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     UST Growling Tigers made another impressive win, 77-71 against host school’s Bulldogs, Saturday morning at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

     Trailing with a double-digit deficit in the first three quarters, the Tigers managed to pull off an exhilarating comeback during the fourth. The España-based squad’s Jeric Teng led the team with as much as 14 points, with his back-to-back triples along with Fortuna and completely shifted the game’s momentum to the Tigers.

     The solid defense of NU made an 8-3 run against UST, with Bobby Ray Parks nailing a triple with 1 second in the game clock. The first quarter ended with a six point lead, 21-15 in favor of NU.

     Combined shots from NU’s Parks, Joshua Alolino, and Jeth Rosario widened the gap further to 14 points in 3 minutes of action. However, Tigers retaliate with back-to-back Teng baskets by penetrating the NU defense and with a triple cutting the lead into just 36-41 by the end of the first half.

     UST continued playing aggressively during the third, yet the Tigers were having foul troubles with Karim Abdul and Teng having 3 each. Fortuna managed to keep his team up with the fast pacing plays of NU, scoring easy jumpers from Mariano and Abdul. The Tigers closed the gap into 53-55, with an 8-0 run. Bulldogs’ Lee Villamor fired up a triple and gave an easy drive for Alolino, allowing them to enlarge the lead into 7.

     NU’s Jeoffrey Javillonar started the fourth quarter with a quick triple, but was easily erased by back-to-back baskets of Mariano, Carmelo Afuang, and Abdul. Alolino released a trey which regained NU’s seven point lead, with 5:49 minutes left in the game.

     Jeric Teng, being silent for the past quarter, nails two triples and one from baseline. A triple from Kevin Ferrer was quickly responed by Parks with a trey. His shot was NU’s last field goal of the game, it was all UST onwards.

     The Tigers played lockdown defense during the final minutes of the game, allowing UST to gain a 7-0 run on the final tally of scores.

Tigers’ scores: Teng 21, Abdul 11, Mariano 10, Fortuna 10, Ferrer 8, Bautista 7, Afuang 6, Lo 4
Bulldogs’ scores: Parks 25, Mbe 13, Alolino 13, Javillonar 11, Villamor 5, Rosario 3, Ignacio 1
Quarter Scores: 15-21, 36-41, 53-60, 77-71

By Josiah Darren Saynes
Photo courtesy of Juan Benjamin Janeo Photography

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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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