Sportswriter’s Notebook: 20th Fr. Martin Summer Cup- The UST Growling Tigers and Perpetual Help Altas in a battle for the crown

June 7, 2014,

Saturday

2 p.m.

Trinity University of Asia gymnasium

Quezon City

A classic showdown between the best of the UAAP and the NCAA is on again this week.

 

This is what will happen when  the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers and the University of Perpetual Help Altas battle it out for the crown.

 

And the much coveted men’s title of the 20th Fr. Martin Summer Cup is now at stake for the two on Thursday.

 

Their clash will come four days after the La Salle Green Archers won over the San Beda Red Lions, 71-66, last Sunday in their fight for the 2014 FilOil-Flying V Premier Cup Preseason title at the Arena in San Juan.

 

The UST Growling Tigers, coached be Segundo de la Cruz III, relied on their experience to put away the Enderun College Titans, 74-66, in their semifinals showdown last Saturday, June 7, at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium in Quezon City.

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(UST cager Levi de la Cruz past a player from Trinity University of Asia in this piece of action taken a week before the semifinals)- photo taken from Panasonic Lumix FZ-200 camera)

 

The University of Perpetual Help Altas, behind coach Lester del Rosario,  survived a tough challenge put up by the  San Beda-B Red Lions, 85-83, in overtime, and in a gamehigh which finished mid-afternoon.

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(a triple-team San Beda rookie Lancelot Abude goes for a jump shot past Perpetual Help Altas big man Prince Eze (left) )- photo taken from my Panasonic Lumix FZ200 camera.

 

This will be first for the Growling Tigers will fight for pre-season honors.

 

For the Altas, they are coming back after losing last year’s crown to the National University Bulldogs.

 

The Growling Tigers to get past the Titans, they turned to the free throws of top scorer Louie Vigil in the final minute.

 

Vigil, who is coming back after a year’s absence with the team found his mark after Enderun  stayed within striking distance off Willo Turingan’s charity, 66-70.

 

He hit 18 points, and this included four charities in the last 5.9 seconds which won the game for them.

 

“Enderun played good. It was shaky for us in the third and fourth quarter. But our shots connected in the end, and our defense worked well,” said de la Cruz after the game, and as he lingered on and spent time watching the Altas do battle with the Red Lions.

 

In the meantime, Juneric Baloria  fired a gamehigh 18 points.

 

He won the game for the Altas, and Baloria  came into the picture right after Donald Tankoua  put the Red Lions ahead for the first and last last time.

 

Baloria immediately made his move after Tankoua struck with a drive off rookie Ranbill Tongco’s pass, 83-80, and with 25.6 seconds left.

 

Baloria’s two charities and three-point play in the last 10.33 seconds found their mark following fouls by Nichol Sorela and Alfredo Sedillo.

This allowed the Altas to escape with the win via two-point margin at endgame.

 

“The boys got overconfident against the Red Lions. Good thing they kept their composure in overtime,” said Altas coach Lester del Rosario.

 

The Altas were all set to beat the Red Lions in regulation after Baloria sank two charities, 74-72, in the last 3.7 seconds.

 

But Tongco unleashed a quick triple at the buzzer, sending the match into an extra five minutes, 74-all.

 

Tankoua had 23 points for the Red Lions, who came charging back from a 26-43 halftime deficit.

 

Baloria capped a 10-4 run in the first period, which allowed the Altas to take charge, 21-15, and move away from an 11-all deadlock.

 

The Titans were led by Jordan Rios with 16 points.

 

They finished the elimination round with a 6-3 win-loss record in Group A, and after they bowed to the Arellano University Chiefs, 48-62, in their last game.

Meanwhile, the San Beda Red Cubs, with Joshua Caracut leading with 20 points,  made it to the junior finals as well, and after Norrish Decapia scored the winning shot in the last two seconds to win over the National University Bullpups.

 

The Red Cubs will meet the Adamson Baby Falcons in the high school championship, and after they outplayed Xavier School, 80-66, and with JD Tungcab making 25 points.

 

 

The Altas were all set to beat the Red Lions in regulation after Baloria sank two charities, 74-72, in the last 3.7 seconds.

 

But Tongco unleashed a quick triple at the buzzer, sending the match into an extra five minutes, 74-all.

 

Tankoua had 23 points for the Red Lions, who came charging back from a 26-43 halftime deficit.

 

Baloria capped a 10-4 run in the first period, which allowed the Altas to take charge, 21-15, and move away from an 11-all deadlock.

 

The Titans, starring Jordan Rios with 16 points against the Tigers, finished the elimination round with a 6-3 win-loss record in Group A, and after they bowed to the Arellano University Chiefs, 48-62, in their last game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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