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Literature alumna is new NCAA courtside reporter

It only took Charisse Nixie “Chase” Orozco a month after graduation before she was introduced as one of the newest faces of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 94’s courtside reporting team. The alumna of Tomasian Media Circle and Talents and occasional host is set to headline the opening season this July 7, Saturday, marking her first-ever stint in sports broadcasting.

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It only took Charisse Nixie “Chase” Orozco a month after graduation before she was introduced as one of the newest faces of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 94’s courtside reporting team. The alumna of Tomasian Media Circle and Talents and occasional host is set to headline the opening season this July 7, Saturday, marking her first-ever stint in sports broadcasting.

“Actually, hindi talaga ako nag-start sa reporting eh. Sa hosting ako nag-start,” Orozco told TomasinoWeb.

Asked how her program in the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Literature, made her discover an opportunity in NCAA, she admitted that it was through Gretchen Ho’s tweet that made her decide to give reporting a try.

Nalaman ko ‘yung audition for NCAA through my friend. Nag-tweet kasi si Gretchen Ho about it and pinakita niya sa akin, so I decided to give it a shot.”

Although this will be her first time working with game updates and live actions, the 20-year-old fresh graduate already has an understanding in sports and hosting, given her history, which allows her to get easily accustomed with her job.

“I pursued this track kasi ever since bata ako, na-expose na ako ng parents ko sa sports—badminton and volleyball. Yung dad ko, he watches basketball a lot. Kumbaga, ang saya lang sa feeling na yung love mo (sic.) for sports and public speaking, magagawa ko siya as courtside reporter,” Orozco shared.

A chance of actually fulfilling her dream—and a promising one—of becoming a courtside reporter was not enough to calm her passionate heart; there were still doubts that almost held Orozco back.

“After nung audition, halos two weeks ako [naghintay] ng call back, to the point na ang iniisip ko na noong time na yun was baka may nakuha na,” she said.

“I tried applying to different companies na rin. I already got a job offer from a company I was eyeing on pero I turned it down kasi dream ko talaga maging courtside reporter. Nandon yung what ifs and fear pero I still chose to take a risk.”

Now that Orozco is about to enjoy her run in delivering news bits on the court, she is more than ready to step on the spotlight as she expects great things ahead for the league.

“I’ll do my best to give the viewers the perspective that they don’t see on cam. Perspective from the sidelines kumbaga. I also want to be an instrument wherein I can share the success stories of the players in their journey throughout the season. Basta ako, I really want to do a good job and deliver good quality of reports,” she vowed.

“I have high expectations for the upcoming season because most of the teams improved. This year’s league is really exciting and I’m sure the games will be intense.”

If there is one thing that Orozco wants to say to all the aspiring courtside reporters, it would be: “Taking a leap of faith is already half the battle.”

“Believe in yourself and everything else will follow. If an opportunity comes up, grab it! Invest, focus and have faith in yourself. I always remind myself na wala namang mawawala sa pag-try ng isang bagay,” she encouraged everyone to step out of their comfort zone.

 

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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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Error-filled UST loses Finals bid after succumbing to FEU

The UST Golden Tigresses surrendered to the FEU lady Tamaraws, 25-19, 25-19, 25-22, 25-17, in the best-of-three semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Women’s Division at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan Sunday.

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The UST Golden Tigresses surrendered to the FEU lady Tamaraws, 25-19, 25-19, 25-22, 25-17, in the best-of-three semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Women’s Division at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan Sunday.

Eya Laure paced UST with 15 points coming off 13 attacks and two service aces, while Caitlin Viray chipped in 11 markers in the losing cause.

“Yung pagka bata ng team lumalabas kaya pinalitan namin ng seniors yung mga rookies pero hindi pa rin napunan kung anong pagkukulang. So this game, binigay ko sa seniors kaya makikita natin na mas maraming seniors sa loob,” UST assistant coach Ian Fernandez said.

The Tigresses committed a total of 33 errors to give FEU the edge to win.

“Actually yang 33 errors na yan is more on receive and service errors. So again, lagi kong sinasabi sa nga bata, last two games pa lang ng elimination to minimize na errors. Our target is 25 errors pababa,” he explained.

Jerrili Malabanan lead the Lady Tamaraws with 13 points from 10 attacks, followed by Lycha Ebon and Angela Negrito with 12 points apiece.

The Golden Tigresses will next face the Adamson Lady Falcons for a battle for third place which schedule is yet to be announced.

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