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Salinggawi Dance Troupe makes podium comeback

The UST Salinggawi Dance grabbed the silver medal behind champions Adamson University Pep Squad in this year’s UAAP Cheerdance Competition.

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The UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe makes a podium finish in this year’s UAAP Cheerdance Competition, grabbing the silver medal behind champions Adamson University Pep Squad, Saturday, Dec. 2. Photo by Kennelf Monteza/TomasinoWeb.

The UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe made it back to the podium in the UAAP Season 80 Cheerdance Competition Saturday, Dec. 2.

UST placed first runner-up behind the Adamson University Pep Squad, who won their first-ever championship.

“Sobrang crazy, the feeling is crazy, sobrang overwhelming, sobrang unexpected. We’re so thankful whether we landed first place or not. We’re already that thankful,” UST head coach Mark Chaiwalla said.

Salinggawi, with their “Crouching Tigers”-themed routine, scored 638.5 points, 25 points short from first-placers Adamson University.

With their 80s-inspired performance, Adamson pulled away from the pack with 663.5 points out of the maximum 800.

The University of the East Pep Squad landed third with 634.5 points.

With an eight-point deduction, Salinggawi landed second in tumbling (83.5 points,) first in dance (340.5,) seventh in stunts (65,) fourth in tosses (74.5) and fourth in pyramids (83).

UST finally returned to the podium after finishing fourth last season.

“Lumabas kami sa comfort zone namin. Talagang sumugal kami,” Salinggawi President and Captain Benjo Gutierrez said.

In the group stunts competition, UST ranked fourth behind University of the Philippines (UP), Adamson and champion Far Eastern University.

UP Pep Squad, who made a comeback after their protest last season, failed to reach the podium and landed in sixth place.

“Maraming salamat. Kulang yung pasasalamat. Alam ko pinagdasal nila kami. Alam ko nagtiwala sila sa amin, and eto kami ngayon, first runner-up. We’re back!” Gutierrez ended.

by Gillian Patricia Geronimo and Justin Emmanuel Magat

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Tiger Cubs settle for third, falter vs NU

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The University of Santo Tomas Tiger Cubs took home the bronze medal after running out of fuel against the Nazareth School of National University Bullpups, 72-91, in the stepladder semifinals round of UAAP Season 80 junior’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena Tuesday.

Jules Anunciacion and Rayjhun Baquial buried back-to-back baskets in the final period for UST to cut the lead by 11, 58-69, but NU sparked a 19-8 run giving them their biggest lead by 22 points, 88-66.

UST were able to score six points in the crucial period, but NU scored three more points to finally close out the game, 72-91.

“Sobrang pagod na rin ng mga bata, kasi halos wala na rin kaming pahinga after noong FEU game namin noong eliminations,” Tiger Cubs head coach Chris Cantonjos explained. “Kung nabigyan lang din sana kami ng at least one-day off, I think na-sustain namin (yung NU).”

Despite the team’s failure to force the series into a do-or-die duel, Cantonjos praised his players for exceeding his expectation for the team.

“Thankful ako sa mga players kasi sabi ko noong una walang naniniwala na makakaakyat kami dito (sa Final 4),” he said.

Baquial and Villapando led UST with 16 points apiece while John Cansino finished with 10 points and 16 rebounds. NU’s Terrence Fortea and Miguel Ocsea tallied 17 and 16 points, respectively.

Box Scores:

UST (72) – Baquial 16, Villapando 16, Lina 10, Cansino 10, Narvasa 10, Anunciacion 6, Palencia 2, Dolendo 2, Manabat 0, Relucio 0, Estrella 0, Dela Cruz 0, Benzonan 0.

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NU (91) – Fortea 17, Oczon 16, Javillionar 13, Amsali 12, Manalang 11, Coyoca, 8, Gonzales, Pangilinan 4, Minerva 2, Malonzo 2, Vinoya 2, Dayrit 0, Felisilda 0.

Quarter scores: 17-21, 31-45, 51-67, 72-91.

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Golden Tigresses foil Adamson Lady Falcons

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The University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses crushed the Adamson Lady Falcons in three sets, 25-9, 31-29, 25-19 in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan Sunday.

UST made quick work with a three-setter win versus Adamson, starting strong with a 25-9 first set win over the Lady Falcons.

Adamson adjusted in the second set leading by three points, 24-21, but UST responded with three straight points to tie the set at 24 apiece.

The teams went back and forth combining for six set points with the last deadlock at 29-all before UST clawed two straight points to claim the set, 31-29.

UST proved to be too much for the Lady Falcons and sealed the game after winning the final set, 25-19.

“Eto talaga yung mukha ni UST. Ang ganda ng response ng mga players,” UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes Jr. stated.

Sisi Rondina lead the way for the Tigresses with 22 points while Dimdim Pacres added 13 points.

“Team effort pa din and wag nating payagan na ganun ‘yung pinagsasabi ng iba sa UST,” Tigresses ace player Sisi Rondina said.

UST’s next game will be against the undefeated NU Lady Bulldogs on Sunday, Feb. 25, at the same venue.

by Justin Emmanuel V. Magat

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Golden Spikers stun Falcons

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The University of Santo Tomas Golden Spikers escaped the Adamson University Soaring Falcons, 25-20, 25-21, 14-25, 25-22, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s volleyball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan City Sunday.

Down 15-21 in the fourth set, Adamson sparked a 7-2 surge to cut UST’s lead within one, 22-23. However, Joshua Umandal’s cross court kill and Tim Tajanlangit’s drop ball saved the day for UST, 25-22.

“Maayos ang blocking namin pero yung execution nung attack play namin naiba yung focus, so we have to work on that pa,” UST head coach Arthur “Odjie” Mamon said. “Actually, frustrated na (si Umandal) which I understand kasi nag-sarili na si Timmy (Tajanlangit), setter namin, na going against the game plan namin.”

In the third set, Adamson took advantage of Umandal’s absense, easily snatching the set, 25-14. Umandal went down early in the set after colliding with Adamson’s JP Yude.

Arnold Bautista led the Tigers with game-high 16 points while Umandal added 12 markers. Leo Miranda paced Adamson with 12 points.

UST will take on the runner-up National University Bulldogs on Sunday, Feb. 25, at the same venue.

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