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Tigresses break down against UE Lady Warriors

Emotions went high between the two teams as Sai Larosa and Love Sto. Domingo were involved in an altercation which resulted in an all-out brawl.

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Emotions went high between the two teams. Photo by Kennelf Monteza/TomasinoWeb.

The Growling Tigresses failed to advance in the finals after suffering a heartbreaking defeat against the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors, 62–69, in the semifinal round of the UAAP Season 80 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Saturday, Nov. 25.

With four seconds left in the final quarter, emotions went high between both teams, as Sai Larosa and Love Sto. Domingo were involved in an altercation which resulted in an all-out brawl.

Larosa was slapped with a disqualifying foul for throwing a fist at Sto. Domingo, alongside UE’s Erica Ebeza, Anne Requiron, and Princess Pedregosa for clearing the bench.

UE Head Coach Aileen Lebornio would be called for a technical foul for letting her players clear the bench during the fight.

UST Head Coach Haydee Ong was frustrated with the officials for failing to control the squabble.

“Hindi talaga kinontrol nung referee yung buong 4th quarter, especially yung mga extra motions nung mga players [sa UE],” Ong exclaimed. “Wala eh hinayaan nila so ayun na, nagkagulo-gulo na.”

Up by 56–47, UST was held scoreless until 4:30 while UE ignited a 11–0 run that gave them the lead, 56–58. UE’s Joyce Francisco buried a go-ahead jumper to give her team a two possesion lead, 61–66. Ruthlaine Tacula and Sto Domingo would book their trip to Finals by hitting 3 of 4 free throw attempts, 62–69.

UST was only limited to 6 points compared to UE’s 23.

Asked about their meltdown during the deciding period, Ong also expressed her frustrations over the officials for their questionable calls against UST.

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“May mga fouls na hinahatak na mga yung mga players hinahawakan yung jersey, and they were not calling, pero sa amin manipis [yung tawag],” Ong stated. “Kung pinaglaro lang kami ng mga referees dito, sana it would be a different outcome.”

The Lady Warriors were given 35 attempts from the charity stripe compared to UST’s 19.

The Tigresses dictated the tempo in three quarters, including a 10–0 surge in the beginning of the second canto, 26–12, giving them the biggest lead of the game. Anjel Anies would lead the Tigers with 16 points in the first half, but was held scoreless in the second.

Anies and Sai Larosa led UST with 16 points apiece in a losing effort.

UE’s Sto Domingo tallied game-high 18 points, while Eunique Chan chipped 16 points.

UST Tigresses finish their campaign in UAAP Season 80 in third spot.

“We’re very sad that we didn’t make it to our goal [which is] to enter to the Finals, but again I told to the team it’s one hell of a season for us. It’s a great run and we’ll come back stronger,” Ong said.

Scores:

UST (62) — Anies 16, Larosa 16, Gandalla 9, Angeles 7, Rivera 4, Peñaflor 3, Jerez 3, Sanggalang 2, Isanan 2, Aujero 0, Portillo 0, Manuel 0, Magat 0, Valera 0.

UE (69) — Sto Domingo 18, Chan 16, Francisco 14, Tacula 8, Cortizano 7, Ramos 4, Gayacao 0, Antonio 0, Nama 0.

Quarter scores:
16–10, 35–27, 56–47, 69–62

 

by Cyreel Gian Zarate

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Juniors’ MVP CJ Cansino joins Growling Tigers

CJ Cansino already began his training with the Tigers under newly-appointed head coach Aldin Ayo.

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Photo from UST head coach Aldin Ayo’s Twitter account

The Growling Tigers will now expect the services of reigning Juniors’ MVP CJ Cansino in UAAP Season 81, as Cansino himself expressed his commitment to stay with UST.

“UST ang nagbigay ng chance na maabot ko ‘yung pangarap ko. Hndi ko maaabot lahat ‘to kung wala ang UST,” Cansino told TomasinoWeb. “Gusto ko rin makatulong na iangat yung basketball program.”

Cansino already began his training with the Tigers under newly-appointed head coach Aldin Ayo, and has started to adapt to the system.

“Nag-training na po ako and tinutulungan naman ako ni coach [Ayo] na makasabay agad sa practice,” he said.

Ayo was first to welcome Cansino by posting a picture together with his coaching staff on Twitter.

Cansino is a homegrown talent from the Tiger Cubs who recently led his team in Final Four at the third spot.

He also bagged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, making him the first Thomasian to win the MVP plum since Kevin Ferrer in 2010.

