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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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UST frustrates NU in overtime

The UST Growling Tigers bounced back against the National University Bulldogs in overtime, 87-74, in the first round of the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena Pasay, Sunday. 

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The UST Growling Tigers bounced back against the National University Bulldogs in overtime, 87-74, in the first round of the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena Pasay, Sunday. 

NU seemed ready to pull away in regulation before a couple of crunch time heroics from Rhenz Abando, Zach Huang and Soulemane Chabi Yo helped bolster the Tigers’ comeback bid to go along with a late collapse from the Bulldogs themselves which included huge fouls from Dave Ildefonso and Issa Gaye that helped trim the NU lead in the final moments of the fourth quarter.

Bulldogs guard John Lloyd Clemente had a potential game winner before Soulemane Chabi Yo answered with an acrobatic desperation shot which tied the game at 70.  

Come overtime, the Tigers started to catch fire from behind the arc, led by two back-to-back huge triples from Rhenz Abando which sealed the win for the España-based squad.

“Sinuwerte pa kami doon sa dulo. We did not play our game noong first 3 and a half quarters. Buti nag pick up kami sa last 5 minutes ng fourth quarter. Composed pa din yung mga bata especially noong last 6 seconds.” Coach Aldin Ayo said.

Rookie Rhenz Abando had 21 points built on five three pointers and three of those came in crucial moments of the game. He also had six rebounds to complement his scoring prowess. 

Fellow rookie Soulemane Chabi Yo had another standout performance – dropping a double-double of 23 points and 20 rebounds. 

“Noong overtime na, doon ko lang naramdaman na nasa sistema na ako ni coach. Noong fourth quarter, parang nasa labas ako ng sistema niya.” Renz Abando says.

The Bulldogs on the other hand were led by Dave Ildefonso and John Lloyd Clemente who had  16 points, six rebounds and 12 points, seven rebounds respectively.

UST will face the Adamson University Soaring Falcons next on Wednesday (Sept. 18), 12:30 pm at the same venue.

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Tigers lose close game against defending champions Ateneo

The UST Growling Tigers fell in a close game to the reigning two time champions the Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles, 71-70 in the first round of the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao Wednesday. 

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The UST Growling Tigers fell in a close game to the reigning two time champions the Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles, 71-70 in the first round of the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao Wednesday. 

It was a close game overall, with the young Tiger squad being mostly able to go toe to toe with the championship caliber Ateneo squad. 

The first half saw both clubs exploding offensively while being able to limit the opposing team to below 20 points within the first two quarters – Ateneo outscored UST 23-13 in the first quarter while UST outscored Ateneo 24-10 in the second quarter as they headed to halftime. 

On the other hand, second half proved to be different as it became a slugfest that made it difficult to paint out a clear winner till the final buzzer. 

UST had a chance to take the lead in the final minute with the score at 68-67, but Ivorian big Angelo Kouame had a clutch block on Soulemane Chabi Yo. 

In the final seconds however, the Tigers  had an opportunity to take it to overtime at 70-67 but team captain CJ Cansino missed his hail mary three point attempt. 

Beninese import Soulemane Chabi Yo once again paced the Tigers with a monster double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Fellow newcomers Rhenz Abando and Mark Nonoy on the other hand were both limited to nine points along with the veteran Renzo Subido. 

For the Blue Eagles, Thirdy Ravena and Angelo Kouame had double doubles of 17 points and 11 points along with 10 rebounds apiece respectively. Second year man Gian Mamuyac also added in 11 points of his own as the Eagles barely edged out the Tigers. 

With the loss, the Tigers go down to 2-1 while Ateneo now remains the sole unbeaten team at 3-0. 

UST is set to take on the National University Bulldogs next on Sunday (Sept. 15) at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

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Tigers continue hot start with blowout win over UP

The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers shrugged off Season 81 runner up the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons with an 85-69 victory to notch their second straight victory for the season in the first round of the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao Saturday.

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The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers shrugged off Season 81 runner up University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons with an 85-69 victory to notch their second straight victory for the season in the first round of the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao Saturday.

Two straight three pointers from Renzo Subido and one from Mark Nonoy pushed UST’s lead to 16 in the final two minutes of the game.

Leading the España based squad was once again Soulemane Chabi Yo recording a monster double-double with 18 points and 18 boards.

Rookies Mark Nonoy and Rhenz Abando together with veteran Renzo Subido who  combined for 41 points to help contribute to the Tigers’ winning cause.

When asked about his key adjustments following a 16 point breakout game today, Mark Nonoy said ” Isa lang yung sinasabi ni coach kasi noong first game masyadong excited kami and then pagkatapos ng game they said na wag kaming masyadong excited and sumandal lang kami sa sistema niya kung ano yung ginagawa namin sa practice yun yung ilalabas namin sa laro.”

UST was also able to limit Maroons’ marquee guards Juan Gomez De Liaño and Ricci Rivero to five and four points respectively.

In an statement regading his thoughts on playing the defending champs Ateneo on their next game, Coach Aldin Ayo said, “This is a competition, every time you compete, everytime you play of course you always aim to win and you’re going to do your best, you’re going to squeeze everything just to win, so we’re going to do our best.”

Meanwhile, last year’s UAAP most valuable player Bright Akhuetie lead the Fighting Maroons with 19 points and 16 boards in the lopsided game, serving as the lone bright spot for the otherwise underperforming Maroons.

The Tigers will look to get their third straight victory on Wednesday (September 11) against the defending champions Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles  at the same venue.

 

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