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UAAP 75 Tiger update



     FIVE golds and two silvers were not enough to lead UST in the over-all championship race of the diamond season of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). Will the Tigers’ dynasty come to an end?

     After the first semester of actions in UAAP season 75, the consecutive 14-year defending champion, University of Santo Tomas, amassed a total of 144 points, enough for a second place in the over-all standing. UST is trailing by eight points under the perennial rival De La Salle University, who garnered 152 points.

     Despite falling short in the number one spot in the over-all championship race, the UST Lady Spikers, Tiger Judokas, Lady Judokas, Tiger Jins, and Tiger Paddlers came up successful in defending their thrones against the other contending schools. The Growling Tigers and Lady Jins finished off with both silver medals which led the first batch of Thomasian athletes in their quest for the 40th over-all title trophy.

Keeping the title
      Maruja Banaticla and Judy Caballejo dominated the beach volleyball tournament as they swept the elimination round to clinch a rare thrice-to-beat advantage and beat the Paulina Soriano-Sheila Pineda duo in the finals via 2-0 en route to the pair’s second straight crown. Caballejo also bagged the Most Valuable Player plum.

     While, Golden Judokas continued to build dynasty in the UAAP judo tournament after both captured the golden title for three and two consecutive years, respectively.

     Tiger Judokas registered 51 points for their 3-3-3 gold-silver-bronze production to outscore the University of the Philippines. MVP Al Rolan Llamas and Jon Rodriguez spearheaded the men’s squad by ruling the -60 and -66 kgs. categories.

     Lady Judokas tallied for 53 total markers after walking away with 2-2-3 medals to defeat the UP Lady Squad who scored 38 points. Season 75 MVP Jewel de Castro and Dianne Villabos led the group by securing the golds in the +70 and -78 kilogram categories, respectively.

     Tiger Jins also flaunted their sharp kicks to take home the UAAP taekwondo championship for the second straight season beating the State U delegates. Season’s crowned MVP Christian Al Dela Cruz and last year’s MVP Dane Pido de Roda headed the squad in their 11th total title.

     At the same time, the UST Tiger Paddlers emerged victorious in bagging their third consecutive crown after easily disposing the DLSU Green Paddlers with a 2-0 win. Graduating Thomasian Martin Diaz and fellow paddler Alberto Bazar were deemed the season MVP and Rookie of the Year, respectively.

Short in no.1 spot
     The Growling Tigers, led by Coach Pido Jarencio, finished off in second place after suffering a two-game losing streak in the finals against the defending champions, the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

     Nobody expected that the Growling Tigers would make its appearance in the finals after 6 long years, but because of the hard-work, determination, and desire of the players, the unexpected became a reality. Although they fell short for the gold, being in the finals was already a great achievement for the team.

     From fourth to second, the UST Lady Jins clinched the silver medal with a record of 5-1. With only one game behind, UST Lady Jins fell short for the title. Snatching the gold was the DLSU Lady Jins, who waited 14 years to reclaim its crown with an undefeated record of 6-0.

Not our season
     The once deemed, five-peat champs with a total of 8 titles, the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe remained in the 4th spot for the second consecutive year, losing the spotlight to the University of the Philippines Pep squad. UP equaled UST with their eighth cheerdance crown.

     There were also several other events that missed landing in the platform, and ended up settling in fourth, these were the Tiger Sharks and the Tiger Shuttlers.

Junior League
     The UST Juniors team ended the first semester of UAAP action with a good note, taking home five medals: 1 gold, 2 silvers, and 2 bronzes which gave them the top spot in the over-all race in the Juniors Division. They garnered a total of 67 points by the end of the first semester, shadowing with only six points behind is the University of the East with a total of 61 points.

     The UST Juniors eye on the gold as they try to snatch the trophy for the seventh consecutive year. With only seven sports events left, winning is their only mindset.

     Alas, the second semester has begun, the games are about to begin, and once again only the best will remain standing. Will UST rise to the occasion and grab the trophy, or will the Tigers’ dynasty fall?

By Josiah Darren G. Saynes and Karl Cedrick G. Basco



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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