by Mikhail Franz Flores
The University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons were outplayed at both ends of the court, bowing to the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 49-68, in the 74th UAAP basketball competitions Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
No Maroon scored in double figures, as Jelo Montecastro led UP with only nine points, while forward Mike Silungan, with only 10 percent shooting from beyond-the-arc, finished with just eight markers.
Guard Jett Manuel, who shined with 20 points in the Maroons’ victory over powerhouse Far Eastern University, was limited to just five points.
“We were outplayed, out coached, out everything,” said UP coach Ricky Dandan.
UP only shot 29 percent from the field and made only two out of 25 triples, compared to UST’s 36 percent shooting. The Tigers also dominated the boards over the Maroons, 58-33.
Jeric Fortuna paced UST with 16 points, 12 coming from the second half, and nine rebounds to snap the Tiger’s three-game losing skid.
“I’m speechless with my leader’s performance. If he performs well, then the team performs well too,” Tigers coach Pido Jarencio said of Fortuna.
Chris Camus added 13 points for UST while Karim Abdul fell one shot short of a double-double with eight points and 14 rebounds.
Lady, Junior Maroons also lose
Meanwhile, the UP Lady and Junior Maroons also suffered setbacks in their respective matches this weekend.
The Lady Maroons gave up a whopping 31 turnovers to surrender to a 48-60 throttling of the UST Growling Tigresses Sunday, while the Junior Maroons failed to put a clamp on the shooters of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets en route to a 54-79 loss Saturday, both at the Blue Eagle Gym,.
Karen Salapong spearheaded the Lady Maroons with 18 points, while Kim Cinco of the Junior Maroons exploded for 22 points, but they failed to get any help from their teammates to lift their respective teams to victories.