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Jarencio-less Tigers escape Eagles, fights for PCCL title today

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     UST made sure that PCCL Finals is different to UAAP Finals.

     The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers is now one step away in clinching their first Philippine Collegiate Champions League title as they outshined UAAP rival Ateneo Blue Eagles, via 82-76 pulsating victory in game one of their best-of-three titular series at the San Juan Arena last November 27.

     Graduating forward Carmelo Afuang buried a lead-stealing perimeter shot in the last 1:15 of the pay-off period, 74-73, followed by a back-to-back baskets by Karim Abdul and Kevin Ferrer to established a five-point lead, 78-73, with 20.9 seconds left in the game.

     The Blue Eagles managed to cut the deficit into two after Ryan Buenafe answered a quick three, 76-78, but Jeric Teng and Aljon Mariano sealed the game as they made all of their four combined charities to beat Ateneo for the second time in the league.

     “Sana mai-improve pa naming yung defense namin kasi naiiwan kami at saka yung help defense,” Afuang said to TomasinoWeb.

The UAAP finalist, who missed the service of Coach Pido Jarencio because of measles, pulled their acts together as five of them scored in double digits. Ferrer paced the tigers in offense, banking up game-high 18 points, highlighted by 9-of-9 in the two point territory while Abdul and Teng tallied for 24 combined markers.

Syempre all-out kami sa next game, gusto na rin namin matapos itong series na ‘to para makuha na namin yung championship dito sa PCCL,” Afuang added, who contributed 10 markers.

UAAP 5-peat champions played strong in the first-half as they were able to build a 9-point advantage in the second canto after a 10-2 run courtesy of Nico Salva’s baseline jumpers and a dunk in the six minute mark by Greg Slaughter, 37-28.

The Tigers answered a 6-0 run in the last stretch of second frame, highlighted by a two-handed slam of Eduardo Daquioag to end the half only down by three, 39-42.

Ferrer and Afuang started the third canto with long-range shots for an 8-2 salvo to regain the driver seat, 47-44, and end the quarter with a dunk of Kevin Ferrer, 60-58.

Buenafe rocked the scoreboard for the Katipunan-based squad registering 15 points while Kiefer Ravena was handed to only 11 points including 1-of-5 in the rainbow area.

Game two of the series is happening today at the San Juan Arena. A win of UST will give the Tigers its first Champions League title since the foundation of the tourney, but a win of ADMU will extend the showdown on a winner-take all match.

Tigers’ scores: Ferrer 18, Abdul 12, Teng 12, Mariano 11, Afuang 10, Fortuna 9, Daquioag 4, Vigil 2, Pe 2, Bautista 2
Eagles’ scores: Buenafe 15, Tiongson 13, Slaughter 12, Gonzaga 12, Ravena 11, Salva 8, Elorde 3, Golla 2, Pessumal 0, Chua 0, Porter 0, Capacio 0
Quarter scores: 20-19, 39-42, 60-58, 82-76

By Karl Cedrick G. Basco
Photo taken by Jenzine Inah M. Alcantara

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Abando-less UST bows out of PCCL contention

The UST Growling Tigers were eliminated by the San Beda Red Lions, 68-77, in a matchup between the UAAP and NCAA runner ups in the final day of eliminations in the 2020 PCCL UAAP-NCAA Challenge.

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The UST Growling Tigers were eliminated by the San Beda Red Lions, 68-77, in a matchup between the UAAP and NCAA runner ups in the final day of eliminations in the 2020 PCCL UAAP-NCAA Challenge held at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020.

James Kwekuteye led the Legarda-based squad with 14 points and seven assists with the help of Peter Alfaro finishing with 13 markers and two clutch offensive rebounds, while UST’s team captain CJ Cansino held his own with 21 points and nine boards.

It was slow start for both teams until San Beda drew first blood while the Tigers still in the cold missing Rhenz Abando’s presence because of sore eyes.

Free-throws helped UST keep themselves in the game despite their dismal 3/20 shooting while San Beda fared better at 7/19 ending the first half doubling their lead of six from the first quarter, 39-27.

UST entered the second half strong, with their three-pointers starting to go in, but a relentless Red Lion squad and a slump to end the third quarter had them with a 46-62 deficit heading into the fourth.

