Lao, regained their form and closed the third quarter ahead by four, 49-45.
From the deficit, SWU took the lead, 54-52, with exactly five minutes to go in the final quarter. However, that was their last taste of the lead, as Daquioag contributed 12 points down the stretch to outscore the Cobras, 14-5, to come out victorious and improve their record to 4-3.
Daquioag topscored for UST with 22 points, shooting 10 of 16 from the field (63 percent), while Bonleon posted a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. On the other hand, Daryl Goloran was the only Cobra that hit double-digit scoring for his team with 16 points.
UST and SWU will face their opponents this Saturday, June 6, with the Growling Tigers going up against DLSU Green Archers at 5 PM while the Cobras will have CEU Scorpions at 11:45 am.
UST 66 – Daquioag 22, Bonleon 14, Sheriff 9, Lao 9, Kakonda 4, Caunan 4, Magno 2, Arana 2, Lee 0, Huang 0.
SWU 59 – Goloran 16, Tallo 8, Bregondo 8, Parker 7, Mupongo 6, Auditor 5, Holper 5, Luz 4, Acuño 0, Racho 0.