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Ayo officially set to lead Tigers

UST cited Aldin Ayo’s discipline-based basketball program “that gives primary importance to the academic life of the student-athletes” and his desire to coach the Growling Tigers on a “modest salary scheme” as key reasons for his hiring.

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It is official: UST has confirmed on Monday, Jan. 8, that former Green Archers headmaster Aldin Ayo will lead the Growling Tigers next season as the team’s new head coach, formally taking over the post left vacant by Boy Sablan after he resigned last November.

In a statement released on the official Facebook page of the Institute of Physical Education and Athletics, UST said it sought Ayo’s coaching services knowing that his contract with the Archers bound him to La Salle only until the end of 2017.

The University cited Ayo’s discipline-based basketball program “that gives primary importance to the academic life of the student-athletes” and his desire to coach the Tigers on a “modest salary scheme” as key reasons for his hiring.

“We in UST actively collaborate with individuals who can help us fulfill our vision to form student-athletes to become not only competitive in their chosen fields, but more importantly respectful of their competitors,” the statement read.

Last Jan. 2, Ayo took to Twitter to address reports of his exit from the Taft-based squad. The LaSalllian confirmed his departure the following day. Meanwhile, Ayo confirmed his move to España in a report by the Varsitarian last Jan. 5.

Ayo has played for the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Knights, who won back-to-back championships in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 1998 and 1999.

He was awarded NCAA Coach of the Year in 2015 after leading the Knights to another NCAA title. The following year, Ayo bagged a UAAP title for the Archers.

The Tigers amassed just four wins and suffered 24 losses in two full UAAP seasons under Sablan. Their dismal single-win record this season was their worst since 1989. The whole coaching staff, together with Sablan, were relieved from their duties effective Nov. 30.

Following Sablan’s resignation, Mario Bonleon and Renzo Subido are now gearing for their comeback after refusing to play for the Tigers this season (READ: Bonleon, Subido to return for Tigers after Sablan quits).

TomasinoWeb has sought Ayo for comment but he is yet to respond as of press time.

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Growling Tigers succumb to Adamson

The UST Growling Tigers bowed down to the yet undefeated Adamson University Soaring Falcons, 71-79, in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

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The UST Growling Tigers bowed down to the yet undefeated Adamson University Soaring Falcons, 71-79, in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Saturday.

The Tigers cut down Adamson’s lead to one during the third quarter, 41-40, courtesy of veteran Marvin Lee’s back-to-back triples.

Rookies Cj Cansino and Ken Zamora scored seven straight points to give the Tigers their first lead, 48-45, since the opening quarter.

UST’s priced rookie, Cj Cansino lead the Tigers scoring 18 points, six rebounds, and two assists in 24 minutes of action.

Veteran Marvin Lee chipped in 16 markers for the Tigers who now dropped to 1-2. The Falcons slowly regained their lead by the end of the third quarter, 58-54, and didn’t turn back anymore.

Jerrick Ahanmisi lead the Falcons with 20 points.

UST will next face Ateneo de Manila University on Saturday, Sept. 29, 4 pm, at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

Quarter Scores:

13-20, 18-18, 23-20, 17-21 Box Scores:

UST 71- Cansino 18, Lee 16, Akomo 8, Subido 8, Consejo 6, Huang 4, Marcos 4, Zamora 3, Lagumen 2, Mahinay 2

ADU 78- Ahanmisi 20, Magbuhos 15, Espelata 12, Camacho 9, Bernardo 7, Lastimosa 6, Pingoy 4, Sarr 4, Catapusan 2.

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Growling Tigresses notch first win after 87-point rout of error-plagued UP

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The UST Growling Tigresses pummeled the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, 129-42, in the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Saturday.

UST banked on a powerful second quarter scoring 40 against UP’s eleven points, ending the half with a 51-point lead, 69-18.

The Tigresses also had 42 points off 56 turnovers from UP.

Sai Larosa led UST to victory with 28 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists, while Malu Irebu added her own double-double of 24 markers and 13 rebounds.

Loraine Capilit, Reynalyn Ferrer, and Ana Tacatac also scored in double-digits for the Tigresses, limiting UP with only one double-digit scorer—Noella Cruz with 13 points.

UST will next face the Adamson University Lady Falcons on Monday, Sept. 24, at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

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Tigers hold off FEU to notch first win

The UST Growling Tigers fended off the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 76-74, in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday.

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The UST Growling Tigers fended off the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 76-74, in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Wednesday.

Renzo Subido led the Tigers with 18 points while Marvin Lee chipped in 13 markers and four assists.

Hubert Cani sank a trey that cut UST’s lead to two points in the final quarter, 76-74, but Arvin Tolentino missed a crucial buzzer-beater three-point shot, officially giving the Tigers their first win of the season.

Prince Orizu had a double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds for FEU in the losing cause.

The Tigers will next battle the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons on Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

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