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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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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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Error-filled UST loses Finals bid after succumbing to FEU

The UST Golden Tigresses surrendered to the FEU lady Tamaraws, 25-19, 25-19, 25-22, 25-17, in the best-of-three semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Women’s Division at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan Sunday.

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The UST Golden Tigresses surrendered to the FEU lady Tamaraws, 25-19, 25-19, 25-22, 25-17, in the best-of-three semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Women’s Division at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan Sunday.

Eya Laure paced UST with 15 points coming off 13 attacks and two service aces, while Caitlin Viray chipped in 11 markers in the losing cause.

“Yung pagka bata ng team lumalabas kaya pinalitan namin ng seniors yung mga rookies pero hindi pa rin napunan kung anong pagkukulang. So this game, binigay ko sa seniors kaya makikita natin na mas maraming seniors sa loob,” UST assistant coach Ian Fernandez said.

The Tigresses committed a total of 33 errors to give FEU the edge to win.

“Actually yang 33 errors na yan is more on receive and service errors. So again, lagi kong sinasabi sa nga bata, last two games pa lang ng elimination to minimize na errors. Our target is 25 errors pababa,” he explained.

Jerrili Malabanan lead the Lady Tamaraws with 13 points from 10 attacks, followed by Lycha Ebon and Angela Negrito with 12 points apiece.

The Golden Tigresses will next face the Adamson Lady Falcons for a battle for third place which schedule is yet to be announced.

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