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     THE University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers moved an inch closer to a final four slot in the 2012 Philippine Collegiate Champions League as they trounced the NCAA Season 88 runner-up Colegio San Juan de Letran Knights, 78-73, at San Juan Arena last Sunday, November 18.

     Jeric Teng led the team in offense as he scattered game-high 19 points including 15 in the second half while Kevin Ferrer and Karim Abdul buried 29 combined productions to enter the PCCL Elite 8.

     Tigers, who only had a week to prepare for the game, maximized the absence of Knights’ ace, Kevin Alas, and flaunted a strong defense with 10 steals plus 20 dimes to stay their hopes alive for a semi-finals ticket.

     UAAP season 75 finalist built a 14-point margin with 5:35 in the pay-off period after an 11-4 run highlighted by a three-point basket of Teng and a back to back drive by Ferrer, 71-57.

     Letran tried to bounce back as they answered 12-0 run courtesy of two behind-the-arc baskets and cut the deficit into two with 2:07 remaining in the game, 69-71.

     Carmelo Afuang and Abdul drained a couple of jump-shots to put the UST on top by five, 75-70, followed by a rejection of Ferrer to Jam Cortez of Knights converted to a two charities of Teng that sealed the game.

     The Pido Jarencio mentored-squad started the first quarter fiery as they unleashed an 8-2 run from Ferrer’s put back jumpers but the Muralla based-squad came back with Raymon Almazan’s undergoal stabs to end the canto only down by one, 17-16.

     The Tigers pulled away early in the second frame as bench player Eduardo Daquioag connected a perimeter shot and Jeric Teng completed a three-point play to establish a nine-point lead with 6:20 in left in the first half, 27-18.

     In the last three minutes of the quarter, Ferrer stole the leather from Letran and passed it to Abdul, leading to a rare one-handed dunk by the latter that made the audience up on their feet.

     Kevin Racal banked 16 points to spearhead the Knights, while Cortez and Almazan shared a combined 27 output to the team who also used their new coach Tino Pinat. He replaced Louie Alas.

Tigers’ Scores: Teng 19, Ferrer 15, Abdul 14, Daquioag 9, Mariano 7, Lo 6, Afuang 4, Vigil 2, Fortuna 2, Hainga 0, Pe 0, Garrido 0, Tan 0, Bautista 0
Knights’ scores: Racal 16, Cortes 15, Almazan 12, Lithuania 11, Cruz 6, Pantin 6, J. Alas 5, Gabawan 2, Gabriel 0, Luib 0
Quarter scores: 17-16, 38-34, 56-51, 78-73

By Karl Cedrick G. Basco
Photo taken by Matthew David P. Dulay



Abando-less UST bows out of PCCL contention

The UST Growling Tigers were eliminated by the San Beda Red Lions, 68-77, in a matchup between the UAAP and NCAA runner ups in the final day of eliminations in the 2020 PCCL UAAP-NCAA Challenge.



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The UST Growling Tigers were eliminated by the San Beda Red Lions, 68-77, in a matchup between the UAAP and NCAA runner ups in the final day of eliminations in the 2020 PCCL UAAP-NCAA Challenge held at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020.

James Kwekuteye led the Legarda-based squad with 14 points and seven assists with the help of Peter Alfaro finishing with 13 markers and two clutch offensive rebounds, while UST’s team captain CJ Cansino held his own with 21 points and nine boards.

It was slow start for both teams until San Beda drew first blood while the Tigers still in the cold missing Rhenz Abando’s presence because of sore eyes.

Free-throws helped UST keep themselves in the game despite their dismal 3/20 shooting while San Beda fared better at 7/19 ending the first half doubling their lead of six from the first quarter, 39-27.

UST entered the second half strong, with their three-pointers starting to go in, but a relentless Red Lion squad and a slump to end the third quarter had them with a 46-62 deficit heading into the fourth.

Momentum shifted to the España side as the final canto arrived with consecutive turnovers from San Beda and huge buckets from Brent Paraiso and CJ Cansino cut the deficit down to single-digits.