Momentum shifted to the España side as the final canto arrived with consecutive turnovers from San Beda and huge buckets from Brent Paraiso and CJ Cansino cut the deficit down to single-digits.

However, UST struggled to knock their free throws down as San Beda regained their composure to ultimately pull away with the win.

Brent Paraiso chipped in 12 points while reigning UAAP MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo faced another another scoring slump finishing with only six points and nine rebounds. Mark Nonoy was also unsuccessful in finding his range with nine markers and seven boards.

San Beda’s Ralph Penuela finished with 11 points and five dimes and big man Kenmark Cariño with 10 points, seven boards, and two blocks.

Reigning NCAA MVP Calvin Oftana finished with a dismal outing, scoring only six points.

San Beda will now advance to the Final Four of the tournament happening next weekend, Feb. 22-23 at the Davao City Recreational Center. Richie Paul Brillo 

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Emotions stop UST from getting back against Ateneo

UST will face the NCAA runner-ups San Beda Red Lions next on the final day of eliminations.

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The UST Growling Tigers was handed its first loss by the defending UAAP champions the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 71-82, in the 2020 Philippine Collegiate Champions League’s UAAP-NCAA Challenge at the FilOil Flying V Centere in San Juan on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020.

Lots of drama happened from the start up to the end as the rivals of the UAAP from España and Katipunan squared up once again, with SJ Belangel proving to be the new “King Eagle” after scoring 26 points while for the Tigers, Renz Abando and Deo Cuajao finished with 14 points each. 

Belangel stepped up to give Ateneo the early lead with the help of the team’s chippy defense that led to UST’s sloppy 7 turnovers to start the game.

Along with Belangel’s efforts and Ateneo’s defense, high-level rebounding and sloppy fouls from the Tigers led to an early 15-29 deficit for UST.

Deo Cuajao and Rhenz Abando combined for an 8-0 run in the second quarter that helped UST back into the game, along with better rebounding overall, however turnovers and Ateneo maintaining their composure culminated in the Tigers trailing 38-48 after the first 20 minutes.

In the third quarter, UST started off strong before SJ Belangel proceeded to erupt for three consecutive triples to extinguish UST’s momentum.

Ultimately the Tigers ended the third quarter on a high note with momentum on their side, especially after fouls on Pat Maagdenberg and head coach Tab Baldwin. 

Heading into the fourth quarter with a score of 65-66, UST was outscored by the defending  UAAP champs 16-6, with Ateneo functioning well on both sides of the floor, courteousy of SJ Belangel’s orchestration and Ange Kouame’s inside presence. 

UST team captain CJ Cansino chipped in 10 markers and former NSNU Bullpup Paul Manalang contributed 6 dimes, while reigning UAAP MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo only scored five points along with six rebounds. 

Ateneo’s Kouame however finished with double-double of 15 points and 13 boards helped by the new Fil-Am recruit Dwight Ramos with eight markers and three assists. 

UST will face the NCAA runner-ups San Beda Red Lions next on the final day of eliminations on Saturday (Feb. 15) at the same venue. R. P. Brillo

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UST goes back to undefeated ways in juniors’ beach volleyball tourney

The UAAP season 82 juniors’ beach volleyball tournament is set to conclude next Saturday, Feb. 15, at the same venue.

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The UST Junior Tiger Spikers and Junior Tigresses managed to sweep their way through once again in day four of the UAAP season 82 juniors’ beach volleyball tournament at the SM Sands by the Bay in Pasay on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020.

Alex Iraya and Jay Dela Noche won their lone match of the day with a 21-14, 21-14 sweep over the UE Junior Red Warriors, bringing their record to a clean 6-0 four days into the tournament.

For the Junior Tigresses, Vanessa Bangayan and Julianna Carreon bounced back from last Saturday’s loss to the UE Junior Red Warriors with back-to-back sweeps against the FEU Baby Tamaraws and the Adamson Baby Falcons, with final scores of 21-17, 21-17 and 21-18, 21-10, respectively.

The UAAP season 82 juniors’ beach volleyball tournament is set to conclude next Saturday, Feb. 15, at the same venue.

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