091019 UAAP82 USTvsUE 03 riodeluvio copy 1 350x468 - UAAP: Tigers rout Warriors, snap two-game skid

UST’s Zach Huang battles for the rebound against UE’s Rey Suerte in the UAAP Season 82 Round 2 match at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. (MB Photo | Rio Deluvio)

University of Santo Tomas is back on track after snapping a two-game skid against University of the East 101 73 in UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday.

Zachary Huang caught fire for UST and drained 22 points, six from beyond the arc, to go with five rebounds and an assist.

Beninese Soulemane Chabi Yo posted 22 markers, 14 boards, two assists and a steal, while Sherwin Concepcion and Brent Paraiso combined for 20 points as the Growling Tigers improved to 5-4 win-loss record.

“We were able to release the pressure. Yung past games namin, grabe yung pressure sa mga bata,” UST head coach Aldin Ayo said. “Binigyan lang namin yun ng pansin and this game, we were more relaxed. I told them to go back to having fun while playing and just enjoy the season.”

UST shot 14-of-42 from beyond the arc (33 percent) compared to its 28-percent shooting against Ateneo last Oct. 5.

The Growling Tigers led by as many as 34 after Huang’s triple with 4:59 remaining at the third quarter 72-38 and never looked back.

Cameroonian big man Alex Diakhite paced UE with 24 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. Neil Tolentino also chipped in 11 markers and four boards as the Red Warriors fell to 3-6. (Jan Carlo Anolin)

The Scores:

UST 101 –– Chabi Yo 22, Huang 22, Concepcion 10, Paraiso 10, Nonoy 9, Abando 8, Cansino 7, Subido 6, Ando 2, Bataller 2, Cuajao 2, Bordeos 1, Asuncion 0, Caunan 0, Cosejo 0, Pangilinan 0.

UE 73 — Diakhite 24, Tolentino 11, Manalang 10, Suerte 10, Conner 7, Antiporda 3, Apacible 2, Cruz 2, Lorenzana 2, Mendoza 2, Abanto 0, Camacho 0, Natividad 0, Pagsanjan 0.

Quarters: 26-18, 55-29, 74-54, 101-73.

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