SANTO TO­MAS SEEKS 2ND STRAIGHT WIN

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - SPORTS - —CEDELF P. TUPAS

Uni­ver­sity of Santo To­mas hopes to build on its ini­tial vic­tory un­der coach Aldin Ayo as it bat­tles UAAP pow­er­house Adam­son on Fri­day night in the Filoil Fly­ing V Pre­sea­son Cup.

Ga­me­time is at 6:30 p.m. at Filoil Fly­ing V Cen­tre in San Juan where the Tigers, look­ing to fol­low up their 98-88 con­quest of Jose Rizal U, face the Fal­cons, who are also com­ing off their first win at the ex­pense of the Le­tran Knights on Tues­day.

St. Be­nilde shoots for a fourth straight vic­tory when it bat­tles an­other NCAA pow­er­house in Arel­lano U at 12:30 p.m., be­fore NCAA teams San Se­bas­tian and Jose Rizal U square off in the sec­ond game.

The third game pits Na­tional Uni­ver­sity against win­less Per­pet­ual Help at 4:30 p.m.

But the spot­light will be on the UST-Adam­son tus­sle as the two teams are ex­pected to fig­ure promi­nently in the ti­tle chase in the com­ing UAAP sea­son.

The Tigers are slowly but surely find­ing their feet un­der Ayo, who won ti­tles in the NCAA with Le­tran and in the UAAP with La Salle two years ago.

Ayo has given Renzo Su­bido the keys to the Tigers of­fense and the re­turn­ing play­maker de­liv­ered, scor­ing a team-high 24 points in the vic­tory over the Heavy Bombers.

But the Tigers will con­tinue to miss prized re­cruit Steve Akomo who has opted to fo­cus on his aca­demics.

Adam­son coach Franz Pu­maren un­veiled solid re­cruits in Jerome Las­ti­mosa, Vince Mag­buhos and Egie Boy Mo­jica who joined forces with Papi Sarr and Sean Man­ganti in the Fal­cons’ 83-80 win over the Knights.

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