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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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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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The UAAP Flag is presented to UAAP schools rectors and presidents in its season opening in 2016 | Amirah Eloise Banda/TomasinoWeb

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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