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Ateneo survives UST comeback, ties PCCL Finals

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     THE UST-Ateneo rivalry added another chapter to its catalog of exhilarating battles as the Blue Eagles escaped with a 70-69 victory in Game 2 of the Philippine Collegiate Champion’s League (PCCL) Finals yesterday at FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

     Sophomore Eagle Kiefer Ravena coasted for the game-winning layup with 11 seconds left in the game to once again act as the party-spoiler for UST. He finished with 21 points, four rebounds and three assists.

     UST Team Captain Jeric Fortuna led the Tigers with 18 points, while Jeric Teng and Aljon Mariano combined for 28 points and 12 rebounds.

     The storyline was much familiar.

     Ateneo got off to a fiery start, leading by as much as 17 in the first quarter after five combined 3-pointers from Ravena and Tonino Gonzaga. Center Greg Slaughter continued the onslaught for Ateneo in the second quarter, pounding his much smaller opponents inside to help his team get a 43-30 halftime lead.

     It was almost as if the UST faithful knew what was going to happen in the second half. The Tigers came out of the dugout a different team, producing a better defensive effort and better offensive ball movement. A balanced attack from Fortuna, Teng, and Kevin Ferrer in the third quarter chipped away at Ateneo’s lead to get to as close as 49-54.

     The Tigers’ furious rally unleashed a 10-0 run featuring a 4-point play from Teng to claim the lead at 59-57. A seesaw battle ensued, as Ateneo regained the lead at 62-59. Fortuna connected on a booming triple to tie the game, but the momentum was briefly halted when center Karim Abdul was called for a blocking foul and a technical which were his fourth and fifth fouls, causing his disqualification from the game with about 4 minutes left. He contributed 13 points and 8 rebounds.

     After Slaughter and forward Nico Salva’s charities plus a Ravena trey, Fortuna answered back with another 3 point bomb to cut the deficit to one at 67-68. A Ferrer fastbreak layup got UST its last taste of the lead at 69-68.

     UST Coach Pido Jarencio, who recently recovered from measles, was still in high spirits when he was interviewed inside the Tiger’s dugout after the loss. “Bumabalik yung team natin, ano pa yung hihingin mo sa mga bata? ‘Di nawawalan ng pag-asa yang mga yan,” Jarencio told TomasinoWeb.

     The loss denied the Growling Tigers of bagging the national collegiate crown, at least for another week. Game 3 will be played at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on December 7.

Tigers’ scores: Fortuna 18, Abdul 13, Teng 12, Mariano 12, Ferrer 8, Bautista 4, Afuang 2, Pe 0, Daquioag 0
Eagles’s scores: Ravena 21, Slaughter 14, Gonzaga 13, Salva 9, Tiongson 7, Buenafe 4, Sumalinog 2, Golla 0, Pessumal 0, Chua 0, Elorde 0
Quarter scores: 14-28, 30-43, 49-57, 69-70

By Nicolo Paolo A. Pascual
Photo courtesy of Joshua John Albelda

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Abando-less UST bows out of PCCL contention

The UST Growling Tigers were eliminated by the San Beda Red Lions, 68-77, in a matchup between the UAAP and NCAA runner ups in the final day of eliminations in the 2020 PCCL UAAP-NCAA Challenge.

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The UST Growling Tigers were eliminated by the San Beda Red Lions, 68-77, in a matchup between the UAAP and NCAA runner ups in the final day of eliminations in the 2020 PCCL UAAP-NCAA Challenge held at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020.

James Kwekuteye led the Legarda-based squad with 14 points and seven assists with the help of Peter Alfaro finishing with 13 markers and two clutch offensive rebounds, while UST’s team captain CJ Cansino held his own with 21 points and nine boards.

It was slow start for both teams until San Beda drew first blood while the Tigers still in the cold missing Rhenz Abando’s presence because of sore eyes.

Free-throws helped UST keep themselves in the game despite their dismal 3/20 shooting while San Beda fared better at 7/19 ending the first half doubling their lead of six from the first quarter, 39-27.

UST entered the second half strong, with their three-pointers starting to go in, but a relentless Red Lion squad and a slump to end the third quarter had them with a 46-62 deficit heading into the fourth.

