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Falcons bow to the Tigers; UST joins PCCL Elite Four

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     FROM eight teams, only four remain standing; UST Growling Tigers take part in the Elite Final Four of the PCCL after obliterating the Falcons with an enormous 24-point lead, 88-64, last November 19 at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

     Aljon Mariano steered the Tigers with a game-high of 20 points which included the 10-2 run, bringing them in front by eight points in the third. Together with Jeric Teng and Kevin Ferrer, they were able to penetrate and set the Falcon defense crumbling. They were able to get 15 and 12 markers, respectively.

     UST had set the the tone in the first period, as Teng, Fortuna, and Lo rained deadly treys to give them a head start, which also forced Adamson to call an early timeout.

     In the latter part of the second period, an unfortunate Rodney Brondial accidentally stumbled in the UST bench in his attempt to save the loose ball with 3:17 left. He was immediately given medical attention; luckily he was able to play in the second half.

     With Adamson’s low field goal percentage with 29 percent, UST took the opportunity to continue its shooting streak averaging to 44.8 percent in the field. UST led for as much as six points by the end of the first half with 34-28.

     As the third period began, Aljon Mariano heated up the game with a 12-point explosion against the Falcons. Guns fell silent for boys in blue as they were overscored by the golden boys of España with 24-17 in the third. The Falcons have cut the lead to as close as two points, however by the end of the third, UST widened the gap with 58-45.

     The Falcon’s Eric Camson shouldered the bulk of his team, due to the early ejection of key player Jericho Cruz who was fouled out late in the first half. Camson amassed 17 points with 7 rebounds in the end game.
 
     Come by the seven minute mark in the fourth, Clark Bautista finally made his first field goal of the game with a dagger three-pointer in the corner. However, Bautista’s guns were not yet finished and he unleashed two more treys from beyond the arc, followed by Teng with a trey of his own, which dealt heavy damage to the Falcons.

     With 1:43 left in the game clock, Coach Jarencio let the bench players take the spotlight. The crowd was just driven wild by the intensity of the game played by UST’s Hainga, Vigil, Villar, and Daquioag, who all showed no mercy. They delivered eight consecutive points as final blow against the Falcons.

     Filled with confidence, Coach Jarencio elaborated two factors of their victory against Adamson University: ‘good defense’ and ‘good offense’ which resulted to a good performance of the team.

Tigers’ scores: Mariano 20, Teng 15, Ferrer 12, Fortuna 11, Bautista 9, Abdul 5, Lo 5, Daquioag 3, Vigil 2, Villar 2, Hainga 2, Afuang 2, Pe 0, Garrido 0
Falcons’ scores: Camson 17, Cabrera 16, Cruz 10, Abrigo 7, Monteclaro 5, Brondial 4, Agustin 2, Julkipli 2, Cabigas 1, Mendoza 0, Trollano 0, Petilos 0, Rios 0, Bernabe 0
Quarter scores: 16-10, 34-28, 58-45, 88-64

By Josiah Darren G. Saynes

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Abando-less UST bows out of PCCL contention

The UST Growling Tigers were eliminated by the San Beda Red Lions, 68-77, in a matchup between the UAAP and NCAA runner ups in the final day of eliminations in the 2020 PCCL UAAP-NCAA Challenge.

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The UST Growling Tigers were eliminated by the San Beda Red Lions, 68-77, in a matchup between the UAAP and NCAA runner ups in the final day of eliminations in the 2020 PCCL UAAP-NCAA Challenge held at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020.

James Kwekuteye led the Legarda-based squad with 14 points and seven assists with the help of Peter Alfaro finishing with 13 markers and two clutch offensive rebounds, while UST’s team captain CJ Cansino held his own with 21 points and nine boards.

It was slow start for both teams until San Beda drew first blood while the Tigers still in the cold missing Rhenz Abando’s presence because of sore eyes.

Free-throws helped UST keep themselves in the game despite their dismal 3/20 shooting while San Beda fared better at 7/19 ending the first half doubling their lead of six from the first quarter, 39-27.

UST entered the second half strong, with their three-pointers starting to go in, but a relentless Red Lion squad and a slump to end the third quarter had them with a 46-62 deficit heading into the fourth.

