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UAAP75onTW: Tigers’ comeback fall short; protest filed



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     THE UST Growling Tigers failed to execute another comeback as the Ateneo Blue Eagles pinned them down with a two-point deficit loss, 66-68, yesterday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

     After trailing for as much as 13 points, the Tigers still came short in the last minute of the game. Just as the Tigers reclaimed the lead after splitting Aljon Mariano’s free throws, Eagle Juami Tiongson swiftly grabbed an offensive board to make a jumper which grabbed the lead once again to 65-64. Nevertheless, the Eagles’ lead was short-lived after draining a jumper from Abdul from beyond his range with 7 seconds left.

     However, Ryan Buenafe of the Blue Eagles drove strong in the basket, getting the foul and the goaltend point swatted by Abdul. This gave them a two point advantage with 5.1 seconds remaining. Given the small amount of time left, the UST crowd gallantly applauded, hoping for another come-from-behind win, but unfortunately, not in this game. Game clock expired as Mariano came short with his three-pointer. Although the Tigers were close to another comeback, it just wasn’t enough to stop the Eagles.

     Finishing strong is the Cameroonian center, Karim Abdul with double-double figures, 22 markers and hauling down 12 rebounds and 2 blocks. He was also backed up by Jeric Teng, who was sizzling hot, scoring 8 of his 12 points in the first quarter and only four points further in the game.

     An upset and frustrated, Jeric Teng apologized to the UST crowd, but despite their game loss, he was thankful for the intensity and effort given by the people. “When I got out of the arena, I was warmly welcomed by the UST community. Wow. Gave me goosebumps. We won’t stop playing hard. Thank you,” Jeric Teng said in his twitter account.

Protest against the loss
     However, UST already filed a protest today concerning two controversial decisions by the referees. One was the uncalled technical foul against the Ateneo head coach Norman Black and the other was the goaltending violation called on Karim Abdul.

     In an interview with ABS-CBN, Coach Pido said, “Hindi tinawagan ng technical si Norman Black, he was crossing the line. Hindi pwede ‘yun, once nag-cross ka, technical dapat.

     After Abdul’s jumper, who snatched the lead, 65-66, Coach Black once again charged the referees. “He should’ve been called for a technical…if the call was made, it would have been a game-changer,” Coach Pido added.

     Another call that UST protested is the goaltending violation on Karim Abdul after swatting an offensive play by Ryan Buenafe. It was true that Buenafe was fouled in his attempt, but Abdul was still called for a goaltending violation even after the whistle.

     “Whatever decisions the UAAP Board will make, either they count the ADMU win or we play against ADMU again, it will be fine for us,” as stated by Coach Pido to ABS-CBN.

     UAAP commissioner Ato Badolato’s decision is expected to be released before the re-play of the game between NU and FEU on Sunday, September 23.

     UST is currently in the third spot with a 9-4 standing, hoping to bounce back with a face off with the University of the East on September 20. It will be their final scheduled game in the elimination round.

Tigers’ Scores: Abdul 22, Teng 12, Mariano 9, Fortuna 8, Ferrer 8, Bautista 7, Vigil 0, Pe 0, Lo 0, Afuang 0
Eagles’ Scores: Ravena 18, Tiongson 13, Buenafe 11, Slaughter 10, Sumalinog 7, Salva 6, Elorde 3, Gonzaga 0, Golla 0, Chua 0
Quarter Scores: 18-16, 33-30, 43-52, 66-68

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



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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