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The National University Bulldogs asserted their dominance over the UST Tiger Spikers in three sets, 18-25, 18-25, 21-25 in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan Saturday.

The first two sets saw UST struggle to defend against NU’s offense which was clicking on all cylinders, and were facing deficits as large as seven points within those two sets.

During the first set, despite their slow start to begin the game, UST was able to cut down NU’s seven-point lead down late to three with a 4-0 run that brought the game to 18-21, but unforced errors and NU’s offense ultimately led to the Bulldogs’ own 4-0 run to take the set.

In the second set, UST had a much better start, preventing NU to go on huge runs early, however they were unable to keep their strong momentum going, and were unable to respond when NU’s offense started to click, which, like the first set buried them in six to seven point deficits.

On the third set however, UST was able to keep up with NU better as compared to the previous two sets and were even able to tie the game in the closing moments at 21.

Joshua Umandal chipped in 13 points for UST in the losing cause, while Jayvee Sumagaysay and Manuel Medina had eight points apiece.

Sumagaysay’s eight points also included a game-high four blocks.

After the game, Coach Odjie Mamon attributed their lack of gameplan execution and his team’s health as factors to their loss, citing rookie Jaron Requinton specifically when it came to the topic about health.

“Sa gameplan di na execute, resistant sila dun sa napractice namin, resistant sila to execute today, tapos di talaga healthy yung players, nawala si – si Jaron (Requinton) di 100% so I opted for (Jireh) Buro kaso siya naman ang na sprain so ipinasok ko si Jaron. Kaya lang si Jaron Requinton, wala siya nung two days preparation namin for this game so di talaga ma ieexecute yung game plan,” he explained.

When asked about how to prevent losses like these, Mamon stated that as long as the team is healthy, losses like these can be prevented.

“Kailangan lang healthy sila, yun lang,” he quipped.

For NU, it was Bryan Bagunas with a game-high 14 points. Teammates Angelo Almendras and Francis Saura also scored double digits with 12 and 10, respectively.

UST now falls to a 3-3 record while NU improves to a 4-1 slate.

UST is set to take on the UE Red Warriors next on Mar. 17, Sunday at the same venue.

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Salinggawi Dance Troupe falls short from CDC podium for second straight year

UST’s Salinggawi Dance Troupe once again came up short of a podium finish in the UAAP Season 82 Cheerdance Competition held at the Mall of Asia Arena Sunday, Nov. 17. 

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UST’s Salinggawi Dance Troupe once again came up short of a podium finish in the UAAP Season 82 Cheerdance Competition held at the Mall of Asia Arena Sunday, Nov. 17. 

Salinggawi’s forest-themed performance placed fourth, with a huge 8.5 differential from the second runner-up, the Adamson Pep Squad.

Salinggawi placed fifth for tumbling, stunts, and tosses and fourth for the pyramid, and third for the dance after having a 13-point deduction. 

NU once again repeats as Cheerdance champions after having 722 points out of 800 points. 

FEU on the other hand placed 1st runner-up with the score of 706 points.

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Tigers fail to find answers as Eagles come alive to take Game 1

Playing their first game in over two weeks, the defending champs easily cruised to a dominant start, opening the game with an 18-4 blast led by Thirdy Ravena who scored 11 straight points for the Eagles to give his squad a 32-17 start. 

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The currently unbeaten Ateneo Blue Eagles showed no signs of rust as they easily snatched Game 1 of the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball finals over the underdog UST Growling Tigers, 91-77, held at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao Saturday, Nov. 16. 

Playing their first game in over two weeks, the defending champs easily cruised to a dominant start, opening the game with an 18-4 blast led by Thirdy Ravena who scored 11 straight points for the Eagles to give his squad a 32-17 start. 

The Tigers looked ready to close the gap in the second quarter when reigning rookie of the year Mark Nonoy came alive to spearhead a 19-3 run to cut Ateneo’s 19 point advantage down to eight. 

Ateneo however, countered with a 13-1 run of their own to head into halftime leading 54-39. 

Come the third quarter, the Eagles started to pull away further, once again being led by Thirdy Ravena who poured in 12 of Ateneo’s 22 points in the period. 

The fourth and final quarter saw a subdued scoring affair for Ateneo as they were held to just 15 points by the Tigers. 

Despite the Atenean masterclass, UST actually came close in quarter per quarter scoring, especially in the second and fourth quarters that saw them go 22-all against the Eagles and outscoring them 19-15, respectively.

Even with the loss, Coach Aldin Ayo stressed that the team won’t be heading into Wednesday’s matchup with tons of pressure and would focus more on the necessary preparations to extend the series.

“Not so much dun sa pressure eh. Magfofocus kami sa preparations, titignan, pag-aaralan namin yung laro kung ano yung kailangan baguhin don,” the champion mentor stated in an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb.

Rookie of the Year Mark Nonoy had a herculean effort to lead UST with a career-high 26 points with 12 of those coming in his squad’s huge second quarter run. 

Brent Paraiso chipped in 14 points and reigning MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo had a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds to go along with Nonoy’s offensive outburst. 

For the Eagles, last year’s Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena went off with a game-high 32 points while Ivorian stalwart Ange Kouame had an 18-point, 12-rebound double-double. 

The two-way threat SJ Belangel also had 12 points on an efficient 4-of-9 shooting for the Katipunan-based squad.

Game 2 of the Finals is set to be played on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena as the Tigers attempt to bring the series to a decisive third and final game.

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Cansino more than happy as UST clinches finals berth a year after freak injury

For team captain CJ Cansino, this finals appearance means so much more considering how his super-rookie season came to an abrupt end in Season 81 when he went down with an ACL injury against the same opponent in the same venue and UST’s campaign went completely downhill as they lost their last four games without him in the lineup. 

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With their 68-65 win over the UP Fighting Maroons on Wednesday, the UST Growling Tigers are officially headed to the UAAP men’s basketball tournament finals after four long years to face the currently unbeaten Ateneo Blue Eagles this Saturday. 

For team captain CJ Cansino however, this finals appearance means so much more considering how his super-rookie season came to an abrupt end in Season 81 when he went down with an ACL injury against the same opponent in the same venue and UST’s campaign went completely downhill as they lost their last four games without him in the lineup.

“Sobrang saya ko. Kahit di ako naka contribute nang malaki, nakapasok naman kami ng finals. Iba talaga yung feeling pag pumapasok ng finals eh, dahil simula noong pumasok ako ng UST high school, pangarap ko na talaga ipasok ang UST sa finals,” Cansino quipped in an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb

Despite only scoring two points, Cansino managed to pull down eight rebounds for the España-based squad in the closeout game against the Maroons. 

“Di ko maexplain eh. Bigla nalang tumulo yung luha ko tas tinignan ko yung mga tao and gaano sila kasaya. Sobrang sarap sa feeling,” he added when asked to describe the feeling of a finals appearance.

Cansino and the rest of the Tigers will look to draw first blood against the Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles as they play game one of the finals on Saturday.

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