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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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Mayhem too much for UP as UST forces do-or-die game

Just four days after vanquishing the FEU Tamaraws, the UST Growling Tigers proceeded to maul the UP Fighting Maroons, 89-69 in the stepladder semifinals of the UAAP season 82 mens’ basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao Sunday, Nov. 10. 

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Just four days after vanquishing the FEU Tamaraws, the UST Growling Tigers proceeded to maul the UP Fighting Maroons, 89-69 in the stepladder semifinals of the UAAP season 82 mens’ basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao Sunday, Nov. 10. 

UP had little to no answers to the Tigers’ high energy offense in the first half, easily giving up a 17-point lead within the first 20 minutes of the contest. 

In the second half however, the Maroons seemed to have read the Tigers as they were able to begin the half with a 23-point quarter, despite still trailing by 13 to enter the fourth, a stark contrast to their 24-point first half. 

UP actually had moments in the fourth wherein they were able to get close as nine points, however UST would rely on the hot hands of rookie tandem Mark Nonoy and Sherwin Concepcion and MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo to pull away further. 

An 8-0 run in the 2:55 mark sparked by back-to-back triples from Nonoy and Concepcion and a Chabi Yo putback solidified the win for the Tigers.

Rhenz Abando and Soulemane Chabi Yo led UST with 17 points apiece, with Chabi Yo pulling down 15 rebounds. 

“Its all about execution, execution on both defense and offense. We executed our gameplan and lahat ng instructions ko sinusunod ng mga players. We were connected out there,” Head coach Aldin Ayo remarked in the post-game press conference. 

Rookie of the Year Mark Nonoy had 16 points to go along with four assists and four rebounds. 

“Ginagawa ko lang yung pinapagawa nya sakin and wala naman akong against kay coach kasi yung tinuturo nya sakin, makakatulong talaga sakin di lang ngayon pero papunta rin sa future,” Nonoy stated when asked how he repays Coach Ayo’s trust in him. 

For UP, Juan Gomez De Liaño notced a season-high 20 points, while Bright Akhuetie had a double-double of 19 points and 18 rebounds. 

Ricci Rivero had 12 points on an abysmal 6-out-of-16 shooting while marquee forward Kobe Paras was limited to just nine points after averaging 17.8 points in the elimination round.

Both teams are set to play each other in the rubber match on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay. 

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UST survives thriller vs. FEU to continue Final Four run

The UST Growling Tigers edged out a gritty FEU squad, 81-71, to advance further in the semifinals stepladder of the Final Four of the UAAP season 82 men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao Wednesday, Nov. 6.

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The UST Growling Tigers edged out a gritty FEU squad, 81-71, to advance further in the semifinals stepladder of the Final Four of the UAAP season 82 men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao Wednesday, Nov. 6.

The Tigers’ offense clicked early, building up a 10-point lead to end the first quarter at 26-16, courteousy of their three-point shooting being on point to start the game. 

By halftime UST managed to inflate their lead to 26 as the Tams had no answer to the red-hot offense of the España-based cagers who ended the half with 54 points as compared to FEU’s 28. 

Come the second half, the Tams started to find their rhythm on offense, especially in the fourth which saw them cut the UST lead down to single digits thanks to a 9-0 run which brought the game down to 70-65 with 8 minutes left in the contest. 

However that proved to be all in vain as UST’s offense came alive once more when Renzo Subido and Soulemane Chabi Yo combined forces to bury the Tams and secure the win for UST. 

“Etong laro na ‘to, kala namin madali, pero FEU yung kalaban namin eh, ‘di basta bibigay, lalaro ng maayos. They are well coached, they have the players, nagkataon lang na nasa amin yung bola ngayon and yung tira namin pumapasok,” UST Coach Aldin Ayo remarked following his team’s victory. 

Soulemane Chabi Yo paced the Tigers once more as he tied his career-high of 25 points to go along with 11 rebounds. 

Brent Paraiso also exploded for 18 points built on 5-of-9 three-point shooting while the veteran Renzo Subido poured in 14 markers of his own. 

For FEU, Ken Tuffin had 20 points with five triples as well while guards LJ Gonzales and Hubert Cani chipped in 11 and 10 points respectively. 

UST is now set to take on the UP Fighting Maroons next on Sunday at the same venue.

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Chabi Yo, Nonoy bag MVP and Rookie of the Year honors

Growling Tiger forward Soulemane Chabi Yo was crowned as the season MVP while point guard Mark Nonoy claimed rookie of the year honors in the UAAP season 82 men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

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Growling Tiger forward Soulemane Chabi Yo was crowned as the season MVP while point guard Mark Nonoy claimed rookie of the year honors in the UAAP season 82 men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 6. 

Both players were instrumental in snapping UST’s three-year Final Four drought, with Chabi Yo serving as a two-way threat all throughout the season and Nonoy being the chief orchestrator of the team’s league-best offense.

Chabi Yo notched 76 statistical points to finish first in the MVP voting with his averages of 16.9 points, 14.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists, completely outclassing co-import Angelo Kouame, who himself was also among the favorites to claim the individual plum. 

Nonoy on the other hand, had 39.29 statistical points to go along with his season averages of 10.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 dimes to edge out fellow frontrunners in teammate Sherwin Concepcion and the streaky Tamaraw guard LJay Gonzales. 

 

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