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Growling Tigresses claw FEU

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The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigresses survived the late scare of the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, 73–67, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena Saturday.

After being riddled by FEU in the fourth canto, UST’s Sai Larosa and Jhenn Angeles exploded at crunch time combining 18 points in the crucial period.

Angeles sank two free shots to secure their third victory of the season, 73–67.

Despite being slapped with a technical foul after resenting to some calls, UST head coach Haydee Ong praised her players for making a comeback at both ends in the closing period.

“We forced them to a lot of turnovers and we converted it [into baskets], and si Larosa noong second half, she did her job,” she explained.

Angeles delivered 21 points to lead UST while Sai Larosa provided 17 markers and 10 boards.

“Nagself-reflect lang ako noong second half. Nag-start ako sa defense, then sunod-sunod [tapos] hindi ko namamalayan na nakakaagaw na kami at nakakatira na ako,” Larosa stated.

UST will clash against Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Box Scores

UST 73- Angeles 21, Anies 18, Larosa 17, Isanan 8, Gandalla 6, Tortillo 2, Aujero 1, Rivera 0, Capilit 0, Peñaflor 0, Jerez 0, Magat 0.

FEU 67- Mamaril 21, Quiapo 11, Arellado 9, Jumuad 9, Taguiam 7, Gerner 4, Balleser 4, Antiola 2, Bastatas 0, Payado 0, Ouano 0, De Guzman 0.

Quarter Scores

19–16, 35–32, 51–55, 73–67

by Cyreel Gian Zarate

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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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Tigers run out of gas against NU in UAAP opener

The new-look UST Growling Tigers suffered their first loss against season-host National University, 70-75, to open their campaign in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament in the Mall of Asia Arena Saturday.

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The new-look UST Growling Tigers suffered their first loss against season-host National University, 70-75, to open their campaign in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament in the Mall of Asia Arena Saturday.

The Tigers trailed by only five points at the end of the first half, 28-33, but suffered a third-quarter beating where the Bulldogs finished with a 17-point lead.

UST rallied through the fourth quarter, cutting their double-digit deficit to as much as four points capped off by a jumper from Steve Akomo, 68-72, but NU proved to be too tough and sealed the victory for the Bulldogs.

“Pagdating dun sa 4th quarter yung crucial stretch, we were not able to make some stops on our individual defense,” UST head coach Aldin Ayo explained.

UST rookie CJ Cansino put up 20 points, eight of which came from a perfect shooting from the free throw line, while Renzo Subido contributed 15 markers.

Siblings Shaun and Dave Ildefonso lead the Bulldogs with 19 and 10 points, respectively.

This marks the first game of Aldin Ayo as the head coach of the Tigers after leaving La Salle last season.

UST will next face the Far Eastern University Tamaraws on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Araneta Coliseum.

Quarter Scores:

14-14, 28-33, 37-54, 70-75

Box Scores:

UST 70 — Cansino 20, Subido 15, Akomo 12, Enrique Jr. 6, Lee 6, Zamora 5, Huang 4, Bataller 2, Bonleon III 0, Marcos 0, Consejo 0.

NU 75 — S. Ildefonso 19, D. Ildefonso 10, Joson 8, Clemente 6, Gaye 6, Rike 6, Aquino 4, Galinato 4, Sinclair 4, Galliego 3, Yu 3, Diputado 2, Morido 0.

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UST welcomes former Lyceum bigman as Growling Tiger

The UST Growling Tigers have found their newest addition to the team in the form of Germy Mahinay, a former reserve of the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Pirates for NCAA Season 94.

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The UST Growling Tigers have found their newest addition to the team in the form of Germy Mahinay, a former reserve of the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Pirates for NCAA Season 94.

Contrary to Tiebreaker Times saying that the 6’6” center is eligible to play with the Tigers starting UAAP Season 82, Mahinay will see action this coming season of the UAAP Men’s basketball tournament since he did not play a single game for the Pirates.

“Makakalaro ako ngayong taon kasi hindi pa naman ako pumasok sa LPU eh kasi August pa pasukan nila so pwede pa ako makapag laro sa UST,” Mahinay said, which UST head coach Aldin Ayo confirmed later on in an online interview with TomasinoWeb.

Mahinay has been training with the Tigers for more than a week now.

His decision to move to España was because he wanted to play this year, but Lyceum failed to give him the chance to do so.

He also said his transfer was based on UST’s offer for his education, which he no longer disclosed to TomasinoWeb.

“Maganda po ang offer ng UST saakin at para sa future ko kaya po nag decide po akong lumipat,” he explained.

Despite his sudden change of heart, he said Lyceum head coach Topex Robinson was kind enough to accept his transfer.

“Kung yun daw ang nakakabuti sa future ko, sige daw papayagan niya ako. Pero kung gusto ko daw bumalik ulit sa LPU, open naman daw po sila at tatangapin pa daw ako,” the 20-year old bigman said.

“Nagpapasalamat pa din po ako kay coach Topex dahil binigyan niya ako ng pagkakataon na makasali sa team ng LPU. Pero sa ngayon po nag decide na din po ako.”

He averaged 4.0 points and 4.9 rebounds in his last season with the San Beda Red Cubs.

Mahinay is an incoming freshman student of the College of Commerce and Business Administration major in Marketing Management.

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