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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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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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