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Eaglets dismantle Tiger Cubs

UST Head Coach Chris Cantojas was thrown off the game after being slapped with two technical fouls for entering the court and using profane language while complaining for a non-call.

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The Tiger Cubs suffered a lopsided loss against the Ateneo De Manila Blue Eaglets (ADMU), 63–94, in the UAAP Season 80 juniors’ basketball tournament at the Blue Eagles Gym, Sunday, Nov. 3.

After starting the second period with an 18–2 Ateneo blitz in over five minutes, 36–20, UST Head Coach Chris Cantojas was thrown off the game after being slapped with two technical fouls for entering the court and using profane language while complaining for a non-call.

Down at 56–41 during the third period, UST’s Cyril Narvasa was also ejected for throwing a fist.

Ateneo would then capitalize on that aftermath, unleashing a 10–0 run led by Sean Ildefonso, 66–41. Cantojas was not shy to call out the officials for their questionable calls during the game.

“Ang daming mga flaws [sa tawag]. Kumbaga hindi rin naman natin kailangan na isisi sa kanila, pero ang pangit eh,” Cantojas aired. “Ang ganda ng nilalaro ng mga bata and then kokontrolin nila [yung laro].

UST had the edge in the rebound department grabbing 65 boards compared to Ateneo’s 41.

However, Ateneo dominated the painted area with 60 inside points compared to UST’s 20. Nonetheless, Cantojas praised his players for their efforts in trying to contain the Blue Eaglets.

“Yung mga bata naman lumaban. Ang problem lang naman kasi mahirap maglaro kapag ang kalaban +3 sa loob,” Cantojas said.

UST had the lead in the first canto after Vince Dolido buried a triple at the buzzer, 18–15, but Ateneo claimed all three quarters to cruise themselves to victory.

John Cansino led the team in scoring with 20 points while John Lina contributed 10 points in a losing effort.

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ADMU’s Kai Sotto tallied a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds while Ildefonso had 19 markers. UST will try to bounce back against the De La Salle University on Dec. 9, Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

Box scores: UST (63) — Cansino 20, Lina 10, Manabat 9, Dolendo 6, Baquial 6, Palencia 4, Anunciacion 2, Estrella 2, Biag 1, Co 0, Relucio 0, Narvasa 0, Villapando 0; ADMU (94) — Sotto 20, Ildefonso 19, Belangel 15, Jaymalin 14, Manuel 10, Diaz 6, David 4, Credo 2, Chiu 2, Escalona 2, Lopa 0, Ong 0.

Quarter scores: 18–15, 35–45, 49–74, 63–94

by Cyreel Gian Zarate

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Juniors’ MVP CJ Cansino joins Growling Tigers

CJ Cansino already began his training with the Tigers under newly-appointed head coach Aldin Ayo.

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Photo from UST head coach Aldin Ayo’s Twitter account

The Growling Tigers will now expect the services of reigning Juniors’ MVP CJ Cansino in UAAP Season 81, as Cansino himself expressed his commitment to stay with UST.

“UST ang nagbigay ng chance na maabot ko ‘yung pangarap ko. Hndi ko maaabot lahat ‘to kung wala ang UST,” Cansino told TomasinoWeb. “Gusto ko rin makatulong na iangat yung basketball program.”

Cansino already began his training with the Tigers under newly-appointed head coach Aldin Ayo, and has started to adapt to the system.

“Nag-training na po ako and tinutulungan naman ako ni coach [Ayo] na makasabay agad sa practice,” he said.

Ayo was first to welcome Cansino by posting a picture together with his coaching staff on Twitter.

Cansino is a homegrown talent from the Tiger Cubs who recently led his team in Final Four at the third spot.

He also bagged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, making him the first Thomasian to win the MVP plum since Kevin Ferrer in 2010.

Although Cansino is expected to share his minutes alongside veterans Regie Boy Basibas, Jordan Sta. Ana, and returning Mario Bonleon, he is more than willing to accept his role as an incoming rookie for the España-based squad.

“Ibibigay ko ‘yung best ko kung anuman ‘yung role na ibigay sa akin ni coach, and gagawin ko lahat hindi lang pang-sarili kundi para sa UST rin para manalo,” he stated.

UST is currently on a rebuilding process after an abysmal campaign in both Seasons 79 and 80, only winning four out of their 28 outings.

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Cansino is all set to help the Tigers bounce back from a forgettable season.

“Gagawin ko lahat ng makakaya ko para lang maipanalo at maiangat na rin ang UST,” he ended.

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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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