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     THE Growling Tigers advanced and secured a spot in the finals after ousting the NU Bulldogs, closing the game with a 6-point stretch, 63-57, in the MOA Arena yesterday.

     After six long years, the UST Growling Tigers once again found its way in the finals of the men’s senior basketball tournament since 2006.

     Sophomore Kevin Ferrer, with a season-high of 17 markers and 4 rebounds, became the spark UST needed. Defense specialist, he proved that his good defense resulted to better offense, sniping three triples which allowed UST to widen its gap in scores. Not only that, Ferrer’s effective defense held down MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr., limiting him with only 12 points.

     “Kung ano gusto mo, [dapat] pinaghihirapan mo,” Ferrer said.

     Backing Ferrer were Karim Abdul and Aljon Mariano, who scored 15 and 14 points, respectively. Despite the lack of offense of UST, they managed to escape the Bulldogs with their suffocating defense.

     The first half has been a seesaw ball game wherein both teams had back-to-back baskets. Abdul and Ferrer scored for the team in the second quarter. However, it was during the third quarter when UST’s offense started to heat up, with Mariano coming up alive, he hit five of his 14 points only in the third.

     As time expired, the Tigers held on to their 6-point lead in the third until the end of the game. With the last two possessions of the Bulldogs, they could have shortened the deficit. Unfortunately for them, they could not convert and ended with a turnover, Ferrer finishing with a lay-up.

     Even though he just came out from confinement, Ferrer was the man of the hour, for not just being defensively helpful, but also proven deadly in offense.

     Coach Jarencio said that they consider being in the finals as a blessing in disguise. “Pag nanalo, bigyan naman natin ng sigla ang mga sarili natin,” he added.

     The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers will battle out in the finals against the defending champs, the Ateneo Blue Eagles, with a best of three series. Their first game is on October 6, 3:00 PM, at the SM MOA Arena.

Tigers’ Scores: Ferrer 17, Abdul 15, Mariano 14, Fortuna 8, Teng 6, Vigil 3, Pe 0, Lo 0, Bautista 0, Afuang 0
Bulldogs’ Scores: Javillionar 15, Parks 12, Alolino 8, Villamor 6, Betayene 5, Mbe 4, Khobuntin 3, Rono 2, De Guzman 2, Singh 0, Neypes 0, Labing-isa 0
Quarter Scores: 17-18, 38-34, 56-50, 63-57

By Josiah Darren G. Saynes
Photo taken by Jenzine Inah M. Alcantara

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UAAP to cancel, reformat events amid COVID-19

The UST Junior Tigresses and the Adamson Baby Falcons were also proclaimed as co-champions of the inaugural girls’ basketball tournament held earlier this year. 

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With the recent mess brought about by the COVID-19, the UAAP has declared in their recent memorandum that all pending high school events are to be cancelled, while for the college tournaments, a change in the current format. 

“If the government declares it is safe to resume classes on April 15, 2020, and does not prohibit mass gatherings, the UAAP will work toward alternative formats of the competition to begin no earlier than May 1, 2020.” the memorandum stated. 

The memorandum came two days after the declaration of the suspension of classes which is set to last until April 14 and the implementation of strict social distancing measures in the National Capital Region (NCR)

The UST Junior Tigresses and the Adamson Baby Falcons were also proclaimed as co-champions of the inaugural girls’ basketball tournament held earlier this year. 

Prior to the cancellation, the collegiate volleyball tournament had already started while other sports such as baseball, softball, and football were well on there way to open their respective seasons. 

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Laure sisters take charge in UST’s demolition of FEU

The UST Golden Tigresses dismantled the FEU Lady Tamaraws in straight sets, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 to complete a bounce back ordeal in the UAAP season 82 womens’ volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 3. 

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The UST Golden Tigresses dismantled the FEU  Lady Tamaraws in straight sets, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 to complete a bounce back ordeal in the UAAP season 82 womens’ volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 3. 

Led by their prized duo in the Laure sisters, the Tigresses easily cruised to victory as the Lady Tamaraws found no answer to UST’s red hot offense. 

The younger Eya scored a game high 16 points, while the elder EJ had 12 of her own. Veteran Caitlyn Viray and rookie Imee Hernandez had nine and seven markers respectively. 

“Number one adjustment na ginawa namin yung constant communication, especially pag nasa loob, yung nasa labas kasi talagang dire-diretso na kami sa pagbigay ng instructions so mas maganda yung naging receiver namin, yung mga player namin,” UST head coach Emilio Kung Fu Reyes remarked when asked as to what improvements his team made heading into the game. 

Save for the first set, UST found no problems as they swept FEU, especially in the third set that saw the Tigresses go up by as much as 10 points. 

UST also had 45 attack points in total, a stark contrast to FEU’s 27.

Jeanette Villareal and Czarina Carandang had seven points apiece to lead the Lady Tamaraws while Ivana Agudo had six in the losing cause. 

With the win, both teams are now tied with a 1-1 record. 

UST is set to take on the DLSU Lady Spikers next.

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FEU outruns UST in five sets

Four days removed from their opening loss against NU, the UST Tiger Spikers fell anew to the FEU Tamaraws after a five-set thriller in the first round of the UAAP season 82 men’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 8. 

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Four days removed from their opening loss against NU, the UST Tiger Spikers fell anew to the FEU Tamaraws after a five-set thriller, 21-25, 26-24, 25-20, 22-25, 12-15 in the first round of the UAAP season 82 men’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Sunday, March 8. 

After a back and forth affair in the first two sets, UST seemed ready to pull away as they took a 2-1 lead against the Tamaraws before the Morayta- based squad managed to keep their composure and took the next two sets to take the game. 

The fifth set saw the Tiger Spikers struggle against FEU who had momentum on their side after winning the fourth set, and as much as UST was on its way to closing the gap, the Tamaraws ultimately sealed the game courtesy of Jude Garcia. 

Joshua Umandal had 21 points to lead the Tiger Spikers for the second straight game, while Jhun Senoron and Manuel Medina flanked him with 17 and 10 markers respectively.

For FEU, Jude Garcia led the charge with 27 points. Jose Javelona and JP Bugaoan had 13 apiece and Mark Calado chipped in 12 markers of his own.

The game now puts UST at a 0-2 record, while FEU stays unbeaten at 2-0. 

The Tiger Spikers will look to bounce back against DLSU on March 15.

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