Momentum shifted to the España side as the final canto arrived with consecutive turnovers from San Beda and huge buckets from Brent Paraiso and CJ Cansino cut the deficit down to single-digits.

However, UST struggled to knock their free throws down as San Beda regained their composure to ultimately pull away with the win.

Brent Paraiso chipped in 12 points while reigning UAAP MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo faced another another scoring slump finishing with only six points and nine rebounds. Mark Nonoy was also unsuccessful in finding his range with nine markers and seven boards.

San Beda’s Ralph Penuela finished with 11 points and five dimes and big man Kenmark Cariño with 10 points, seven boards, and two blocks.

Reigning NCAA MVP Calvin Oftana finished with a dismal outing, scoring only six points.

San Beda will now advance to the Final Four of the tournament happening next weekend, Feb. 22-23 at the Davao City Recreational Center. Richie Paul Brillo 

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Emotions stop UST from getting back against Ateneo

UST will face the NCAA runner-ups San Beda Red Lions next on the final day of eliminations.

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The UST Growling Tigers was handed its first loss by the defending UAAP champions the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 71-82, in the 2020 Philippine Collegiate Champions League’s UAAP-NCAA Challenge at the FilOil Flying V Centere in San Juan on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020.

Lots of drama happened from the start up to the end as the rivals of the UAAP from España and Katipunan squared up once again, with SJ Belangel proving to be the new “King Eagle” after scoring 26 points while for the Tigers, Renz Abando and Deo Cuajao finished with 14 points each. 

Belangel stepped up to give Ateneo the early lead with the help of the team’s chippy defense that led to UST’s sloppy 7 turnovers to start the game.

Along with Belangel’s efforts and Ateneo’s defense, high-level rebounding and sloppy fouls from the Tigers led to an early 15-29 deficit for UST.

Deo Cuajao and Rhenz Abando combined for an 8-0 run in the second quarter that helped UST back into the game, along with better rebounding overall, however turnovers and Ateneo maintaining their composure culminated in the Tigers trailing 38-48 after the first 20 minutes.

In the third quarter, UST started off strong before SJ Belangel proceeded to erupt for three consecutive triples to extinguish UST’s momentum.

Ultimately the Tigers ended the third quarter on a high note with momentum on their side, especially after fouls on Pat Maagdenberg and head coach Tab Baldwin. 

Heading into the fourth quarter with a score of 65-66, UST was outscored by the defending  UAAP champs 16-6, with Ateneo functioning well on both sides of the floor, courteousy of SJ Belangel’s orchestration and Ange Kouame’s inside presence. 

UST team captain CJ Cansino chipped in 10 markers and former NSNU Bullpup Paul Manalang contributed 6 dimes, while reigning UAAP MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo only scored five points along with six rebounds. 

Ateneo’s Kouame however finished with double-double of 15 points and 13 boards helped by the new Fil-Am recruit Dwight Ramos with eight markers and three assists. 

UST will face the NCAA runner-ups San Beda Red Lions next on the final day of eliminations on Saturday (Feb. 15) at the same venue. R. P. Brillo

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UST goes back to undefeated ways in juniors’ beach volleyball tourney

The UAAP season 82 juniors’ beach volleyball tournament is set to conclude next Saturday, Feb. 15, at the same venue.

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The UST Junior Tiger Spikers and Junior Tigresses managed to sweep their way through once again in day four of the UAAP season 82 juniors’ beach volleyball tournament at the SM Sands by the Bay in Pasay on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020.

Alex Iraya and Jay Dela Noche won their lone match of the day with a 21-14, 21-14 sweep over the UE Junior Red Warriors, bringing their record to a clean 6-0 four days into the tournament.

For the Junior Tigresses, Vanessa Bangayan and Julianna Carreon bounced back from last Saturday’s loss to the UE Junior Red Warriors with back-to-back sweeps against the FEU Baby Tamaraws and the Adamson Baby Falcons, with final scores of 21-17, 21-17 and 21-18, 21-10, respectively.

The UAAP season 82 juniors’ beach volleyball tournament is set to conclude next Saturday, Feb. 15, at the same venue.

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