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Golden Spikers survive Green Spikers in UAAP debut

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The University of Santo Tomas Golden Spikers escaped the De La Salle Green Spikers in a five-set thriller, 25-21, 25-16, 15-25, 23-25, 16-14, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena Saturday.

UST was on its way to a perfect finish as it lead 2-0 in sets, but La Salle made them work for the victory.

After a lopsided third set which La Salle bagged, the Green Spikers forced a deciding set after a grueling fourth set which saw the teams exchange points in the end.

“Nag adjust sila at nahirapan kami sa mga errors namin kaya nakabalik din agad La Salle,” Joshua Umandal said.

It was an intense fifth set as UST scored four unanswered points to a 7-3 lead midway through the set.

La Salle then scrapped for every point until they tied the score, 14-all.

UST then scored two straight points with the match point being an attack error of La Salle, 16-14.

Five players scored in double digits lead by rookie Umandal with 21 points.

Captain Timothy Tajanlangit finished with 34 excellent sets.

UST’s next game will be against the University of the East on Wednesday, Feb 11, at the Fil-Oil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

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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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UST notches back-to-back win after defeating UP

After overpowering the UE Red Warriors in their last game, the UST Growling Tigers upset the UP Fighting Maroons, 86-72, in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena Wednesday.

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After overpowering the University of the East Red Warriors in their last game, the UST Growling Tigers upset the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 86-72, in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena Wednesday.

This is their third win that ties them with UP at fifth place with a 3-4 card to end the first round match-up.

Cj Cansino led UST with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists, while Renzo Subido and John Kenneth Zamora added 13 and 12 markers apiece.

Bright Akhueti had 18 points and 11 rebounds, a double-double performance that fell short from sealing the victory for UP.

UST will try to keep their winning momentum as they face the Far Eastern University for the second round of eliminations on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the same venue.

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