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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 take down Warriors behind Cansino-Lee tandem

CJ Cansino and Marvin Lee post historic feats to lead UST to its fifth win over the UE Red Warriors, 79-68, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament at the San Juan Arena Sunday. ‬

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The UST Growling Tigers outplayed the University of the East Red Warriors, 79-68, in the second round eliminations of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan Sunday.

UE had the lead in the first quarter but UST took over from the second frame onwards with Marvin Lee finishing the first half with a total of seven three-point shots.

Lee and CJ Cansino connived in the second quarter to make up for their deficit in the prior frame.

“We played well. We adjusted well under offense. It’s a good thing that before the first half ended, we were able to adjust,” Ayo explained.

Cansino tallied a triple-double of 20 points on a 5-of-8 field goal, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists despite a sprained ankle, an impressive record for a rookie.

“Masaya syempre dahil nakuha ko yung triple-double. Pero sinunod ko lang yung sistema eh. Yung sistema na sharing the ball at lahat kailangan gumana, so thankful ako sa sistema,” Cansino quipped.

In addition, Zach Huang chipped in 14 points all during the second half to go along with seven rebounds and two assists, while Lee registered a career high of 30 points.

On the UE side, Alvin Pasaol and Philip Manalang had 26 and 15 markers, respectively.

The Tigers rose to a 5-5 record to further bury UE at the bottom with 1-10.

UST will look to gain their next win against De La Salle University on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

Quarter Scores:

17-19, 39-33, 59-49, 79-68

Box Scores:

UST 79 — Lee 30, Cansino 20, Huang 14, Bataller 4, Bonleon 4, Agustin 2, Caunan 2, Mahinay 2, Zamora 1, Marcos 0.

UE 68 — Pasaol 26, Manalang 15, Conner 12, Bartolome 6, Varilla 4, Strait 3, Lacap 2, Beltran 0, Cullar 0, Gallardo 0, Guion 0.

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NU halts Tigers’ winning streak

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The UST Growling Tigers fell short against the National University Bulldogs, 61-69, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan Sunday.

“As I’ve told you before, di naman kami concerned sa spot eh. We just want to compete. We take it one game at a time,” UST head coach Aldin Ayo said.

Renzo Subido had 18 points for UST, and Marvin Lee had 12 in the losing cause.

The Tigers had an early advantage over the Bulldogs, but lost it by the crucial final period.

“Defense. Pinaghandaan naman namin yan during the pre-season. Pinaghandaan naman namin yan the whole week. If you can’t play good defense down the stretch, you can’t have a good impression,” Ayo explained.

Rookie Cj Cansino did not have a good scoring game but contributed well in terms of rebound, garnering 18 boards, in the absence of UST’s big man Steve Akomo.

Bulldogs’ Dave Ildefonso made an impact scoring 16 points, while Troy Rike and John Clemente chipped in 13 and 12 markers, respectively.

UST’s next game will be on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28, against the University of the East Red Warriors, at the same venue.

“Humihingi ako ng suporta sa buong community, especially against UE. So we’re inviting all Thomasians, students, alumni,” Ayo quipped. “Rest assured, we’re going to do our best. Ibibigay namin lahat, para ma-deserve lang namin yung panalo.”

Quarter Scores:

11-15, 32-33, 42-53, 61-69

Box Scores:

UST 61- Subido 18, Lee 12, Huang 11, Cansino 8, Mahinay 8, Caunan 4, Zamora 0, Batalier 0, Marcos 0, Agustin 0, Consejo 0.

NU 68- D. Ildefonso 16, Rike 13, Clemente 12, Gaye 10, Diputado 7, S. Ildefonso 4, Yu 3, Sinclair 2, Joson 2, Aquino 0, Galinato 0, Gallego 0, Tibayan 0.

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Tigers extend win streak to three

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The UST Growling Tigers escaped the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 78-70, to stretch their win streak to three in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena Sunday.

Zachary Huang led UST with 20 points and six rebounds, while Marvin Lee and Renzo Subido contributed 17 and 14 markers, respectively.

Lee sank back-to-back treys following an LJ Gonzales layup to take the lead in the final quarter, 55-51, after ending the prior frame tied with FEU at 49.

“We executed our game plan. Lumabas yung laro ng mga bata. Pinaghandaan naman namin ‘to… pero long way to go. We are not going to be contented by these wins,” said UST head coach Aldin Ayo.

Huang’s jump shot sparked a 12-2 run to stretch their lead to ten, 67-57, before Arvin Tolentino drained a three to cut UST’s rally.

“We are going to continue working hard, and we are going to compete,” Ayo continued.

Richard Escoto and Arvin Tolentino were the only players who scored in double digits for FEU with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Quarter Scores:
23-19, 37-33, 49-49, 78-70

Box Scores:
UST 78 — Huang 20, Lee 17, Subido 14, Mahinay 10, Cansino 5, Bataller 4, Caunan 2, Marcos 2, Bonleon 2, Consejo 2, Zamora 0, Agustin 0.

FEU 70 — Escoto 12, Tolentino 11, Orizu 8, Stockton 8, Gonzales 7, Cani 6, Ebona 6, Comboy 5, Parker 3, Iñigo 2, Bayquin 2, Tuffin 0.

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