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Bonleon, Subido happy to return under Ayo

The Growling Tigers have already started their training sessions with Aldin Ayo yesterday.

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Mario Bonleon and Renzo Subido are both thrilled for the anticipated debut of their new tactician Aldin Ayo as part of the Growling Tigers in the next UAAP season.

The gunners have expressed their desire to get back to business last November, after the resignation of former head coach Boy Sablan (READ: Bonleon, Subido to return for Tigers after Sablan quits)and are now gearing for their comeback after UST recently confirmed that Ayo will now call the shots for the Tigers (READ: Former Archers coach officially set to lead Tigers).

Bonleon, who will be on his last playing year next season, showed his willingness to develop his game with the help of Ayo.

“Sobrang happy ako na nandiyan si Coach Aldin kasi this is my last year, and makakatulong siya sa pag-akyat ko sa PBA,” Bonleon told TomasinoWeb. “Yung mga weaknesses ko sa defense at hustle, ayun ang strength niya as a coach, so I will learn a lot from him.”

In terms of the team’s preparations, Bonleon claims to be mentally ready as he is expecting a tough training under Ayo’s guidance.

Subido, on the other hand, is all hyped up on what the future holds for the Tigers now that Ayo is suited up as their new headmaster.

“I’m excited to play for UST under Coach Aldin. I think the type of system he has would suit the type of players that UST has,” Subido uttered. “With Coach Aldin now being the head coach, it’s gonna be great for the team.”

Coming back with a newfound confidence, Subido expects that “when practice starts, it’s all business.”

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“Everyone will have one goal and that is to bring UST back on top, and practice will have lots of energy and excitement,” he exclaimed.

The Tigers have already started their training sessions with Ayo yesterday, Jan. 12.

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Tiger Cubs settle for third, falter vs NU

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The University of Santo Tomas Tiger Cubs took home the bronze medal after running out of fuel against the Nazareth School of National University Bullpups, 72-91, in the stepladder semifinals round of UAAP Season 80 junior’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena Tuesday.

Jules Anunciacion and Rayjhun Baquial buried back-to-back baskets in the final period for UST to cut the lead by 11, 58-69, but NU sparked a 19-8 run giving them their biggest lead by 22 points, 88-66.

UST were able to score six points in the crucial period, but NU scored three more points to finally close out the game, 72-91.

“Sobrang pagod na rin ng mga bata, kasi halos wala na rin kaming pahinga after noong FEU game namin noong eliminations,” Tiger Cubs head coach Chris Cantonjos explained. “Kung nabigyan lang din sana kami ng at least one-day off, I think na-sustain namin (yung NU).”

Despite the team’s failure to force the series into a do-or-die duel, Cantonjos praised his players for exceeding his expectation for the team.

“Thankful ako sa mga players kasi sabi ko noong una walang naniniwala na makakaakyat kami dito (sa Final 4),” he said.

Baquial and Villapando led UST with 16 points apiece while John Cansino finished with 10 points and 16 rebounds. NU’s Terrence Fortea and Miguel Ocsea tallied 17 and 16 points, respectively.

Box Scores:

UST (72) – Baquial 16, Villapando 16, Lina 10, Cansino 10, Narvasa 10, Anunciacion 6, Palencia 2, Dolendo 2, Manabat 0, Relucio 0, Estrella 0, Dela Cruz 0, Benzonan 0.

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NU (91) – Fortea 17, Oczon 16, Javillionar 13, Amsali 12, Manalang 11, Coyoca, 8, Gonzales, Pangilinan 4, Minerva 2, Malonzo 2, Vinoya 2, Dayrit 0, Felisilda 0.

Quarter scores: 17-21, 31-45, 51-67, 72-91.

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UST foils Baby Tams in crunch time

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The University of Santo Tomas Tiger Cubs prevailed over the Far Eastern University Baby Tamaraws with a huge comeback in the payoff period, 81-80, in the UAAP Season 80 semifinals round of the junior’s basketball tournament at the Blue Eagles Gym Saturday.

