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Tigers keep Final Four hopes alive with win against Adamson

The UST Growling Tigers capped off their season with a statement win against the Adamson University Soaring Falcons, 80-74, keeping them alive in the Final Four race of the UAAP season 82 men’s basketball tournament held at the Ynares Center in Antipolo Saturday, Oct. 26.

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The UST Growling Tigers capped off their season with a statement win against the Adamson University Soaring Falcons, 80-74, keeping them alive in the Final Four race of the UAAP season 82 men’s basketball tournament held at the Ynares Center in Antipolo Saturday, Oct. 26.

A six-point swing was unleashed by the España-based squad capped off by two three-pointers from Renzo Subido and Sherwin Concepcion in the final minutes of the game to push UST’s lead to seven and eventually secure the victory.

Soulemane Chabi Yo once again posted a huge double double with 16 points and 15 rebounds to be UST’s anchor on both ends of the floor, while fellow new bloods Mark Nonoy and Rhenz Abando chipped in 17 and 13 points respectively.

Nonoy also chimed in eight rebounds to go along with his scoring prowess.

The match was played toe-to-toe with 17 lead changes just before Mark Nonoy knocked down two straight triples and a Chabi Yo floater gave the Tigers a 10-point lead heading into the final canto.

The Tigers were able to establish their biggest lead of the game at 12 points after Soulemane Chabi Yo opened the fourth quarter with a two-point basket.

Adamson then uncorked a crucial 12-0 run which tied the game in the fourth before a Mark Nonoy triple snapped the UST cold streak, which then eventually led to Renzo Subido and Sherwin Concepcion’s game-clinching triples.

“This is special because we were the ones who formed this team. Piece by piece we rebuilt the team, and were just grateful for the support of our fathers, the priests, our managers and the community because they are a part of this,” Coach Aldin Ayo remarked about his squad’s season in an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb.

“We started from scratch, and lahat ng mga players galing sa’min, compared dun sa dalawa [Letran and LaSalle] na pag dating ko andun na eh. Eto talagang when we started in UST last year, ground zero eh,” Ayo added when asked to compare UST to his previous coaching stints with Letran and LaSalle both of which he led to championships in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Joem Sabandal lead the Falcons with 18 points and 6 rebounds on a losing effort.

On the other hand, Adamson’s scoring tandem of Jerrick Ahanmisi and Val Chauca were clamped down to 11 and six points respectively 

With the win UST caps off their season at 8-6 while Adamson finishes at 5-9. 

The Tigers will now just need to wait for the results of the last two playing dates of eliminations to determine their standing for the season. 

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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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