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‘Mayhem’ system gone as Ayo opts for ‘Tigers Defense’

The Growling Tigers’ new head coach deemed it fitting that there should be a new technique for a new team.

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The Growling Tigers’ newly-appointed head coach Aldin Ayo expressed his excitement to work with the Tigers under a new system he called “Tigers Defense.”

Ayo deemed it fitting that there should be a new technique for a new team thus, he no longer wants to use the famous “Mayhem Defense.” He introduced the “Tigers Defense” instead, which he sees is more suited for UST.

“Ayokong gamitin yung Mayhem eh. Preferably, I want to use UST Tigers Defense, kasi ‘yun ang team ngayon. We depend on effort. We depend on how motivated we are in playing defense, and of course, the coaching staff will provide a system improved by the technique,” Ayo told TomasinoWeb.

Having been a coach for the past three years, he claimed that the two “defense” techniques will still surely be different because the system is “evolving.”

“This time it will be better kasi we’re going to learn from mistakes. There will be adjustments and definitely, ‘yung adjustments na ‘yon will improve our system,” he quipped.

Ayo, who was able to clinch a championship for the Letran Knights in NCAA 2015 and the Green Archers in UAAP the following year, will face a daunting task of rebuilding a team coming off their worst UAAP season.

Despite the pressure of bringing the Tigers back to the Final Four, Ayo made sure that he will unleash the Tigers’ potential to become better on the court.

“We’re just going to maximize everything na meron sa’tin, and we’ll make sure na these players get better and we maximize their potential na makapaglaro sila nang maayos,” he quipped. “We’re going to get better. We’re going to be the hardest working team. Magtatrabaho kami then let’s see kung ano magiging resulta,” Ayo claimed

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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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