MANILA, Philippines – Sherwin Concepciপ্তn warmed up in the fourth quarter by beating East University, 74-62, ahead of University of Santo Thomas for its first win in the UAAP Season 84 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday.
With Harvey Pagsanjan scoring five points in a row to give UE a 60-55 lead with 6:47 remaining, Concepcion took matters into his own hands, scoring 10 of his career-high 25 points to spark a 19-2 run on the way to UST. First win after three matches.
Concepcion has drilled six triples, including a back-to-back tray that gave the Growling Tigers a 70-62 lead in the final two minutes and had five rebounds and three assists to end his team’s two-game skid.
Nic Cabanero led the UST with 12 points and seven rebounds. Christian Manate also scored 12. Brian Santos double-double posted 10 points and 12 boards, with Joshua Fontanila having eight markers and eight assists.
“I give credit to my players, they did not give up. It was a tough fight to stretch but the players showed their strength for this win, “said US head coach Ginino Manansala after his first win at UAAP.
“This victory is for the Thomasian community. We dedicate every game to them. ”
UST forced Far Eastern University, National University, and Adamson University to tie four-way in fourth place with the same 1-2 cards, while UE dropped to its third consecutive rate.
Orin Katakutan led the Red Warriors with 17 points and five rebounds, while Pogsanjan had 10 markers in another defeat.
UST 74 – Concepcion 25, Cabanero 12, Manaytay 12, Santos 10, Fontanilla 8, Yongco 3, Ando 2, M. Pangilinan 2, Manalang 0, Garing 0, Mantua 0, Samudio 0, Gomez de Liano 0, Cabanero 0,
UE 62 – Catacutan 17, Pagsanjan 10, Escamis 9, Antiporda 7, Lorenzana 5, N. Paranada 4, Beltran 4, Guevarra 4, Sawat 2, K. Paranada 0, Tulabut 0, Je. Cruz 0, Villanueva 0.
Quarters: 25-24, 36-39, 50-53, 74-62.
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