University of Santo Tomas came back from nine points down to knock De La Salle University and win the UAAP Season 84 3x3 men's championship, 21-20, in the Final at the CaSoBe resort here, Friday afternoon.
Down by as much as nine, the Growling Tigers waxed hot from deep as Sherwin Concepcion and Nic Cabañero buried three deuces to inch within a point, 17-18.
Ben Phillips though answered with his own conversion from two-point arc to put the Green Archers a point away from the title, 20-17.
But Cabañero nailed another triple before Concepcion finished the game with a deuce with 2:15 left.
Finals MVP Concepcion had 12 points, all from deep. Cabañero got four points.
"Nung unang three to four minutes, nag-relax kami. Sinabihan ko yung teammates ko na lumaban tayo, para ito sa UST community," said Concepcion, who was hailed as the tournament MVP.
"Sobrang saya na napasok ko. Lagi ko pinagdarasal yun at lahat binibigay ko sa UST," added the Gilas Men pool member.
Royce Mantua and Bryan Santos completed the UST quartet.
In the semifinals, DLSU had to go through a needle to dispose of fourth spot National University, 19-17.
Lim and Phillips uncorked seven points apiece for the Green Archers, while combining for five deuces.
JM Crisostomo led the Bulldogs with seven points but needed 13 shots to do so.
On the other hand, UST blew past third seed University of the Philippines, 21-12.
Cabañero led the way with 11 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, while Concepcion, who ended the game with a two-pointer with 2:55 to spare, had seven points with eight rebounds.
Semifinals 1 vs 4
DLSU 19 - Lim 7, Phillips 7, Cu 3, Galman 2.
NU 17 - Crisostomo 7, Manansala 4, Mahinay 4, Ramos 2.
Semifinals 2 vs 3
UST 21 - Cabañero 11, Concepcion 7, Santos 2, Mantua 1.
UP 12 - Abadiano 7, Alarcon 3, Madrigal 2, Ramos 0.
Time: Concepcion 2 (7:05)
UST 21 - Concepcion 12, Cabañero 4, Santos 3, Mantua 2.
DLSU 20 - Galman 6, Phillips 6. Cu 5, Lim 3.
Time: Concepcion 2 (7:05) (Dennis Lachica, Sportsmanila Photojournalist)