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Tigers shoot down Eagles for first PCCL title

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     RUNNERS-UP no more.

     The University of Santo Tomas was crowned the best national collegiate basketball team as it defeated UAAP rival Ateneo, 81-76, to win the Philippine Collegiate Champion’s League (PCCL) title at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City yesterday.

     “This is a prestigious league, we are the number one team out of 200 schools. This is even better than the UAAP for me. Maraming salamat sa suporta, para sa inyong lahat ito,” said UST coach Pido Jarencio.

     Jarencio is still pondering on whether to return next year as UST’s head coach. “Let’s see, I’m still undecided. ‘Di pa natin masasabi.

     Most Valuable Player Jeric Teng led the Growling Tigers with 22 points and six rebounds, firing three of his five 3-pointers in the final quarter to help offset Ateneo’s late-game surge. The Blue Eagles were paced by Kiefer Ravena and Ryan Buenafe with 20 points apiece.

     “Sinuwerte na rin siguro ako sa mga tira ko kanina. Sabi ko sa teammates ko, nasa dulo na rin tayo, tapusin na natin,” said the veteran guard.

     The Tigers shot horribly from the free throw line, making only eight out of 20 free throws while Ateneo made 21 out of 28. They were able to dominate the glass though, outrebounding Ateneo, 47-32.

     The Tigers built its biggest lead at 79-67 in the fourth quarter after Teng nailed his fifth 3-pointer. Ateneo then went on a 9-0 run, including seven points from Buenafe, to cut the deficit to three with 30.5 seconds left.

     Sophomore forward Kevin Ferrer made a key putback off a Karim Abdul miss to push UST’s lead back to five with 10.5 seconds remaining to seal the deal for the Tigers. Ferrer finished with 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

     Team captain Jeric Fortuna put on a courageous performance in his last game as a Growling Tiger to contribute 11 points while nursing a left ankle sprain.

     “I didn’t think of it as revenge, I really just wanted to win. I’m very happy and contented right now. I will leave UST with a championship,” said a smiling Fortuna, who was named a member of the mythical team along with Teng and Abdul.

     In a display of sportsmanship, Abdul and Ateneo center Greg Slaughter exchanged jerseys at the end of the game to show respect for each other’s performance.

Tigers’ scores: Teng 22, Ferrer 21, Fortuna 11, Abdul 8, Bautista 7, Daquioag 6, Afuang 4, Mariano 2, Hainga 0, Pe 0, Lo 0
Eagles’ scores: Ravena 20, Buenafe 20, Slaughter 11, Salva 9, Elorde 7, Tiongson 5, Sumalinog 3, Chua 1, Golla 0, Gonzaga 0
Quarter scores: 19-19, 45-39, 60-57, 81-76

By Nicolo Paolo A. Pascual
Photo taken by Matthew David P. Dulay

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Tigresses maul Lady Bulldogs

The UST Golden Tigresses made quick work of the NU Lady Bulldogs in the second round of the UAAP 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday.

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The UST Golden Tigresses made quick work of the National University Lady Bulldogs, 27-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-16 in the second round of the UAAP 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan Saturday.

Both teams opened the game with good starts and failed to get the upper hand at each other up until the final moments of the first set before the Tigresses closed it out at 27-25.

The second and third sets were like opposites in terms of energy for both teams. UST slugged it out and nipped NU on the second set with roaring offense and floor defense, finishing the set 25-17.  The third set saw UST relax and lose their ground as NU takes the set 20-25

The fourth and final set saw UST’s momentum return and once again claim 10 points. The Tigresses leaned on their one-two punch of Rondina and Laure as they ice the game 25-16.

After the game, Coach Kung Fu Reyes stated that despite the third set collapse, it was important that his team got the win and at this point they will just be polishing their overall game.

“At the end of the game kami naman yung nanalo so kailangan lang namin ulit i polish yung mga dapat namin na i correct pa. Yun ang kailangan ulit gawin pag balik namin sa ensayo namin.”

Sisi Rondina poured in a game high 21 points to go along with Player of the Game honors, while Eya Laure chipped in her own 13 points.

For the Lady Bulldogs, Ivy Lacsina led the team with 19 markers of her own and rookie Princess Robles had 14 points.

With the win, UST now improves to 10-4 and has a shot for at least a playoff for the number 2 spot if La Salle loses to FEU in their final eliminations encounter on Sunday.

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Golden Tigresses tamed by Lady Spikers

The UST Golden Tigresses succumbed to the De La Salle University Lady Spikers in the second round of the UAAP 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament.

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The UST Golden Tigresses succumbed to the De La Salle University Lady Spikers, 25-21,23-25,19-25, 24-26 in the second round of the UAAP 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay Sunday.

UST began the game with a good opening salvo, capped off with double aces from super rookie Eya Laure. The Tigresses were able to lead early on with Kecelyn Galdones closing the set with a block.

The Tigresses fell early on the second set 18-11, before pouncing their way to inch closer but to no avail as the Lady Spikers claim the second set.

UST went to have a good start in the third set leading 11-9, before tapering off with La Salle’s attack efficiency and several errors from the Tigresses paving the way for the Lady Spikers to take the set.

The fourth set was a back and forth affair with the two teams not giving an inch until the final deuce at 24-all. The Lady Spikers’ defense proved to be too much as they take the game at the last moments of the set.

Rookie sensation Eya Laure chipped in 20 points for UST, while Sisi Rondina poured in 19.

For the Lady Spikers, captain Des Cheng had a career high 20 points.

With the loss, UST falls to 6-4 in solo fourth place, while LaSalle solidifies its hold on the second spot at 7-3.

The Tigresses will look to bounce back against the UE Lady Warriors on April 6 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.

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Ateneo Lady Eagles upset the UST Golden Tigresses

The UST Golden Tigresses was stunned by the first-seeded Ateneo Lady Eagles in 5 sets, Wednesday Afternoon to open the 2nd round of UAAP Volleyball.

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The UST Golden Tigresses was stunned by the first-seeded Ateneo Lady Eagles in 5 sets, 25-19, 25-22, 25-27, 22-25, 11-15, Wednesday Afternoon to open the 2nd round of UAAP Volleyball.

The Tigresses won the first two sets but could not sustain their good start for the rest of the match.

UST had a good run in the middle of the third and fourth set but the Lady Eagles’ defense helped them to win the sets.

The graduating Sisi Rondina tops the scoring for the Golden Tigresses having 35 points, followed by the rookie Eya Laure who tallied 21 points.

“Wala naman kasing nananalo ng 2 sets. Pero all in all, maganda kasi naka kuha pa din kami ng 2 sets. Ito yung talo na hindi bumagsak balikat namin. Talo kami kung wala kaming natutunan”, UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes stated.

Maddie Madayag’s combination of offense and defense lead the  Ateneo Lady Eagles with a total of 23 points banking on 11 blocks.

UST dropped to 5-3 record after this loss.

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