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Growling Tigers surrender to Adamson; veterans miss action in first half

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Parading a relatively younger lineup in their first half against the Adamson University Soaring Falcons, the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers could not put a punctuation on their losing skid, 61-76, in the UAAP Season 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament, Wednesday, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
UST head coach Rodil ‘Boy’ Sablan blunted that it was his decision to bench veterans Louie Vigil, Kent Lao, Marvin Lee and Renzo Subido in the entire first half as a way of disciplinary action.
“Nagkaroon lang ng kaunting problema, kaya binigyan ko sila nu’n [disciplinary action].” He explained. “Ginawa ko ito para na rin sa sake ng team, tsaka ito ‘yung tama.”
The España-based squad could not deliver the goods in the payoff period as the Soaring Falcons showcased a 17-4 run and never looked back, 54-72.
The late heroic runs by UST’s main gunners Jamil Sheriff and Lao were not enough as time was winding down and AdU continued to pile up points from the stripes, 61-76.
“We had a miscommunication lang po yesterday. Ako po mali nu’n kaya na benched kami noong first half.” Team captain Vigil opened his side in an exclusive text message to TomasinoWeb. “We were late at practice yesterday and we thought alam ni coach boy na male-late kami. So fault po talaga namin kasi hindi kami nakapag paalam.”
With the loss, UST Growling Tigers dropped to 3-10 win-loss card while Adamson sealed the last slot for final four as they eliminated University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons and National University Bulldogs in contention.
Despite the absence of the veterans in the first half, Growling Tigers managed to keep the game in striking distance but Adamson’s Robbie Manalang proved to be too much to handle on his back-to-back drives into the rim, 30-37.
“Pinakita ko lang ‘yung future ng team next year, kaya naman nila di’ba?” Sablan said after using his second stringers, Regie Basibas, Zachary Huang, Enrique Caunan, Justin Arana, and Oliver de Guzman, together with big men William Afoakwah, Jan Macasaet, and Jeepy Faundo.
Sheriff was the lone veteran in the lineup.
“Binigyan ko ng plays yung mga bata, at nagdeliver naman sila.” He added. “Paunti-unti, para madevelop natin yung confidence sa kanila.”
Sheriff carried the load for UST with 13 markers of his own while Manalang and Jerrick Ahanmisi provided one-two punch for combined 32 points
The Growling Tigers will face the Ateneo Blue Eagles as their last assignment for this season on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the same venue.
Quarter Scores: 19-21, 32-37, 50-56, 61-76
Box Scores:
UST (61): Sheriff 13, Lao 12, Basibas 8, Vigil 6, Macasaet 6, Huang 4, Caunan 4, Afoakwah 3, Arana 3, de Guzman 2, Faundo 0. Lee 0, Subido 0
AdU (76): Manalang 16, Ahanmisi 16, Manganti 9, Tungcab 8, Sarr 7, Mustre 7, Ochea 6, Espleta 6, Bernardo 2, Camacho 2, Paranada 0, Chua 0, Ng 0
Photo by Genelaine Urbano (file photo)

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UAAP to cancel, reformat events amid COVID-19

The UST Junior Tigresses and the Adamson Baby Falcons were also proclaimed as co-champions of the inaugural girls’ basketball tournament held earlier this year. 

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With the recent mess brought about by the COVID-19, the UAAP has declared in their recent memorandum that all pending high school events are to be cancelled, while for the college tournaments, a change in the current format. 

“If the government declares it is safe to resume classes on April 15, 2020, and does not prohibit mass gatherings, the UAAP will work toward alternative formats of the competition to begin no earlier than May 1, 2020.” the memorandum stated. 

The memorandum came two days after the declaration of the suspension of classes which is set to last until April 14 and the implementation of strict social distancing measures in the National Capital Region (NCR)

The UST Junior Tigresses and the Adamson Baby Falcons were also proclaimed as co-champions of the inaugural girls’ basketball tournament held earlier this year. 

Prior to the cancellation, the collegiate volleyball tournament had already started while other sports such as baseball, softball, and football were well on there way to open their respective seasons. 

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Laure sisters take charge in UST’s demolition of FEU

The UST Golden Tigresses dismantled the FEU Lady Tamaraws in straight sets, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 to complete a bounce back ordeal in the UAAP season 82 womens’ volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 3. 

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The UST Golden Tigresses dismantled the FEU  Lady Tamaraws in straight sets, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 to complete a bounce back ordeal in the UAAP season 82 womens’ volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 3. 

Led by their prized duo in the Laure sisters, the Tigresses easily cruised to victory as the Lady Tamaraws found no answer to UST’s red hot offense. 

The younger Eya scored a game high 16 points, while the elder EJ had 12 of her own. Veteran Caitlyn Viray and rookie Imee Hernandez had nine and seven markers respectively. 

“Number one adjustment na ginawa namin yung constant communication, especially pag nasa loob, yung nasa labas kasi talagang dire-diretso na kami sa pagbigay ng instructions so mas maganda yung naging receiver namin, yung mga player namin,” UST head coach Emilio Kung Fu Reyes remarked when asked as to what improvements his team made heading into the game. 

Save for the first set, UST found no problems as they swept FEU, especially in the third set that saw the Tigresses go up by as much as 10 points. 

UST also had 45 attack points in total, a stark contrast to FEU’s 27.

Jeanette Villareal and Czarina Carandang had seven points apiece to lead the Lady Tamaraws while Ivana Agudo had six in the losing cause. 

With the win, both teams are now tied with a 1-1 record. 

UST is set to take on the DLSU Lady Spikers next.

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FEU outruns UST in five sets

Four days removed from their opening loss against NU, the UST Tiger Spikers fell anew to the FEU Tamaraws after a five-set thriller in the first round of the UAAP season 82 men’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 8. 

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Four days removed from their opening loss against NU, the UST Tiger Spikers fell anew to the FEU Tamaraws after a five-set thriller, 21-25, 26-24, 25-20, 22-25, 12-15 in the first round of the UAAP season 82 men’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 8. 

After a back and forth affair in the first two sets, UST seemed ready to pull away as they took a 2-1 lead against the Tamaraws before the Morayta- based squad managed to keep their composure and took the next two sets to take the game. 

The fifth set saw the Tiger Spikers struggle against FEU who had momentum on their side after winning the fourth set, and as much as UST was on its way to closing the gap, the Tamaraws ultimately sealed the game courtesy of Jude Garcia. 

Joshua Umandal had 21 points to lead the Tiger Spikers for the second straight game, while Jhun Senoron and Manuel Medina flanked him with 17 and 10 markers respectively.

For FEU, Jude Garcia led the charge with 27 points. Jose Javelona and JP Bugaoan had 13 apiece and Mark Calado chipped in 12 markers of his own.

The game now puts UST at a 0-2 record, while FEU stays unbeaten at 2-0. 

The Tiger Spikers will look to bounce back against DLSU on March 15.

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