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Fortuna Sizzles As Tigers End Skid

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Jeric Teng is of a fiery start, draining a triple from beyond the arc and two mid-range jumpers to keep UST Tigers up float in the first quarter, until he suddenly went down with a mild ankle sprain.

That served as a cue for his namesake Jeric Fortuna to carry the cudgels for Coach Pido Jarencio.

Fortuna sizzled with 16 points as the Tigers trounced the UP Maroons, 68-49, at the resumption of 74th Season of UAAP Men’s Basketball at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum Sunday.

Fortuna also added 9 rebounds across his name. Carmelo Afuang provided decent numbers for Jarencio with 13 markers. Rookie Karim Abdul and Chris Camus, meanwhile, take care of the boards with a combined 25 repossessions.

Tigers were dominating from the get go, leading by as much as 19 points thrice, the last one was the final tally, 68-49, after Afuang drained a turn-around jumper as the buzzer sounded.

Jarencio also did a great job of rotating his guards to fill the void of Teng throwing in Kevin Ferrer, Jamil Sheriff and Kim Lo as alternatives for the shooting guard position.

Ferrer finished with 5 points and 5 rebounds, Sheriff also has five markers and Lo has four.

Tigers also provided intensive defense with no Maroons reaching double figures.

Angelo Montecastro was the leading scorer for coach Ricky Dandan with 9 points, far cry from his 14 in their 76-63 upset win over the FEU Tamaraws last Thursday.

Sophomore Guard Mike Silungan, who was shacked all game long by Camus, produced only 8 points, while Maroons gunner Jett Manuel, who fired 20 in their win vs FEU, was reduced to five markers.

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Meanwhile, Jarencio said that Teng is ready to play on Thursday against equally-tentative DLSU Green Archers, dismissing the former Xavier University guard’s injury as mild.

“He is ready to play earlier, but we chose to rest him so as not to aggravate his injury,” Jarencio said.

Green Archers was not as dominant as before with only three wins to boot against the lowly Maroons, NU Bulldogs and UE Red Warriors, which is also the source to Tigers three wins.

“I like our chances against La Salle,” Jarencio said.

The Tigers and Green Archers are both sporting a three wins and three loss records behind Ateneo Blue Eagles, Adamson Falcons and FEU Tamaraws.

The victory was Tigers’ ninth straight since the Marvin Cruz-led Maroons defeated the Espana-based dribblers in 2006.

BOXSCORES:

UST 68- Fortuna 16, Afuang 13, Abdul 8, Camus 8, Teng 7, Sheriff 5, Ferrer 5, Lo 4, Pe 2, Vigil 0, Tan 0, Lao 0.

UP 49- Montecastro 9, Silungan 8, Mbah 7, Maniego 6, Manuel 5, Romero 4, Gamboa 4, Wong 2, Fortu 2, Gomez 2, Juruena 0, Pascual 0.

Quarterscores: 16-12, 25-17, 45-29, 68-49.

 

By Adrian Co

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UAAP finds new broadcast home in Cignal TV

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) announced on Friday, October 23 that it has reached a five and a half broadcast partnership with Cignal TV.

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The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) announced on Friday, October 23 that it has reached a five and a half year broadcast partnership with Cignal TV.

The partnership is set to kick off starting 2021, when UAAP Season 83 commences. 

Together with its other digital platforms, One Sports channel, the sports division of media giant TV5, will air selected UAAP games starting Season 83. UAAP affirmed in their official statement released Friday evening. 

“As part of this collaboration, select events of the UAAP will be aired live on One Sports channel and its other digital assets, ensuring an engaging and expansive coverage across different multimedia platforms,” the statement read. 

“With its affiliate network, TV5, their combined experience in sports production provides the UAAP with a strong foundation in its efforts to promote collegiate sports in the country,” the statement added

For the first time in two decades, the UAAP  will not be airing on the ABS-CBN network, which had been the league’s media partner since 2000. 

“We’ll consider other parties if necessary. We’ll choose what’s for the best interest of the UAAP community,” UAAP Executive Director Rebo Saguisag said when asked about the plans of UAAP last May.

Last May 2020, the House of Representatives refused to grant the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN which resulted in the UAAP’s decision to consider other broadcast partnerships.

