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     JUST like UAAP Season 69 in 2006, Tigers again drop the Game One of the Finals in a controversial end.

     The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers fell short to pull another comeback victory as they succumbed to crucial fouls in the last minute of the match en route to a 78-83 heart-breaking loss against the reigning titlist, Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, in Game One of their best-of-three championship series at the jam-packed Mall of Asia Arena yesterday.

     Tigers rallied from a 10-point deficit heading to the pay-off period to regain the driver seat with 6:57 left, 64-63, using a 13-2 run spearheaded by Aljon Mariano’s nine points, including a perimeter basket in the eight minute mark.

     Eagles bounced back in the fourth minute frame as they established again a seven-point advantage, highlighted by Ryan Buenafe’s completed four-point play with three minutes left in the match, 77-70.

     Jeric Teng tried to put the UST one possession close to the Ateneo as he unleashed back-to-back treys in the last stretch of the final canto and cut the deficit into three, 78-81, but Cameroonian Karim Abdul drew his fifth foul with 30 seconds left that lead to Coach Pido Jarencio’s rage.

     Teng lead the España-based squad’s offense as he tallied 25 points, while Aljon Mariano slated double-double figures, scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assist. Team captain Jeric Fortuna only tallied four points while Clark Bautista missed all his five attempts in the rainbow territory.

     The Jarencio-mentored squad’s seven-point advantage heading to the second half melt down in third canto as they were handed scoreless for six minutes plus a 17-0 run blasted by the Eagles through Nico Salva’s pull-up jumpers, 38-48.

     Katipunan-based squad forward Salva registered game-high 30 markers, while Kiefer Ravena and play-maker Juami Tiongson added a combined 25 productions to spearhead the four-peat champs in moving an inch closer to the UAAP title again.

     UST started strong in the first quarter as Teng and Mariano managed to drain their baskets, 24-18. It continued in the second frame as they were able to build an 11-point lead after a 3-point play by the latter in 3:06 and end the first half to 38-31.

     Meanwhile, Jarencio expressed his dismay with the referees’ calls in the final minute of the match including the foul given to Abdul and the supposed three bonus charities of Teng in the 0.5 mark that may cut the deficit into two.

     Coach Jarencio verbally confronted the referees as he reached his boiling point, resulting to an exit of the game officials assisted by hefty-sized bouncers and drew boos from the mammoth crowd of UST.

     “Binigyan namin ng magandang laban ang Ateneo pero wag naman ganun. Umakyat pa nga ako sa kanila (officials) na maging fair sila sa officiating pero bakit ganun?” Jarencio said in an interview.

     “Ang ninipis ng tawag, ang kakapal ng mukha. Sana marinig lang din nila ako. Eh kasi naaawa ako sa mga estudyante [magbabayad ng] 250, pipila madaling araw. Ala una ng madaling araw nandyan na para mapanood lang kami. [Mapapanood ang] Ateneo-UST game tapos gaganunin lang. De-deprive kami ng fair officiating,” Jarencio added.

     Game Two of the Finals will be held in Smart Araneta Coliseum. An Ateneo win will mark another history for being the only team, after UE in 1971, to clinch a rare five-peat but a UST win will force a winner take all match on Saturday, and a possible repeat of season 69.

Tigers’ Score: Teng 25, Mariano 22, Ferrer 13, Abdul 9, Fortuna 4, Lo 3, Pe 2, Bautista 0
Eagles’ Score: Salva 30, Ravena 13, Tiongson 12, Buenafe 10, Chua 9, Slaughter 5, Gonzaga 2, Elorde 2, Sumalinog 0, Golla 0
Quarter Score: 24-18, 38-31, 51-61, 78-83

By Karl Cedrick G. Basco
Photo taken by Jenzine Inah M. Alcantara

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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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