However, UST struggled to knock their free throws down as San Beda regained their composure to ultimately pull away with the win.

Brent Paraiso chipped in 12 points while reigning UAAP MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo faced another another scoring slump finishing with only six points and nine rebounds. Mark Nonoy was also unsuccessful in finding his range with nine markers and seven boards.

San Beda’s Ralph Penuela finished with 11 points and five dimes and big man Kenmark Cariño with 10 points, seven boards, and two blocks.

Reigning NCAA MVP Calvin Oftana finished with a dismal outing, scoring only six points.

San Beda will now advance to the Final Four of the tournament happening next weekend, Feb. 22-23 at the Davao City Recreational Center. Richie Paul Brillo 


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Emotions stop UST from getting back against Ateneo

UST will face the NCAA runner-ups San Beda Red Lions next on the final day of eliminations.



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The UST Growling Tigers was handed its first loss by the defending UAAP champions the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 71-82, in the 2020 Philippine Collegiate Champions League’s UAAP-NCAA Challenge at the FilOil Flying V Centere in San Juan on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020.

Lots of drama happened from the start up to the end as the rivals of the UAAP from España and Katipunan squared up once again, with SJ Belangel proving to be the new “King Eagle” after scoring 26 points while for the Tigers, Renz Abando and Deo Cuajao finished with 14 points each. 

Belangel stepped up to give Ateneo the early lead with the help of the team’s chippy defense that led to UST’s sloppy 7 turnovers to start the game.

Along with Belangel’s efforts and Ateneo’s defense, high-level rebounding and sloppy fouls from the Tigers led to an early 15-29 deficit for UST.

Deo Cuajao and Rhenz Abando combined for an 8-0 run in the second quarter that helped UST back into the game, along with better rebounding overall, however turnovers and Ateneo maintaining their composure culminated in the Tigers trailing 38-48 after the first 20 minutes.

In the third quarter, UST started off strong before SJ Belangel proceeded to erupt for three consecutive triples to extinguish UST’s momentum.

Ultimately the Tigers ended the third quarter on a high note with momentum on their side, especially after fouls on Pat Maagdenberg and head coach Tab Baldwin. 

Heading into the fourth quarter with a score of 65-66, UST was outscored by the defending  UAAP champs 16-6, with Ateneo functioning well on both sides of the floor, courteousy of SJ Belangel’s orchestration and Ange Kouame’s inside presence. 

UST team captain CJ Cansino chipped in 10 markers and former NSNU Bullpup Paul Manalang contributed 6 dimes, while reigning UAAP MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo only scored five points along with six rebounds. 

Ateneo’s Kouame however finished with double-double of 15 points and 13 boards helped by the new Fil-Am recruit Dwight Ramos with eight markers and three assists. 

UST will face the NCAA runner-ups San Beda Red Lions next on the final day of eliminations on Saturday (Feb. 15) at the same venue. R. P. Brillo


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UST goes back to undefeated ways in juniors’ beach volleyball tourney

The UAAP season 82 juniors’ beach volleyball tournament is set to conclude next Saturday, Feb. 15, at the same venue.



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The UST Junior Tiger Spikers and Junior Tigresses managed to sweep their way through once again in day four of the UAAP season 82 juniors’ beach volleyball tournament at the SM Sands by the Bay in Pasay on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020.

Alex Iraya and Jay Dela Noche won their lone match of the day with a 21-14, 21-14 sweep over the UE Junior Red Warriors, bringing their record to a clean 6-0 four days into the tournament.

For the Junior Tigresses, Vanessa Bangayan and Julianna Carreon bounced back from last Saturday’s loss to the UE Junior Red Warriors with back-to-back sweeps against the FEU Baby Tamaraws and the Adamson Baby Falcons, with final scores of 21-17, 21-17 and 21-18, 21-10, respectively.

The UAAP season 82 juniors’ beach volleyball tournament is set to conclude next Saturday, Feb. 15, at the same venue.


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