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Chabi Yo bids UST goodbye, signs with Spanish team

Chabi Yo admitted that the pandemic ultimately affected his decision to go semi-pro in Europe.

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UAAP Season 82 most valuable player Soulemane Chabi Yo parts ways with UST as he heads to Europe to play for a division 4 team in Spain.

The 6-foot-6 Beninese center will forego his final playing year for the University which is currently aimed to be held by mid-February of 2022.

“We are grateful for his playing years with UST and we wish him nothing but the best in his international basketball career,” Growling Tigers coach Jinino Manansala told TomasinoWeb.

Chabi Yo admitted that the pandemic ultimately affected his decision to go semi-pro in Europe.

“My plan was to finish my playing years in UST before leaving but since COVID came, that destroyed all the plans of everyone,” he wrote to coach Manansala.

When Chabi Yo told UST and its coaching staff about his decision, he mentioned that the time has come to pursue his personal goals.

“I already turn[ed] down so many offers each year but this time I decided to grab the opportunity. I still have a lot of things to improve. I wish I could stay but I also have my personal dreams and goals to achieve,” he added.

Chabi Yo dominated the UAAP during his one-and-done year, bagging the MVP title with 16.9 points per game and a league-best 14.7 rebounds per game. 

The 25-year-old big man was vital to UST’s finals run in 2019 as he led UST to a second-place finish, the University’s best placing since 2015.

With Chabi Yo’s departure, 6-foot-8 Senegal native and former NU Bulldog Adama Faye will serve as the University’s foreign student-athlete come UAAP Season 84.

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Tigers incur 44-point thrashing from Sajonia, FEU in season ender

To add salt to the wound of the Tigers, this loss marks the third team to hit the century mark against them. Prior to FEU’s 107 today, there were La Salle’s 112 points last April 19, and the unbeaten Ateneo’s 101 a mere two days later.

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The UST Growling Tigers suffered a miserable end to their season with a 109-65 beatdown from the neighboring FEU Tamaraws in the final elimination game day of the UAAP Season 84 Men’s Basketball Tournament on Labor Day, May 1, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay. 

After a seven-point deficit to end the first quarter, the Tams started to catch fire in the second frame to bring a 15-point lead heading into halftime.

From this point onwards, it was just a cruise for the Morayta-based squad on the way to the win, putting up a 35-point quarter against UST’s 13 which saw the latter chasing a 37-point deficit heading into the fourth, 84-47. 

And by the dying minutes of play, they were able to notch their biggest lead at 44 courtesy of a Rodel Gravera triple that turned it into a 107-63 affair. 

To add salt to the wound of the Tigers, this loss marks the third team to hit the century mark against them. Prior to FEU’s 107 today, there were La Salle’s 112 points last April 19, and the unbeaten Ateneo’s 101 a mere two days later. 

Furthermore, the conclusion of this game effectively seals UST’s second-round record to a mere 1-6 card, with their lone win coming against the cellar-dwelling University of the East on April 12. 

Nic Cabanero and Josh Fontanilla led the Tigers with 16 and 13 markers respectively. Fontanilla also added five boards and four steals and three dimes in his swan song for the Tigers. Both, however, made up for 10 of UST’s 18 turnovers. Cabanero with four, and Fontanilla with six. 

Sherwin Concepcion also chipped in 10 markers, most coming in the second half wherein the game was already out of reach. 

For the Tamaraws, Bryan Sajonia was a man possessed with seven triples and 27 markers to his name. RJ Abarrientos had 11 markers while Royce Alforque and LJ Gonzales had 10 points apiece. 

Abarrientos also had nine boards to his name to go along with six dimes. Alforque and Gonzales on the other hand had six and seven dimes respectively. 

The Scores:

FEU 109 — Sajonia 27, Abarrientos 11, Alforque 10, Gonzales 10, Sleat 9, Ojoula 8, Torres 8, Bienes 8, Celzo 6, Gravera 5, Dulatre 2, Sandagon 2, Tempra 2, Li 1, Coquia 0.

UST 65 — Cabañero 16, Fontanilla 13, Concepcion 10, Manalang 6, Manaytay 5, Pangilinan 5, Canoy 4, Gomez de Liaño 3, Ando 2, Garing 1, Herrera 0, Yongco 0, Gesalem 0, Mantua 0.

Quarterscores: 22-15, 49-34, 74-47, 109-65

 

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Hapless Tigers suffer fifth-straight loss in lopsided affair vs. UP

The Tigers had no answers to a fiery offense from the Diliman-based swingers, easily being brought down by as much as 15 in the first 10 minutes of play.

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A wire-to-wire victory for State U was the reality faced by the UST Growling Tigers in a 96-67 loss in the UAAP Season 84 Men’s Basketball Tournament’s second to the last playdate for eliminations on Thursday, April 28 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay. 

The Tigers had no answers to a fiery offense from the Diliman-based swingers, easily being brought down by as much as 15 in the first 10 minutes of play.

While they were able to keep it close in individual quarter scoring (22-27 in the second, 20-20 in the third) after the first frame, their abysmal start prevented any chances of a dogfight coming into fruition. 

In fact, save for the first and fourth, the Tigers ended their quarters trying to close down on 20-point deficits. 

And come the final moments of play, the Maroons were able to clinch the largest lead of the night at 33, 92-59 thanks to a deuce by RC Calimag. 

Migs Pangilinan was the lone bright spot for the Tigers with 21 markers. 

Meanwhile for the Maroons, four players had double digit efforts: Ricci Rivero with 15, the former Tiger CJ Cansino with 14, Zav Lucero with 13, and RC Calimag with 10. 

The loss now brings the Tigers to a lowly 3-10 slate. 

They are set to close out their campaign against the FEU Tamaraws on Sunday, same venue at 12:30 PM. 

 

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Tigers out of Final Four race following fourth-straight loss against National U

This loss also officially knocks them out of a tight Final Four race between FEU, Adamson University, and their opponents today in National U. 

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The UST Growling Tigers are now on their longest losing skid for the season after a 73-60 loss against the National University Bulldogs in the UAAP Season 84 Men’s Basketball Tournament on Thursday, April 26. 

They are now 1-4 in the second and final round of the collegiate league’s men’s basketball tournament, with their last win coming against the cellar-dwelling UE Red Warriors last April 12. 

This loss also officially knocks them out of a tight Final Four race between FEU, Adamson University, and their opponents today in National U. 

Despite trailing for almost the whole duration of the game, the Espana-based squad was able to mount a late 15-4 rally to cut a 23-point deficit to 10 in the fourth quarter. 

If not for a missed pair at the charity stripe by Nic Cabanero, the Tigers would have been able to trim it down to eight. 

This plus six straight points by Reyland Torres in crunch time following the misses shut down any hopes of a comeback bid and convincingly sealed the win for National U. 

Nic Cabanero and Joshua Fontanilla led the Tigers with 13 and 12 points respectively. In the case of Fontanilla, six of his 12 came in his squad’s late rally. Both guards were also responsible for seven of UST’s total assists. Cabanero with three, and Fontanilla with four

Cabanero also had a double-double in his squad’s loss, posting 15 boards to his name. 

Reyland Torres was top dog for National U with 18 markers to his name. Six of his 18 came in the form of daggers against the Tigers in crunch time.

Janjan Felicilda and Mike Malonzo also chipped in 12 and 11 points respectively. 

UST now looks to salvage their season against the UP Fighting Maroons on Thursday, April 28. Same time and same venue, to hopefully add a win to their 3-9 slate.  

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