Although Cansino is expected to share his minutes alongside veterans Regie Boy Basibas, Jordan Sta. Ana, and returning Mario Bonleon, he is more than willing to accept his role as an incoming rookie for the España-based squad.

“Ibibigay ko ‘yung best ko kung anuman ‘yung role na ibigay sa akin ni coach, and gagawin ko lahat hindi lang pang-sarili kundi para sa UST rin para manalo,” he stated.

UST is currently on a rebuilding process after an abysmal campaign in both Seasons 79 and 80, only winning four out of their 28 outings.

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Cansino is all set to help the Tigers bounce back from a forgettable season.

“Gagawin ko lahat ng makakaya ko para lang maipanalo at maiangat na rin ang UST,” he ended.

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Tiger Cubs settle for third, falter vs NU

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The University of Santo Tomas Tiger Cubs took home the bronze medal after running out of fuel against the Nazareth School of National University Bullpups, 72-91, in the stepladder semifinals round of UAAP Season 80 junior’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena Tuesday.

Jules Anunciacion and Rayjhun Baquial buried back-to-back baskets in the final period for UST to cut the lead by 11, 58-69, but NU sparked a 19-8 run giving them their biggest lead by 22 points, 88-66.

UST were able to score six points in the crucial period, but NU scored three more points to finally close out the game, 72-91.

“Sobrang pagod na rin ng mga bata, kasi halos wala na rin kaming pahinga after noong FEU game namin noong eliminations,” Tiger Cubs head coach Chris Cantonjos explained. “Kung nabigyan lang din sana kami ng at least one-day off, I think na-sustain namin (yung NU).”

Despite the team’s failure to force the series into a do-or-die duel, Cantonjos praised his players for exceeding his expectation for the team.

“Thankful ako sa mga players kasi sabi ko noong una walang naniniwala na makakaakyat kami dito (sa Final 4),” he said.

Baquial and Villapando led UST with 16 points apiece while John Cansino finished with 10 points and 16 rebounds. NU’s Terrence Fortea and Miguel Ocsea tallied 17 and 16 points, respectively.

Box Scores:

UST (72) – Baquial 16, Villapando 16, Lina 10, Cansino 10, Narvasa 10, Anunciacion 6, Palencia 2, Dolendo 2, Manabat 0, Relucio 0, Estrella 0, Dela Cruz 0, Benzonan 0.

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NU (91) – Fortea 17, Oczon 16, Javillionar 13, Amsali 12, Manalang 11, Coyoca, 8, Gonzales, Pangilinan 4, Minerva 2, Malonzo 2, Vinoya 2, Dayrit 0, Felisilda 0.

Quarter scores: 17-21, 31-45, 51-67, 72-91.

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UST foils Baby Tams in crunch time

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The University of Santo Tomas Tiger Cubs prevailed over the Far Eastern University Baby Tamaraws with a huge comeback in the payoff period, 81-80, in the UAAP Season 80 semifinals round of the junior’s basketball tournament at the Blue Eagles Gym Saturday.

RJ Abarrientos led FEU’s offense in the deciding period, burying four out of their five trips to the rainbow area to extend the lead by 13, 79-66.

UST then countered with their own four treys which resulted in a 14-0 surge, including a clutch pull-up jumper by RJ Baquial with 1:12 remaining in the clock, 80-79.

FEU’s LJ Gonzales had a chance to reclaim the lead but only managed to tie the game, 80-all, sinking one of his two free throws.

Kobe Palencia would seal the deal for the Tiger Cubs by hitting one of two in the charity stripe, 81-80.

UST head coach Chris Cantonjos gave credit to his players for their mental toughness and willingness to win the game.

“Nakuha na namin lahat at naexperience noong eliminations at kumbaga nainput na nila yung gusto nating mangyari,” he said. “Ang ginagawa na nila kanina kusa na talaga na gustong-gusto talaga nilang manalo.”

UST had a nine-point advantage at the start of second canto, 24-15, but FEU paraded a 12-0 run to grab the lead, 24-27.

Jezreel Villapando shot back-to-back treys to regain the lead, 30-27, but FEU’s 14-3 blitz overshadowed his momentum, 41-33.

Liam Manabat drained a triple at the buzzer to cut the lead to five, 41-36.

MVP frontrunner CJ Cansino paced UST with 18 points and 16 rebounds, while Baquial contributed 13 markers.

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FEU’s Abarrientos tallied game-high 24 points while Xyrus Torres had 11 markers.

UST will try to keep their momentum going against the twice-to-beat NU Bullpups on February 23, Friday, at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

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