Momentum shifted to the España side as the final canto arrived with consecutive turnovers from San Beda and huge buckets from Brent Paraiso and CJ Cansino cut the deficit down to single-digits.

However, UST struggled to knock their free throws down as San Beda regained their composure to ultimately pull away with the win.

Brent Paraiso chipped in 12 points while reigning UAAP MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo faced another another scoring slump finishing with only six points and nine rebounds. Mark Nonoy was also unsuccessful in finding his range with nine markers and seven boards.

San Beda’s Ralph Penuela finished with 11 points and five dimes and big man Kenmark Cariño with 10 points, seven boards, and two blocks.

Reigning NCAA MVP Calvin Oftana finished with a dismal outing, scoring only six points.

San Beda will now advance to the Final Four of the tournament happening next weekend, Feb. 22-23 at the Davao City Recreational Center. Richie Paul Brillo 

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Emotions stop UST from getting back against Ateneo

UST will face the NCAA runner-ups San Beda Red Lions next on the final day of eliminations.

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The UST Growling Tigers was handed its first loss by the defending UAAP champions the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 71-82, in the 2020 Philippine Collegiate Champions League’s UAAP-NCAA Challenge at the FilOil Flying V Centere in San Juan on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020.

Lots of drama happened from the start up to the end as the rivals of the UAAP from España and Katipunan squared up once again, with SJ Belangel proving to be the new “King Eagle” after scoring 26 points while for the Tigers, Renz Abando and Deo Cuajao finished with 14 points each. 

Belangel stepped up to give Ateneo the early lead with the help of the team’s chippy defense that led to UST’s sloppy 7 turnovers to start the game.

Along with Belangel’s efforts and Ateneo’s defense, high-level rebounding and sloppy fouls from the Tigers led to an early 15-29 deficit for UST.

Deo Cuajao and Rhenz Abando combined for an 8-0 run in the second quarter that helped UST back into the game, along with better rebounding overall, however turnovers and Ateneo maintaining their composure culminated in the Tigers trailing 38-48 after the first 20 minutes.

In the third quarter, UST started off strong before SJ Belangel proceeded to erupt for three consecutive triples to extinguish UST’s momentum.

Ultimately the Tigers ended the third quarter on a high note with momentum on their side, especially after fouls on Pat Maagdenberg and head coach Tab Baldwin. 

Heading into the fourth quarter with a score of 65-66, UST was outscored by the defending  UAAP champs 16-6, with Ateneo functioning well on both sides of the floor, courteousy of SJ Belangel’s orchestration and Ange Kouame’s inside presence. 

UST team captain CJ Cansino chipped in 10 markers and former NSNU Bullpup Paul Manalang contributed 6 dimes, while reigning UAAP MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo only scored five points along with six rebounds. 

Ateneo’s Kouame however finished with double-double of 15 points and 13 boards helped by the new Fil-Am recruit Dwight Ramos with eight markers and three assists. 

UST will face the NCAA runner-ups San Beda Red Lions next on the final day of eliminations on Saturday (Feb. 15) at the same venue. R. P. Brillo

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UST goes back to undefeated ways in juniors’ beach volleyball tourney

The UAAP season 82 juniors’ beach volleyball tournament is set to conclude next Saturday, Feb. 15, at the same venue.

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The UST Junior Tiger Spikers and Junior Tigresses managed to sweep their way through once again in day four of the UAAP season 82 juniors’ beach volleyball tournament at the SM Sands by the Bay in Pasay on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020.

Alex Iraya and Jay Dela Noche won their lone match of the day with a 21-14, 21-14 sweep over the UE Junior Red Warriors, bringing their record to a clean 6-0 four days into the tournament.

For the Junior Tigresses, Vanessa Bangayan and Julianna Carreon bounced back from last Saturday’s loss to the UE Junior Red Warriors with back-to-back sweeps against the FEU Baby Tamaraws and the Adamson Baby Falcons, with final scores of 21-17, 21-17 and 21-18, 21-10, respectively.

The UAAP season 82 juniors’ beach volleyball tournament is set to conclude next Saturday, Feb. 15, at the same venue.

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