University of Santo Tomas (UST) relied on three-point shooting to soundly beat University of the East (UE), 80-66, on Saturday for its second victory in Season 81 University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
It was a fresh wind for the Growling Tigers after suffering heavy thrashing from Ateneo (53-85) and La Salle (72-99) last week. Triggermen Henri Subido and CJ Cansino shot 16 triples past the Warriors’ wall of defense en route to arresting a three-game losing skid and an improved 2-4 win-loss record for UST.
UST coach Aldin Ayo said that a more relaxed approach and returning to the basics seems to work well for his wards.
“We played well. The guys were relaxed and not really pressured,” said Ayo, adding that he told his players to slow down and have a spa break.
“In the last two games, we weren’t playing basketball. I told them to go back to the basics because that’s what’s lacking every time we had a bad game like boxing out, setting screens, timing.”
Subido finished with 22 points including five triples, while Marvin Lee and Zachary Huang contributed nine points apiece for the Growling Tigers.
UST erected a 23-17 lead after the first quarter eventually stretching its advantage to 39-23. The Tigers were never threatened from that point onward.
“It’s our hustle defense and extra passes. Coach Ayo restored our confidence,” said Cansino, who finished with 17 points and 17 rebounds. “We really prepared for this after being down the past two games.”
“We struggled to detect where the problem is. We’re good during practice but could not pull it off during the actual game.”
Red Warriors main man Alvin Pasaol had his second 30-point output after leading UE anew with 32 points but it wasn’t enough to save the day.
UE’s win-loss record dropped to 1-5, it’s lone win against Far Eastern University.
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