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Tigers fail to find rhythm as LaSalle backcourt puts on scoring display

The UST Growling Tigers faltered against the De LaSalle University Green Archers, 92-77 as they capped off their first round campaign in the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Saturday, September 28. 

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The UST Growling Tigers faltered against the De LaSalle University Green Archers, 92-77 as they capped off their first round campaign in the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Saturday, September 28. 

Swingman Brent Paraiso proved to be the lone silver lining in the Tigers’ final first round game as he erupted for a double-double of a career-high 22 points and six rebounds. Star import Soulemane Chabi Yo on the other hand, was limited to just 16 points on a 4-out-of-10 shooting clip, although he still chipped in 14 rebounds, not far from his usual averages.  

“The whole game I was just telling myself that I have to provide energy to my team.” Paraiso remarked when asked about his breakout game. 

However though, the rest of the UST squad failed to find any form of consistency as they were outmatched by an underdog LaSalle squad, and whenever they would close the gap, the Archers would start to click and pull away over and over again, especially in moments like the fourth quarter when Aljun Melecio hit back-to-back triples as his squad started to pile up the lead on the Tigers. 

UST’s bench was also outscored by the LaSalle reserves, 41-18, with 29 of those coming from guard Encho Serrano. 

LaSalle was led by their backcourt tandem Aljun Melecio and Encho Serrano who combined for 55 points. Serrano’s 29 points was also a career-high. Jamie Malonzo played silent operator as he put up 13 points to go along with nine rebounds. 

With the loss, UST goes down to 4-3, while LaSalle improves to 3-4 as both clubs conclude their respective first round campaigns.

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UST’s team effort eliminates NU from Final Four race

The UST Growling Tigers knocked out the NU Bulldogs out of contention, 88-76, in the second round of UAAP season 82 men’s basketball tournament at the Ynares Sports Complex in Antipolo on Saturday, Oct. 19.

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The UST Growling Tigers knocked out the NU Bulldogs out of contention, 88-76, in the second round of UAAP season 82 men’s basketball tournament at the Ynares Sports Complex in Antipolo on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The high flying Soulemane Chabi Yo once again paced the Tigers with a double-double of 16 points and 14 boards while team captain CJ Cansino continues his reintroduction with a season-high 15 points complemented by five rebounds. 

UST’s guard tandem of Mark Nonoy and Renzo Subido also poured in 12 and 14 points respectively, with nine of Subido’s points coming in the fourth quarter wherein his squad buried the Bulldogs further down the drain. 

After a close opening salvo from both teams, UST erupted for a 12-4 run which gave them a 38-30 lead heading into half time. 

Come the third quarter, the Tigers continued to have momentum on their side as they uncorked a 20-5 run that resulted in a 23-point lead five minutes into the second half. 

NU then immediately countered with a pivotal 21-7 run that cut the once 23-point lead down to nine as they headed into the final frame of regulation.

Even as NU was able to hold its own in the fourth, UST ultimately pulled away easily and built a 20 point lead in the final minutes capped off by a triple from Renzo Subido to seal the win for the Tigers.

 “Lots of players stepped up. They were having fun out there. They enjoyed the game, but we know when they were doing that, may kasamang responsibility.” Coach Aldin Ayo remarked about his team’s performance. 

Dave Ildefonso continues to be the lone bright spot for NU with his 27 points and six rebounds. The elder Shaun Ildefonso on the other hand had 15 points and seven rebounds.  

UST is now tied for second in the standings as they improve to 7-5 while NU continues to stay at the bottom with their 2-9 slate. The win also further solidifies UST’s place in the Final Four. 

The Tigers will go up against the De La Salle University Green Archers next at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

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Tigers growl anew with statement win over UP

The UST Growling Tigers played spoiler to Coach Bo Perasol’s return with an 84-78 thriller of a victory over the UP Fighting Maroons in the UAAP season 82 men’s basketball tournament held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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The UST Growling Tigers played spoiler to Coach Bo Perasol’s return with an 84-78 thriller of a victory over the UP Fighting Maroons in the UAAP season 82 men’s basketball tournament held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay Wednesday, Oct. 17.

UST began asserting points as early as the first quarter led by team captain CJ Cansino with his three triples to start the game.

“I told them to make every possession count and I told them to really execute the plays as the first option, second or third and when it comes to break down, make right decisions also.” Coach Aldin Ayo stated when asked about what he told the team during the payoff period. 

The Tigers constantly outscored the Maroons all throughout even with the latter’s offense being on point as well. 

UP almost pulled off a comeback attempt when a defensive lapse from the Tigers led to a Kobe Paras triple that gave the Maroons a four point lead with just two minutes left in regulation after trailing for most parts of the game. 

The Tigers then countered with an 8-0 run led by two clutch triples from the veteran Renzo Subido and swingman Brent Paraiso to keep UST afloat in the Final Four race and deny UP their seventh win of the season. 

Rookie Sherwin Concepcion exploded for a career-high 16 points to lead UST while Soulemane Chabi Yo had a double-double of 14 markers and 10 boards

Renzo Subido also poured in 13 points of his own with eight of those coming in the decisive fourth quarter.

“Kasi this my last year and I just want to make my last year count. Last year, same din eh, different lineup lang kami ngayon, pero dumating kami sa point na 5-5 record so last year ang difference lang non, we lost our four remaining games and ayoko mag end up ulit sa ganoong situation so wala, I was just unconscious na to give my best talaga especially in the last two minutes I didn’t want to lose and I didn’t want to let the Thomasian community down.” Subido remarked regarding his clutch performance.

The Fighting Maroons were paced by Kobe Paras who despite an awkward fall resulting to an injury scare during the second quarter, nabbed 18 points, five rebounds and two assists, while Jun Manzo continues his hot streak with 12 points and seven dimes. 

UST’s CJ Cansino and UP’s Ricci Rivero both notched season highs with 12 markers each, a resurgent effort for both guards who have struggled to find their offensive groove throughout the season. 

The win now brings UST to 6-5, giving them the solo third spot in the standings, while UP regains the second seed despite going down to 6-4. 

The Tigers are set to face the National University Bulldogs next at the Ynares Center in Antipolo on Saturday (Oct. 19). M. S. L. Magtira

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Growling Tigers fall to gritty Tamaraw squad

The UST Growling Tigers were convincingly outclassed by the FEU Tamaraws, 58-72, in the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Sunday, October 13.

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The UST Growling Tigers were convincingly outclassed by the FEU Tamaraws, 58-72, in the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Sunday, October 13.

The Tigers shot a dismal 29.33% from the field and were just limited to 58 points as they struggled to get their shots off throughout the game.

UST had several moments especially in the fourth quarter which saw them inch by as close as two or three points but FEU’s offense would instantly reply with runs that would widen the gap once again.

Two straight triples from Rhenz Abando and Mark Nonoy had the Tigers cut the FEU lead down to two in the final minutes before back-to-back three pointers from Xyrus Torres and veteran guard Wendell Comboy spearheaded a huge 13-2 run for the Tamaraws to effectively seal the win for the Morayta-based squad.

Brent Paraiso had 12 points to lead the Tigers while Rhenz Abando and Zach Huang both chipped in 11 markers of their own. 

For FEU, LJay Gonzales scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Tamaraws while the rookie Royce Alforque notched a career-high 16. 

With the loss, both squads are now tied for third in the standings with their 5-5 records.

UST will be facing the UP Fighting Maroons next on Wednesday, October 16 at the same venue.

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