RJ Abarrientos led FEU’s offense in the deciding period, burying four out of their five trips to the rainbow area to extend the lead by 13, 79-66.

UST then countered with their own four treys which resulted in a 14-0 surge, including a clutch pull-up jumper by RJ Baquial with 1:12 remaining in the clock, 80-79.

FEU’s LJ Gonzales had a chance to reclaim the lead but only managed to tie the game, 80-all, sinking one of his two free throws.

Kobe Palencia would seal the deal for the Tiger Cubs by hitting one of two in the charity stripe, 81-80.

UST head coach Chris Cantonjos gave credit to his players for their mental toughness and willingness to win the game.

“Nakuha na namin lahat at naexperience noong eliminations at kumbaga nainput na nila yung gusto nating mangyari,” he said. “Ang ginagawa na nila kanina kusa na talaga na gustong-gusto talaga nilang manalo.”

UST had a nine-point advantage at the start of second canto, 24-15, but FEU paraded a 12-0 run to grab the lead, 24-27.

Jezreel Villapando shot back-to-back treys to regain the lead, 30-27, but FEU’s 14-3 blitz overshadowed his momentum, 41-33.

Liam Manabat drained a triple at the buzzer to cut the lead to five, 41-36.

MVP frontrunner CJ Cansino paced UST with 18 points and 16 rebounds, while Baquial contributed 13 markers.

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FEU’s Abarrientos tallied game-high 24 points while Xyrus Torres had 11 markers.

UST will try to keep their momentum going against the twice-to-beat NU Bullpups on February 23, Friday, at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

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NU Bullpups shatter Tiger Cubs

The Tiger Cubs dropped to a 5-5 win-loss record.

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The University of Santo Tomas Tiger Cubs absorbed a 34-point blowout loss against the Nazareth School Bullpups, 75-109, in the UAAP Season 80 juniors’ basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena Saturday.

The Cubs just suffered a three-game losing streak in the second round of the eliminations, dropping to a 5-5 win-loss record.

In the payoff period, UST’s Vince Dolendo was slapped with two unsportsmanlike fouls after engaging in a scuffle with NU’s Rhayyan Amzali and Paolo Javillionar which forced Dolendo to vacate the playing court with three minutes remaining.

Despite some questionable calls that were called against the Tiger Cubs, head coach Chris Cantojos pointed out the team’s defensive flaws in the game.

“We have to move on regarding doon sa mga calls. Ang problem [talaga] is we have to play defense at ayan ang nawala sa amin, kaya lumayo ng lumayo yung score,” he explained.

NU also had the edge in the rebounding department grabbing 50 boards compared to UST’s 29.

After leading by a point at the end of the opening salvo, 26-25,  NU’s Matthew Manalang sparked a 13-0 run against the Tiger Cubs, 44-31.

Manalang led NU with game-high 25 points while Amsali tallied 13 markers. MVP front-runner CJ Cansino was limited to 13 points and six boards while Kobe Palencia also had 13.

The Tiger Cubs will try to bounce back against the University of the East Junior Warriors in hopes of keeping their Final Four campaign alive on Jan. 27, Saturday, at the same venue.

“Hindi na sa amin pwede na matalo so kailangan namin na umangat kasi kung hindi mawawala kami diyan sa Final Four,” he ended.

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Box Scores:

UST (75) – Cansino 13, Palencia 13, Dolendo 10, Lina 7, Baquial 6, Narvasa 6, Manabat 6, Benzonan 5, Anunciacion 5, Esplana 2, Estrella 2, Dela Cruz 0, Villapando 0, Biag 0, Co 0.

NU (109) – Manalang 25, Amsali 13, Fortea 12, Coyoca 12, Oczon 10, Malonzo 10, Javillionar 9, Gonzales 6, Minerva 6, Pradella 4, Pangilinan 2, Felisida 0, Dayrit 0, Vinoya 0.

Quarter scores: 26-25, 41-50, 61-80, 75-109

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