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UAAP75saTW: ‘I want our team to… protect our lead’ –Jarencio

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     Hindi pinayagan ng UST Tigers manalo ang Adamson University Falcons nang mabingwit ang one-point lead, 61-60, sa Smart Araneta Coliseum noong ika-19 ng Agosto. Tuluyang umarangkada ang Tigers at nakamit ang liderato nang magwagi sa anim na magkakasunod na laro sa unang round ng kasalukuyang UAAP men’s senior basketball.

     Ginulat ng Tigers ang lahat sa kanilang makapigil-hiningang laro laban sa Falcons nang makalusot muli sa isang mahigpit na labang isang puntos ang lamang. Nangunguna na ang Growling Tigers na may 6-1 na kartada sa pagtatapos ng unang round.

     “Back to zero attitude pagdating ng second round, wag nating iisipin yung standing, isipin natin yung kalaban… one game at a time, magfofocus kami on every game,” ani Coach Pido Jarencio.

     Muling nagpamalas ng galing ang sentrong si Karim Abdul na siyang nakakuha muli ng double double figures matapos magpakawala ng 18 puntos at 12 rebounds. Nahirapan si Abdul magsagawa ng laro dahil sa pag-double team sa kanya kaya walo sa puntos na iyon ay mula sa freethrow line.

     Maagang nagpakitang gilas ang mga Tigers nang malamangan ang Falcons ng 6 na puntos, ngunit maaga ring nagkaproblema nang sila ay ma-foul trouble at nabigyan agad ng penalty na siyang nagbigay oportunidad para sa Falcons na makapuntos mula sa free-throw line. Naangatan ng pangkat ng España ang kalaban sa iskor na 19-13 sa unang yugto.

     Hindi nagpatalo ang Falcons pagdating ng ikalawang yugto, binawian agad at nagpasabog sila ng 15-2 run sa huling apat na minuto sa unang bahagi. Kabilang sa mga nakapuntos ay sina Monteclaro, Cabrera at Etrone na nakapasok ng tig-isang tres na siyang nagpalamang sa Falcons, 26-33.

     “Hindi ibibigay ng Adamson yan, lahat ng bagay na masarap, pinaghihirapan. Hindi naman pwede nakukuha ng madalian yan eh, pagka-madalian yan, madali ring mawala…double effort sa second half, babawiin natin,” pahayag ni Coach nang himukin ang kanyang koponan sa dugout.

     Pag-tapak ng Tigers sa hard court, tila nagbago ang ihip ng hangin. Nabuhayan ang koponan ni Coach Jarencio, nang magpasiklab si Mariano ng back-to-back baskets at makuha ang lahat ng 12 puntos niya sa ikatlong yugto lamang. Samantala, di nagpasindak si Eric Camson ng AdU at siyang nagpainit sa kanyang pangkat gamit ang kanyang mga mid-range jumpers at nakakuha ng 9 na puntos. Nabawasan ang lamang ng Falcons, 47-50 paglipas ng ikatlong yugto.

     Tuloy ang palitan ng mga puntos ng magkabilang koponan. Matindi ang opensang pinakawalan ng UST na 5-1 run sa huling 5 minuto ng laro, ngunit nakabawi rin agad sa tres ni Etrone. Sa huling timeout ng UST, nagpasiklab muli ang Tigers ng 7-1 run kabilang ang malayong tres ni Fortuna sa huling minuto. Sa nanatiling 51 segundo, nagka-turnover ang UST na nagbigay oras para sa AdU na makakuha ng huling tira. Ngunit nasayang at nabigo si Camson nang magmintis siya. Nanatiling lamang ng isang puntos at nakalusot muli ang UST sa isang nakakakabang laro.

     Dahil sa pagkapanalo, inihahanda na ni Coach Pido ang kanyang koponan para sa ikalawang round, kung saan tiyak na makakalaro na si Jeric Teng.

     “Kung naghahanda sila, handa rin kami…I want our team to stay sharp and protect our lead,” ayon sa pahayag ni Coach Pido.

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Tigers’ Scores: Abdul 18, Mariano 12, Fortuna 12, Bautista 8, Vigil 6, Lo 3, Ferrer 2
Falcons’ Scores: Camson 19, Brondial 15, Etrone 10, Cabrera 10, Monteclaro 6
Quarter Scores: 19-13, 26-33, 47-50, 61-60

Isinulat ni Josiah Darren Saynes
Litrato kuha ni Gelli Ann Javellana

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No regrets for Renzo Subido this season as he wraps up UAAP career

Even if he may have ended his career short of a championship, the outgoing guard still cherishes how he was given an opportunity to finish his time playing under the bright lights of a finals game.

