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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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Growling Tigers take down Warriors behind Cansino-Lee tandem

CJ Cansino and Marvin Lee post historic feats to lead UST to its fifth win over the UE Red Warriors, 79-68, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament at the San Juan Arena Sunday. ‬

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The UST Growling Tigers outplayed the University of the East Red Warriors, 79-68, in the second round eliminations of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan Sunday.

UE had the lead in the first quarter but UST took over from the second frame onwards with Marvin Lee finishing the first half with a total of seven three-point shots.

Lee and CJ Cansino connived in the second quarter to make up for their deficit in the prior frame.

“We played well. We adjusted well under offense. It’s a good thing that before the first half ended, we were able to adjust,” Ayo explained.

Cansino tallied a triple-double of 20 points on a 5-of-8 field goal, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists despite a sprained ankle, an impressive record for a rookie.

“Masaya syempre dahil nakuha ko yung triple-double. Pero sinunod ko lang yung sistema eh. Yung sistema na sharing the ball at lahat kailangan gumana, so thankful ako sa sistema,” Cansino quipped.

In addition, Zach Huang chipped in 14 points all during the second half to go along with seven rebounds and two assists, while Lee registered a career high of 30 points.

On the UE side, Alvin Pasaol and Philip Manalang had 26 and 15 markers, respectively.

The Tigers rose to a 5-5 record to further bury UE at the bottom with 1-10.

UST will look to gain their next win against De La Salle University on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

Quarter Scores:

17-19, 39-33, 59-49, 79-68

Box Scores:

UST 79 — Lee 30, Cansino 20, Huang 14, Bataller 4, Bonleon 4, Agustin 2, Caunan 2, Mahinay 2, Zamora 1, Marcos 0.

UE 68 — Pasaol 26, Manalang 15, Conner 12, Bartolome 6, Varilla 4, Strait 3, Lacap 2, Beltran 0, Cullar 0, Gallardo 0, Guion 0.

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NU halts Tigers’ winning streak

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The UST Growling Tigers fell short against the National University Bulldogs, 61-69, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan Sunday.

“As I’ve told you before, di naman kami concerned sa spot eh. We just want to compete. We take it one game at a time,” UST head coach Aldin Ayo said.

Renzo Subido had 18 points for UST, and Marvin Lee had 12 in the losing cause.

The Tigers had an early advantage over the Bulldogs, but lost it by the crucial final period.

“Defense. Pinaghandaan naman namin yan during the pre-season. Pinaghandaan naman namin yan the whole week. If you can’t play good defense down the stretch, you can’t have a good impression,” Ayo explained.

Rookie Cj Cansino did not have a good scoring game but contributed well in terms of rebound, garnering 18 boards, in the absence of UST’s big man Steve Akomo.

Bulldogs’ Dave Ildefonso made an impact scoring 16 points, while Troy Rike and John Clemente chipped in 13 and 12 markers, respectively.

UST’s next game will be on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28, against the University of the East Red Warriors, at the same venue.

“Humihingi ako ng suporta sa buong community, especially against UE. So we’re inviting all Thomasians, students, alumni,” Ayo quipped. “Rest assured, we’re going to do our best. Ibibigay namin lahat, para ma-deserve lang namin yung panalo.”

Quarter Scores:

11-15, 32-33, 42-53, 61-69

Box Scores:

UST 61- Subido 18, Lee 12, Huang 11, Cansino 8, Mahinay 8, Caunan 4, Zamora 0, Batalier 0, Marcos 0, Agustin 0, Consejo 0.

NU 68- D. Ildefonso 16, Rike 13, Clemente 12, Gaye 10, Diputado 7, S. Ildefonso 4, Yu 3, Sinclair 2, Joson 2, Aquino 0, Galinato 0, Gallego 0, Tibayan 0.

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Tigers extend win streak to three

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The UST Growling Tigers escaped the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 78-70, to stretch their win streak to three in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena Sunday.

Zachary Huang led UST with 20 points and six rebounds, while Marvin Lee and Renzo Subido contributed 17 and 14 markers, respectively.

Lee sank back-to-back treys following an LJ Gonzales layup to take the lead in the final quarter, 55-51, after ending the prior frame tied with FEU at 49.

“We executed our game plan. Lumabas yung laro ng mga bata. Pinaghandaan naman namin ‘to… pero long way to go. We are not going to be contented by these wins,” said UST head coach Aldin Ayo.

Huang’s jump shot sparked a 12-2 run to stretch their lead to ten, 67-57, before Arvin Tolentino drained a three to cut UST’s rally.

“We are going to continue working hard, and we are going to compete,” Ayo continued.

Richard Escoto and Arvin Tolentino were the only players who scored in double digits for FEU with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Quarter Scores:
23-19, 37-33, 49-49, 78-70

Box Scores:
UST 78 — Huang 20, Lee 17, Subido 14, Mahinay 10, Cansino 5, Bataller 4, Caunan 2, Marcos 2, Bonleon 2, Consejo 2, Zamora 0, Agustin 0.

FEU 70 — Escoto 12, Tolentino 11, Orizu 8, Stockton 8, Gonzales 7, Cani 6, Ebona 6, Comboy 5, Parker 3, Iñigo 2, Bayquin 2, Tuffin 0.

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