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NU Bulldogs survive pesky Growling Tigers

THE fourth quarter dominance of the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers was not enough to foil the National University Bulldogs

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THE fourth quarter dominance of the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers was not enough to foil the National University Bulldogs, 68-75, in the UAAP Season 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament, Sunday, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

UST went in a scoring barrage in the payoff period, outscoring the resilient Bulldogs, 19-6.

Veteran Louie Vigil’s fast break layup kept the momentum going for the España-based cagers to spark an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to nine, 60-69.

A controversial foul of Growling Tiger Marvin Lee in the dying moments sent Bulldog Rodolfo Alejandro to the free throw line to score an easy two. UST’s Jon Sheriff retaliated on the opposite end for a quick layup but the time was winding down, 68-75.

Growling Tigers had a commendable defense in the final canto as they forced Bulldogs to commit back-to-back tunovers that silenced their counterparts’ offense. In the 2:39 mark, Matthew Salem stopped the bleeding for NU as he scored their first field goal for the quarter.

The Bulldogs waxed hot all throughout the ballgame and never surrendered the lead, seating comfortably with 25-point advantage, 67-42. UST tried to rally past in the third frame and cut the deficit to 20, capped by Renzo Subido’s fast break, 69-49.

“Yung tira namin hindi namin na sho-shoot. In fact we made 11 misses on those free throws,” said UST head coach Rodil “Boy” Sablan. “Sayang andun yung momentum biglang mawawala [dahil] dun sa mga pagkakamali.”

UST also had a forgettable 0/14 outing beyond the arc compared to NU’s 27.27 percent.

Vigil carried the load for the Growling Tigers as he chipped in 17 points while Sheriff added 16 markers. NU’s Alejandro and Salem combined for 30 points.

Holding a 2-3 win-loss card, Growling Tigers will be put into test as they face defending champions FEU Tamaraws on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

 

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UAAP to cancel, reformat events amid COVID-19

The UST Junior Tigresses and the Adamson Baby Falcons were also proclaimed as co-champions of the inaugural girls’ basketball tournament held earlier this year. 

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With the recent mess brought about by the COVID-19, the UAAP has declared in their recent memorandum that all pending high school events are to be cancelled, while for the college tournaments, a change in the current format. 

“If the government declares it is safe to resume classes on April 15, 2020, and does not prohibit mass gatherings, the UAAP will work toward alternative formats of the competition to begin no earlier than May 1, 2020.” the memorandum stated. 

The memorandum came two days after the declaration of the suspension of classes which is set to last until April 14 and the implementation of strict social distancing measures in the National Capital Region (NCR)

The UST Junior Tigresses and the Adamson Baby Falcons were also proclaimed as co-champions of the inaugural girls’ basketball tournament held earlier this year. 

Prior to the cancellation, the collegiate volleyball tournament had already started while other sports such as baseball, softball, and football were well on there way to open their respective seasons. 

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Laure sisters take charge in UST’s demolition of FEU

The UST Golden Tigresses dismantled the FEU Lady Tamaraws in straight sets, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 to complete a bounce back ordeal in the UAAP season 82 womens’ volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 3. 

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The UST Golden Tigresses dismantled the FEU  Lady Tamaraws in straight sets, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 to complete a bounce back ordeal in the UAAP season 82 womens’ volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 3. 

Led by their prized duo in the Laure sisters, the Tigresses easily cruised to victory as the Lady Tamaraws found no answer to UST’s red hot offense. 

The younger Eya scored a game high 16 points, while the elder EJ had 12 of her own. Veteran Caitlyn Viray and rookie Imee Hernandez had nine and seven markers respectively. 

“Number one adjustment na ginawa namin yung constant communication, especially pag nasa loob, yung nasa labas kasi talagang dire-diretso na kami sa pagbigay ng instructions so mas maganda yung naging receiver namin, yung mga player namin,” UST head coach Emilio Kung Fu Reyes remarked when asked as to what improvements his team made heading into the game. 

Save for the first set, UST found no problems as they swept FEU, especially in the third set that saw the Tigresses go up by as much as 10 points. 

UST also had 45 attack points in total, a stark contrast to FEU’s 27.

Jeanette Villareal and Czarina Carandang had seven points apiece to lead the Lady Tamaraws while Ivana Agudo had six in the losing cause. 

With the win, both teams are now tied with a 1-1 record. 

UST is set to take on the DLSU Lady Spikers next.

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FEU outruns UST in five sets

Four days removed from their opening loss against NU, the UST Tiger Spikers fell anew to the FEU Tamaraws after a five-set thriller in the first round of the UAAP season 82 men’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 8. 

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Four days removed from their opening loss against NU, the UST Tiger Spikers fell anew to the FEU Tamaraws after a five-set thriller, 21-25, 26-24, 25-20, 22-25, 12-15 in the first round of the UAAP season 82 men’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 8. 

After a back and forth affair in the first two sets, UST seemed ready to pull away as they took a 2-1 lead against the Tamaraws before the Morayta- based squad managed to keep their composure and took the next two sets to take the game. 

The fifth set saw the Tiger Spikers struggle against FEU who had momentum on their side after winning the fourth set, and as much as UST was on its way to closing the gap, the Tamaraws ultimately sealed the game courtesy of Jude Garcia. 

Joshua Umandal had 21 points to lead the Tiger Spikers for the second straight game, while Jhun Senoron and Manuel Medina flanked him with 17 and 10 markers respectively.

For FEU, Jude Garcia led the charge with 27 points. Jose Javelona and JP Bugaoan had 13 apiece and Mark Calado chipped in 12 markers of his own.

The game now puts UST at a 0-2 record, while FEU stays unbeaten at 2-0. 

The Tiger Spikers will look to bounce back against DLSU on March 15.

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