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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.

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     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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UAAP finds new broadcast home in Cignal TV

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) announced on Friday, October 23 that it has reached a five and a half broadcast partnership with Cignal TV.

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The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) announced on Friday, October 23 that it has reached a five and a half year broadcast partnership with Cignal TV.

The partnership is set to kick off starting 2021, when UAAP Season 83 commences. 

Together with its other digital platforms, One Sports channel, the sports division of media giant TV5, will air selected UAAP games starting Season 83. UAAP affirmed in their official statement released Friday evening. 

“As part of this collaboration, select events of the UAAP will be aired live on One Sports channel and its other digital assets, ensuring an engaging and expansive coverage across different multimedia platforms,” the statement read. 

“With its affiliate network, TV5, their combined experience in sports production provides the UAAP with a strong foundation in its efforts to promote collegiate sports in the country,” the statement added

For the first time in two decades, the UAAP  will not be airing on the ABS-CBN network, which had been the league’s media partner since 2000. 

“We’ll consider other parties if necessary. We’ll choose what’s for the best interest of the UAAP community,” UAAP Executive Director Rebo Saguisag said when asked about the plans of UAAP last May.

Last May 2020, the House of Representatives refused to grant the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN which resulted in the UAAP’s decision to consider other broadcast partnerships.

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PNP report a ‘big boost’ for UAAP appeal: Ayo

Two days after a Sorsogon PNP report absolved him of liabilities for the Sorsogon ‘bubble’, former UST head coach Aldin Ayo is now hopeful that the same report will boost his appeal against his indefinite ban in the UAAP. 

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Two days after a Sorsogon PNP report absolved him of liabilities for the Sorsogon ‘bubble’, former UST head coach Aldin Ayo is now hopeful that the same report will boost his appeal against his indefinite ban in the UAAP. 

The embattled coach originally resigned from his head coaching post last September 4, before being slapped with an indefinite ban by the UAAP Board of Trustees five days later. 

“I feel vindicated by the result of the Sorsogon City PNP Investigation on the alleged IATF violations in our activity in Capuy, Sorsogon; which result, was duly confirmed by the Office of the Governor of the Province of Sorsogon,” Ayo said in a statement on Friday. 

“The result of the investigation conducted by the proper government authorities, the PNP on the ground — at my house and farm, will certainly complement my position on the matter: that I have not in any way violated any national and local government health protocol or IATF regulations,” the former coach added.

In the police report dated Sept. 23 which was certified by provincial governor Chiz Escudero, it was found that Ayo and UST’s actions were in accordance with the government’s health protocols and that there were no prohibited basketball activities held outside his residence and within the province’s jurisdiction. 

Ayo also noted that the police report included “overlooked” details by the University’s fact-finding committee, which was used as a basis by the UAAP BoT to impose his indefinite ban. 

“I have dutifully raised matters overlooked by the UST fact-finding committee in their findings which became the basis for the UAAP decision. These pertinent matters, if properly considered, may significantly alter the decision of the UAAP Board.” Ayo said. 

Players allegedly went to Sorsogon to conduct “farm training” for their “special personal development” in Ayo’s mahogany farm, which were non-contact activities, and not to conduct team practices as originally stated by former team captain CJ Cansino.

Due to the province being placed in Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) – Low Risk at the time, the agricultural activities undertaken were allowed under the EID-IATF community quarantine guidelines. 

The former Tigers coach also took a shot at the doubters of his story, stating that while it may be understandable to doubt the Growling Tigers being invited to Sorsogon for agricultural work, it prevails as the truth if it is really the case. 

An invite to the same doubters was also sent by Ayo to conclude the statement. 

“Come to my house and farm in Capuy, Sorsogon, and see for yourself. ‘For the harvest is plenty and the laborers are few.’ he concluded. 

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UST takes another loss as Bismarck Lina completes UP transfer

Five days after reports of exploratory talks originally surfaced, former UST Tiger Cubs star Bismarck Lina is now on his way to play for the UP Fighting Maroons.

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Five days after reports of exploratory talks originally surfaced, former UST Tiger Cubs star Bismarck Lina is now on his way to play for the UP Fighting Maroons.

First reported by multiple publications Monday afternoon, the move was made official through a photo posted of Lina with UP coach Bo Perasol.

(H/T: @spinph)

The 19-year-old also confirmed the news on his Twitter account, with the simple statement “new chapter”.

Lina is set to be reunited with former Growling Tigers captain CJ Cansino who was the first to leave the team in light of the Sorsogon Bubble fiasco. 

The former Tiger Cub originally committed to the seniors’ squad last February and was set to originally debut in the collegiate scene during UAAP season 83. 

However, with his transfer, Lina is now set to play for the Maroons in UAAP season 84 due to his status as a late enrollee. He and Cansino are set to debut in the same season. 

The 6-foot-5 bruiser and cousin of former King Tiger Kevin Ferrer was a force in his final year with the Tiger Cubs, posting norms of 16.6 points, 10.9 points, and 2.1 assists despite only appearing in the second half of the season. He was also a part of the Mythical Five way back during UAAP season 81.

Lina is now the eighth player to leave the Tigers following future teammate Cansino, the now-Letran Knights trio of Rhenz Abando, Ira Bataller and Brent Paraiso, third-stringer turned Mapua Cardinal Jun Asuncion and the now-De LaSalle Green Archers duo of Mark Nonoy and Deo Cuajao.  

 

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