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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.

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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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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UST notches back-to-back win after defeating UP

After overpowering the UE Red Warriors in their last game, the UST Growling Tigers upset the UP Fighting Maroons, 86-72, in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena Wednesday.

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After overpowering the University of the East Red Warriors in their last game, the UST Growling Tigers upset the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 86-72, in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena Wednesday.

This is their third win that ties them with UP at fifth place with a 3-4 card to end the first round match-up.

Cj Cansino led UST with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists, while Renzo Subido and John Kenneth Zamora added 13 and 12 markers apiece.

Bright Akhueti had 18 points and 11 rebounds, a double-double performance that fell short from sealing the victory for UP.

UST will try to keep their winning momentum as they face the Far Eastern University for the second round of eliminations on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the same venue.

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