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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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No regrets for Renzo Subido this season as he wraps up UAAP career

Even if he may have ended his career short of a championship, the outgoing guard still cherishes how he was given an opportunity to finish his time playing under the bright lights of a finals game.

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With a final score of 79-86, the UST Growling Tigers’ magical Season 82 run has come to an end at the hands of the 3-peat seeking Ateneo Blue Eagles as the UAAP season 82 men’s basketball tournament came to a close on Wednesday. 

And with that also came Renzo Subido’s career for the black and gold. 

Even if he may have ended his career short of a championship, the outgoing guard still cherishes how he was given an opportunity to finish his time playing  under the bright lights of a finals game.

“I’m just really blessed to be able to play in the finals again. Marami akong natutunan and it made me a better player, a better person.” Subido stated in an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb.

“Wala, wala akong masabi eh, I’m just really blessed to be able to play in front of the UST community in the finals,” he added. 

And after capping off a roller-coaster of a season which saw the Tigers emerge into a dark horse Final Four contender Subido simply cherishes his time with the team as they clawed their way through to the big game. 

“This season wasn’t smooth naman eh. Every win we really had to prepare really hard for that. It wasn’t given to us in a silver platter so pinaghirapan namin yan and I’m just really blessed to be able to work everyday with my teammates,” he explained in an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb.

Subido first came to UST back in 2014 as a blue-chip recruit from the De LaSalle Zobel Junior Archers and was tasked to fill the point guard void for the Tigers back then. 

Despite having a relatively low-profile career overall, Subido made headlines this season when he knocked down a huge triple against the UP Fighting Maroons that propelled UST back to the Finals after a four year drought. 

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Gritty Tigers swept by dynastic Ateneo despite putting up valiant effort

Even as they were able to go hold their own against the defending champs, the UST Growling Tigers were swept by the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 79-86, in Game 2 of the best-of-three UAAP season 82 men’s basketball finals at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay Wednesday, Nov. 20.

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Even as they were able to go hold their own against the defending champs, the UST Growling Tigers were swept by the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 79-86, in Game 2 of the best-of-three UAAP season 82 men’s basketball finals at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay Wednesday, Nov. 20. 

Just like the opening game, Ateneo got off to a fiery start and outscored the Tigers 31-18 within the first ten minutes of the contest. 

The second quarter saw a low scoring affair with UST jumping out to an 8-2 run that cut down the Blue Eagles’ once 13-point lead to seven. 

Even with the strong showing from the Tigers which included outscoring the defending champs 14-11 in the canto, Ateneo still managed to bring a 10 point lead into halftime, mainly due to the efforts of Pat Maagdenberg and the graduating Thirdy Ravena. 

Both teams came alive in the third quarter, with UST posting 30 points and Ateneo with 25, which saw UST and Ateneo going mano y mano on the offensive end. 

UST was able to get as close as one point to open the fourth quarter corteousy of team captain CJ Cansino before a quick 5-0 spurt from Thirdy Ravena and SJ Belangel re-extended the lead to four. 

After a slow scoring affair throughout the duration of the quarter, the Tigers were once again able to get as close as four points with over a minute to play after a Sherwin Concepcion triple brought the game to 71-75. 

However, as UST was inching close to a comeback, Thirdy Ravena and Ange Kouame combined forces to quickly unleash a huge 8-0 blast that iced the game and secured the championship for them. 

Thirdy Ravena once again led Ateneo with 17 points and seven rebounds in his swan song. SJ Belangel on the other hand chipped in 15 points built on five triples. 

Outgoing team captain Matt Nieto had an efficient final game as well with 14 points on a 60% shooting clip, complemented by six rebounds and five assists. 

For the Tigers, Rhenz Abando had a 16-point effort, with nine of them coming in the Tigers’ high scoring third quarter. Rookie of the Year Mark Nonoy poured in 14 points to complement Abando’s performance, while MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo had a double-double of 11 points and 19 boards.

With the win, Ateneo now caps off their dream season by becoming the first team in UAAP men’s basketball to complete a 16-0 sweep.

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Salinggawi Dance Troupe falls short from CDC podium for second straight year

UST’s Salinggawi Dance Troupe once again came up short of a podium finish in the UAAP Season 82 Cheerdance Competition held at the Mall of Asia Arena Sunday, Nov. 17. 

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UST’s Salinggawi Dance Troupe once again came up short of a podium finish in the UAAP Season 82 Cheerdance Competition held at the Mall of Asia Arena Sunday, Nov. 17. 

Salinggawi’s forest-themed performance placed fourth, with a huge 8.5 differential from the second runner-up, the Adamson Pep Squad.

Salinggawi placed fifth for tumbling, stunts, and tosses and fourth for the pyramid, and third for the dance after having a 13-point deduction. 

NU once again repeats as Cheerdance champions after having 722 points out of 800 points. 

FEU on the other hand placed 1st runner-up with the score of 706 points.

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