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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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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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