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PNP report a ‘big boost’ for UAAP appeal: Ayo

Two days after a Sorsogon PNP report absolved him of liabilities for the Sorsogon ‘bubble’, former UST head coach Aldin Ayo is now hopeful that the same report will boost his appeal against his indefinite ban in the UAAP. 

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Two days after a Sorsogon PNP report absolved him of liabilities for the Sorsogon ‘bubble’, former UST head coach Aldin Ayo is now hopeful that the same report will boost his appeal against his indefinite ban in the UAAP. 

The embattled coach originally resigned from his head coaching post last September 4, before being slapped with an indefinite ban by the UAAP Board of Trustees five days later. 

“I feel vindicated by the result of the Sorsogon City PNP Investigation on the alleged IATF violations in our activity in Capuy, Sorsogon; which result, was duly confirmed by the Office of the Governor of the Province of Sorsogon,” Ayo said in a statement on Friday. 

“The result of the investigation conducted by the proper government authorities, the PNP on the ground — at my house and farm, will certainly complement my position on the matter: that I have not in any way violated any national and local government health protocol or IATF regulations,” the former coach added.

In the police report dated Sept. 23 which was certified by provincial governor Chiz Escudero, it was found that Ayo and UST’s actions were in accordance with the government’s health protocols and that there were no prohibited basketball activities held outside his residence and within the province’s jurisdiction. 

Ayo also noted that the police report included “overlooked” details by the University’s fact-finding committee, which was used as a basis by the UAAP BoT to impose his indefinite ban. 

“I have dutifully raised matters overlooked by the UST fact-finding committee in their findings which became the basis for the UAAP decision. These pertinent matters, if properly considered, may significantly alter the decision of the UAAP Board.” Ayo said. 

Players allegedly went to Sorsogon to conduct “farm training” for their “special personal development” in Ayo’s mahogany farm, which were non-contact activities, and not to conduct team practices as originally stated by former team captain CJ Cansino.

Due to the province being placed in Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) – Low Risk at the time, the agricultural activities undertaken were allowed under the EID-IATF community quarantine guidelines. 

The former Tigers coach also took a shot at the doubters of his story, stating that while it may be understandable to doubt the Growling Tigers being invited to Sorsogon for agricultural work, it prevails as the truth if it is really the case. 

An invite to the same doubters was also sent by Ayo to conclude the statement. 

“Come to my house and farm in Capuy, Sorsogon, and see for yourself. ‘For the harvest is plenty and the laborers are few.’ he concluded. 

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UST takes another loss as Bismarck Lina completes UP transfer

Five days after reports of exploratory talks originally surfaced, former UST Tiger Cubs star Bismarck Lina is now on his way to play for the UP Fighting Maroons.

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Five days after reports of exploratory talks originally surfaced, former UST Tiger Cubs star Bismarck Lina is now on his way to play for the UP Fighting Maroons.

First reported by multiple publications Monday afternoon, the move was made official through a photo posted of Lina with UP coach Bo Perasol.

(H/T: @spinph)

The 19-year-old also confirmed the news on his Twitter account, with the simple statement “new chapter”.

Lina is set to be reunited with former Growling Tigers captain CJ Cansino who was the first to leave the team in light of the Sorsogon Bubble fiasco. 

The former Tiger Cub originally committed to the seniors’ squad last February and was set to originally debut in the collegiate scene during UAAP season 83. 

However, with his transfer, Lina is now set to play for the Maroons in UAAP season 84 due to his status as a late enrollee. He and Cansino are set to debut in the same season. 

The 6-foot-5 bruiser and cousin of former King Tiger Kevin Ferrer was a force in his final year with the Tiger Cubs, posting norms of 16.6 points, 10.9 points, and 2.1 assists despite only appearing in the second half of the season. He was also a part of the Mythical Five way back during UAAP season 81.

Lina is now the eighth player to leave the Tigers following future teammate Cansino, the now-Letran Knights trio of Rhenz Abando, Ira Bataller and Brent Paraiso, third-stringer turned Mapua Cardinal Jun Asuncion and the now-De LaSalle Green Archers duo of Mark Nonoy and Deo Cuajao.  

 

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