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With a final score of 79-86, the UST Growling Tigers’ magical Season 82 run has come to an end at the hands of the 3-peat seeking Ateneo Blue Eagles as the UAAP season 82 men’s basketball tournament came to a close on Wednesday. 

And with that also came Renzo Subido’s career for the black and gold. 

Even if he may have ended his career short of a championship, the outgoing guard still cherishes how he was given an opportunity to finish his time playing  under the bright lights of a finals game.

“I’m just really blessed to be able to play in the finals again. Marami akong natutunan and it made me a better player, a better person.” Subido stated in an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb.

“Wala, wala akong masabi eh, I’m just really blessed to be able to play in front of the UST community in the finals,” he added. 

And after capping off a roller-coaster of a season which saw the Tigers emerge into a dark horse Final Four contender Subido simply cherishes his time with the team as they clawed their way through to the big game. 

“This season wasn’t smooth naman eh. Every win we really had to prepare really hard for that. It wasn’t given to us in a silver platter so pinaghirapan namin yan and I’m just really blessed to be able to work everyday with my teammates,” he explained in an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb.

Subido first came to UST back in 2014 as a blue-chip recruit from the De LaSalle Zobel Junior Archers and was tasked to fill the point guard void for the Tigers back then. 

Despite having a relatively low-profile career overall, Subido made headlines this season when he knocked down a huge triple against the UP Fighting Maroons that propelled UST back to the Finals after a four year drought. 

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Gritty Tigers swept by dynastic Ateneo despite putting up valiant effort

Even as they were able to go hold their own against the defending champs, the UST Growling Tigers were swept by the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 79-86, in Game 2 of the best-of-three UAAP season 82 men’s basketball finals at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay Wednesday, Nov. 20.

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Even as they were able to go hold their own against the defending champs, the UST Growling Tigers were swept by the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 79-86, in Game 2 of the best-of-three UAAP season 82 men’s basketball finals at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay Wednesday, Nov. 20. 

Just like the opening game, Ateneo got off to a fiery start and outscored the Tigers 31-18 within the first ten minutes of the contest. 

The second quarter saw a low scoring affair with UST jumping out to an 8-2 run that cut down the Blue Eagles’ once 13-point lead to seven. 

Even with the strong showing from the Tigers which included outscoring the defending champs 14-11 in the canto, Ateneo still managed to bring a 10 point lead into halftime, mainly due to the efforts of Pat Maagdenberg and the graduating Thirdy Ravena. 

Both teams came alive in the third quarter, with UST posting 30 points and Ateneo with 25, which saw UST and Ateneo going mano y mano on the offensive end. 

UST was able to get as close as one point to open the fourth quarter corteousy of team captain CJ Cansino before a quick 5-0 spurt from Thirdy Ravena and SJ Belangel re-extended the lead to four. 

After a slow scoring affair throughout the duration of the quarter, the Tigers were once again able to get as close as four points with over a minute to play after a Sherwin Concepcion triple brought the game to 71-75. 

However, as UST was inching close to a comeback, Thirdy Ravena and Ange Kouame combined forces to quickly unleash a huge 8-0 blast that iced the game and secured the championship for them. 

Thirdy Ravena once again led Ateneo with 17 points and seven rebounds in his swan song. SJ Belangel on the other hand chipped in 15 points built on five triples. 

Outgoing team captain Matt Nieto had an efficient final game as well with 14 points on a 60% shooting clip, complemented by six rebounds and five assists. 

For the Tigers, Rhenz Abando had a 16-point effort, with nine of them coming in the Tigers’ high scoring third quarter. Rookie of the Year Mark Nonoy poured in 14 points to complement Abando’s performance, while MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo had a double-double of 11 points and 19 boards.

With the win, Ateneo now caps off their dream season by becoming the first team in UAAP men’s basketball to complete a 16-0 sweep.

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Salinggawi Dance Troupe falls short from CDC podium for second straight year

UST’s Salinggawi Dance Troupe once again came up short of a podium finish in the UAAP Season 82 Cheerdance Competition held at the Mall of Asia Arena Sunday, Nov. 17. 

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UST’s Salinggawi Dance Troupe once again came up short of a podium finish in the UAAP Season 82 Cheerdance Competition held at the Mall of Asia Arena Sunday, Nov. 17. 

Salinggawi’s forest-themed performance placed fourth, with a huge 8.5 differential from the second runner-up, the Adamson Pep Squad.

Salinggawi placed fifth for tumbling, stunts, and tosses and fourth for the pyramid, and third for the dance after having a 13-point deduction. 

NU once again repeats as Cheerdance champions after having 722 points out of 800 points. 

FEU on the other hand placed 1st runner-up with the score of 706 points.

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