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Laure, Meneses departure ‘blessing in disguise’, says Reyes

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Facing a tough setback as a team, the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses remain unfazed on their quest for another successful campaign this UAAP Season 80.

UST head coach Emilio “Kung Fu” Reyes and the rest of the Tigresses will encounter their most challenging hurdles this season – the crucial loss of EJ Laure who was forced to sit out this season due to shoulder injury, and Ria Meneses who decided to forego her final playing year.

“Well-seasoned player na ito [si Meneses]. Talagang aasahan mo na talaga especially last year na niya… suddenly nag-iba ng desisyon na gusto na lang magconcentrate sa pag-aaral so wala naman kaming magagawa kundi respetuhin ang ganung bagay.”

“Then yung kay EJ, mas masakit kasi malapit na [yung Season 80]. Noong papunta na kami para sa camp, nagkaroon na ng problema,” he explained.

UST will also miss the presence of Alex Cabaños and Pam Lastimosa after exhausting their playing years last season.

Despite the sudden departure of their two key players, everyone in the team stepped up during their preparation which, according to Reyes, became a “blessing in disguise” for UST.

“Nagdadatingan yung mga hindi mo inaasahan na mag-step up tapos may nadagdag pa sa lineup so malaking bagay para sa atin,” he added. “Nakikita namin na hindi namin masyadong mararamdaman yung pagkawala ng dalawa.”

Last saeson, the España-based squad booked a return trip to final four for the first time since Season 74, where they placed third before bowing out against then defending champion La Salle in the semifinals.

UST also found success in the UniGames in Dumaguete where they defeated the Lady Archers in the finals.

However, Reyes aims to surpass their achievement from last year which is to claim a twice-to-beat advantage by exerting effort in every game ahead of them.

“Hopefully Final Four, pero kukuha tayo ng twice-to-beat advantage, kaya sa ngayon trabahuin natin one game at a time,” he quipped.

Spikers Cherry Rondina and Mary Dominique Pacres will lead the charge for the Tigresses, while Carla Sandoval, Tin Francisco, Caitlyn Viray, and newcomer Mallena Alessandrini are expected to consistently improve as well.

“Iba pa rin kung nandiyan sila [Laure and Meneses], pero yung bench namin every rotation matibay kahit sinong ipasok mo siguradong gagawa at gagawa ng puntos,” he assured.

The Golden Tigresses will try to surpass La Salle on their opening bout this Saturday, February 3 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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Growling Tigers succumb to Adamson

The UST Growling Tigers bowed down to the yet undefeated Adamson University Soaring Falcons, 71-79, in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

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The UST Growling Tigers bowed down to the yet undefeated Adamson University Soaring Falcons, 71-79, in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Saturday.

The Tigers cut down Adamson’s lead to one during the third quarter, 41-40, courtesy of veteran Marvin Lee’s back-to-back triples.

Rookies Cj Cansino and Ken Zamora scored seven straight points to give the Tigers their first lead, 48-45, since the opening quarter.

UST’s priced rookie, Cj Cansino lead the Tigers scoring 18 points, six rebounds, and two assists in 24 minutes of action.

Veteran Marvin Lee chipped in 16 markers for the Tigers who now dropped to 1-2. The Falcons slowly regained their lead by the end of the third quarter, 58-54, and didn’t turn back anymore.

Jerrick Ahanmisi lead the Falcons with 20 points.

UST will next face Ateneo de Manila University on Saturday, Sept. 29, 4 pm, at the Filoil Flying V Arena.

Quarter Scores:

13-20, 18-18, 23-20, 17-21 Box Scores:

UST 71- Cansino 18, Lee 16, Akomo 8, Subido 8, Consejo 6, Huang 4, Marcos 4, Zamora 3, Lagumen 2, Mahinay 2

ADU 78- Ahanmisi 20, Magbuhos 15, Espelata 12, Camacho 9, Bernardo 7, Lastimosa 6, Pingoy 4, Sarr 4, Catapusan 2.

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Growling Tigresses notch first win after 87-point rout of error-plagued UP

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The UST Growling Tigresses pummeled the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, 129-42, in the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Saturday.

UST banked on a powerful second quarter scoring 40 against UP’s eleven points, ending the half with a 51-point lead, 69-18.

The Tigresses also had 42 points off 56 turnovers from UP.

Sai Larosa led UST to victory with 28 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists, while Malu Irebu added her own double-double of 24 markers and 13 rebounds.

Loraine Capilit, Reynalyn Ferrer, and Ana Tacatac also scored in double-digits for the Tigresses, limiting UP with only one double-digit scorer—Noella Cruz with 13 points.

UST will next face the Adamson University Lady Falcons on Monday, Sept. 24, at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

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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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