Clark Daniel Bautista exploded with 27 points, all from the three-point area as the University of Sto. Tomas Growling Tigers pounced on host University of St. La Salle Stingers, 115-71, to strengthen its bid for the men’s basketball crown in the 17th Sandugo-University Games at the USLS Coliseum yesterday.
It was UST’s third win after ripping John B. Lacson Memorial University, 97-70, and the Ateneo de Davao University, 101-79.
At the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School, defending champion Ateneo De Manila University cruised to its second win against Holy Cross of Davao College, 94-67.
Allowing the Stingers to stay close in the first quarter, 21-16, Bautista started shooting triples in the second quarter, tallying five, while Kevin Ferrer backed him up with a couple of slams to lead the Tigers to a 49-29 halftime lead.
Bautista continued to sizzle in the third quarter as he delivered three more treys, while Louie Philippe Vigil, who finished with 19 points, joined the rampage with 10 points, six of them from the three-point arc as the Tigers enjoyed an 85-47 advantage going into the four quarter.
Totally overpowered, USLS managed to squeeze out 10 points from Arturo Cuaresma and four points each from Eman Sevilla and Kevin Villafranca.
The final minutes was an all-UST show as the lead ballooned to 47 points at 103-56, before the Tigers settled for 115-71 final score.
UST will face Adamson University this afternoon, 2 p.m. at the Bacolod Tay Tung High School Po Hang Gym, while USLS will tackle JBLMU at 12:30 p.m.
At the West Negros University Gym, NOPSSCEA champion WNU Mustangs crushed Davao-based University of Immaculate Conception, 107-73, to bounce back after an 82-62 opening day defeat at the hands of the Southwestern University.
Next assignment for the Mustangs is to get past UAAP semifinalist National University at 9:30 a.m. today at the USLS Coliseum.
Also registering a victory yesterday was the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Rams with a 92-78 taming of Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
The Rams eye their second win today against Iloilo’s University of San Agustin, 11 a.m. at the WNU Gym.
Women’s volleyball defending champion USLS Lady Stingers remains on track of a back-to-back title with another three-straight set victory against Cebu-based University of San Jose Recoletos, 25-17, 25-19 and 25-8.
The team will play against UST Tigresses today, 8:45 a.m. at the USLS-IS Covered Court, following the match-up between USJR and HCDC.
Also gaining some ground in the tournament are the Lady Rams of UNO-R, who streaked past St. Louis University for its second win to avenge the lose of its men’s team to Foundation University, 25-21, 25-20, and 25-19.
Adding excitement to the volleyball competition yesterday was the five-set thriller won by the UST men’s team again De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, 22-25, 25-20, 25-18, 18-25, and 16-14.*NAB
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