Back from the grave, we never say die!

The UST Growling Tigers together with the UST crowd celebrate as the Tigers beat the Bulldogs in overtime at the Smart Araneta Coliseum 58-57.
Photo ©Yahoo! Sports Philippines

After the devastating 27 point defeat at the hands of the FEU Tamaraws, call these Tigers once again the “Comeback Kings” of the UAAP as they pull off their 4th come from behind victory in UAAP Season 75 as they defeat the NU Bulldogs in overtime at the Smart Araneta Coliseum 58-57. With the win, the Tigers go up to 7-2 tied with the Tamaraws and keeping their sight on the league-leading Ateneo at 7-1. The Tigers were down by as many as 17 points during the game and were held to only 14 points in the first half. However, the Tigers once again showed their “never say die” attitude in coming back from large deficits to pull off big victories this season.

Aljon Mariano sets another career high in scoring this season with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 block including the game winning shot in overtime with 4.4 seconds left in the overtime period. Jeric Fortuna scored 8 points, a season high 8 assists and 5 rebounds including the three pointer which sent the game into overtime. Karim Abdul finished with a double-double 10 points and 10 rebounds with 3 blocks and 2 steals, but fouled out in the overtime period and was limited by the imposing defense of the Bulldogs big men like Emmanuel Mbe and Henri Betayene. Jeric Teng and Clark Bautista also scored 8 points each. While Kevin Ferrer only scored a basket which was off a missed three by Jeric Teng to keep the Tigers afloat in the 4th quarter, however he did a spectacular job of defending Bobby Ray Parks throughout the game.

Parks led the Bulldogs with a double-double 15 points (9 of them were at the line), 11 rebounds with 4 blocks, 2 assists and 2 steals. Mbe also finished with a double-double 10 points and 13 rebounds but had to go through cramps in the final moments of the game. Mark De Guzman scored 8 points.

Next game for the Tigers will be against the De La Salle Green Archers in Round 2 of the Battle of the Tengs as UST’s Jeric once again squares off against his younger brother DLSU’s Jeron at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 12pm (delayed telecast on Studio 23 at 2pm)

Also, there was a revision in the upcoming schedule for the second round of the UAAP. Here is the new schedule for the games of your UST Tigers: 
vs DLSU Green Archers: August 29, 12:00 pm, Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay
vs AdU Soaring Falcons: September 1, 12:00 pm, Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City
vs UP Fighting Maroons: September 8, 2:00 pm, Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay
vs ADMU Blue Eagles: September 15, 4:00 pm, Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay
vs UE Red Warriors: September 20, 2:00 pm, Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay

Go USTe! One for UST! VIVA SANTO TOMAS!
NEVER SAY DIE! PRIDE, PUSO, PALABAN!
K-Smoove
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