19 May 2015,
St. Placid gymnasum,
Sam Beda College campus,
I watched a game of the University of Santo Tomas Tiger Cubs when they played against the Ateneo de Davao Blue Squires last Tuesday, May 19 at the St. Placid gymnasium inside the San Beda College-Manila campus in Mendiola.
I’m almost clueless as to who are seeing action for the Tigers Cubs.
And, I’m completely at a loss at who are the members of these young team of Davaoenos.
(UST Tiger Cub Clark Ballada in a possession battle with Ateneo de Davao’s Josh Barrientos).
Still, it’s still a fascinating junior division matchup in the ongoing 21st Fr. Martin Summer Cup basketball tournament.
It’s the fourth week of the competitions, and I’m seeing players whom I’ve never seen come up with shining moments in their game.
The Tiger Cubs managed to pull off a 69-49 swamping of Ateneo de Davao, and it was their third straight win in a row.
(Cyril Narvasa goes for a layup).
This put the Tiger Cubs in contention for the quarterfinal slots available in Group B.
They joined the San Beda-A Red Cubs and the University of Perpetual Help Junior Altas in the early lead.
And all have the same unbeaten record.
(Ateneo de Davao’s Ian Angeles (right) guards his man, Japzon).
Ian Hobson was their best scorer with18 points, along with Cyril Narvasa 8 points.
They had it easy in this game, and after UST jumped ahead, 23-16.
The Allan Ascue-coached Tiger Cubs widened the gap to 16 in the second half, and had a 40-24 lead at halftime.
(UST Tiger Cub Ian Japzon).
As time goes by the character of this team will emerge.
I guess they have six months to prepare for season 78 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.
(Lance Carr of Ateneo de Davao goes for a layup).