Even with a suspected ACL injury over UE’s center Sam Razon was not enough to affect the University of the East Red Warriors to get their 2nd win against the UST Growling Tigers at the Araneta Coliseum for the opening of UAAP season 73rd’s 2nd round elimination.
A slow ball game at the start of the 1st quarter, Sam Razon was contributing on the middle against an undersized UST Growling Tigers, when at the backcourt guarding the paint the unlikely injury happens, with the absent of Sam Razon in the court, UST’s Melo Afuang attacks the paint to end the 1st quarter 13-12. The Growling Tigers continues to out hassle the Red Warriors for offensive rebounds and because of this even with a good field goal shooting from the Red Warriors they were able to keep close; and with Jeric Fortuna who finish the game 16 points led the UST Growling Tigers to end the 1st half 32-30 in favor of the Red Warriors.
A 7-0 run orchestrated by Raffy Reyes, JM Noble and James Martinez in the start of the 2nd half, but with a wise UST Tigers just melted that scoring blitz and went into a shootfest. 10 lead changes were the outcome, but with Paul Lee, Ken Acibar, and Lordy Casajeros slowly rebuilding the lead again; and after this its all Red Warriors to finish the 3rd quarter with a stately alley-hoop dunk from Paul Lee to Ken Acibar, 56-42.
In the final canto, the Red Warriors registered a 17 point lead with fastbreak plays from Lucas Tagarda and Paul Lee, however, a too proud UST Tigers were not ready to surrender the match, they attacked the basket to keep the lead into 9 points. But in the end, a hot James Martinez who scored 20 points, continues to find his range overcoming the Growling Tigers campaign to get back into the game. Eventually, the Red Warriors finish the game 75-65.
|(75) – Martinez 20, Lee 16, Acibar 14, Casajeros 7, Noble 6, Reyes 5, Razon 3, Tagarda 2, Rosopa 2, Zamar 0, Hernandez 0, Duran 0, Sumido 0.|
|(65) – Fortuna 14, Afuang 13, Teng 10, Bautista 9, Mariano 7, Camus 6, Pe 4, Marata 2, Marquez 0, Wong 0, Daquiaog 0.|