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     Muli nanamang nagpamalas ng never-say-die attitude ang University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers matapos bumangon mula sa 17-point deficit upang maitakas ang 58-57 come-from-behind overtime victory kontra sa National University Bulldogs sa pagpapatuloy ng aksyon sa UAAP Season 75 sa Smart Araneta Coliseum kahapon.

     Sumandig muli ang Tigers sa kabayanihan ni Aljon Mariano matapos pumukol ng game-winning off-the-board jump shot sa huling 4.4 na segundo ng extension period upang maisukbit ang panalo. Nagtala si Mariano ng game-high na 22 puntos, 18 rito ay nagmula sa second half, at anim na rebounds.

     Namayani rin si Jeric Fortuna, kumolekta ng walong puntos at walong assists, nang magpakawala ito ng buzzer-beating three-point basket sa regulation period upang humatak pa ng karagdagang limang minuto sa laban habang umayuda rin si Karim Abdul ng double-double figure, 10 marka at 10 boards.

     “Nung nai-shoot ni Fortuna, sinabi ko sa kanila hindi na kayo yan, binigay na ng nasa itaas yan kaya huwag nating aksayahin. Sabi nga nila, nasa Diyos ang awa nasa tao pa rin ang gawa,” ani ni Coach Pido Jarencio.

     Naging maganda ang panimula ng Tigers sa unang kanto matapos magpasabog ng 9-2 run tampok ang dalawang fast break points subalit bumalikwas ang Bulldogs nang maghulog ng 14-0 na bomba at makapag-tayo ng limang puntos na lamang, 11-16.

     Nahirapan ang UST sa pagpasok ng ikalawang kanto matapos hindi makapuntos sa loob ng anim na minuto na sinegundahan pa ng perimeter shots ng NU at tuluyang mabaon sa 17 puntos sa pagtatapos ng first half, 14-31.

     Subalit muli nanamang bumawi ang mga taga-Espanya sa ikatlong kanto nang magpaulan ng tres sina Mariano, Jeric Teng at Clark Bautista upang mapaikli ang lamang sa sampu, 32-42.

     Lalong nabuhayan ang Jarencio-mentored squad sa pay-off period matapos magpamalas ng matibay na depensa na naging daan upang mapigilan ang opensa ng Bulldogs. Sinundan pa ito ng fast break points nina Mariano at Fortuna na nagdikit sa sagupaan, 48-51, sa huling 10 segundo ng laban, bago tumirada ng tres ang nahuli na nagtabla sa laban, 51-all.

     Sa kabila ng pagkaka-fouled out nina Abdul at Kevin Ferrer sa OT, hindi nawalan ng pag-asa ang Tigers. Nagbitaw sila ng 4-0 salvo sa huling 30 segundo kabilang ang game-clinching basket ni Mariano upang makabawi sa 27 puntos na talo sa FEU.

     Nalimitahan din ng UST ang league’s best scorer na si Bobby Ray Parks sa 15 produksyon, siyam dito ay galing pa sa free-throw line, at Emmanuel Mbe sa 10 puntos sa kabila ng pagkamada ng 13 rebounds.

     Sa panalong ito, nakisalo sa ikalawang pwesto ang Tigers sa FEU na may 7-2 na karta sa ilalim ng nagdedepensang Ateneo Blue Eagles habang bumagsak naman sa 5-4 ang record ng Bulldogs para sa ikalimang pwesto sa liga.

     Susunod na makakalaban ng UST ang DLSU sa Miyerkules, ganap na ika-12 ng tanghali sa MOA Arena; matatandaan ang naging magandang laban ng dalawang koponan sa first round na nauwi sa double OT victory para sa mga Tigers, 84-82.

Tigers 58: Mariano 22, Abdul 10, Teng 8, Fortuna 8, Bautista 8, Ferrer 2, Vigil 0, Pe 0, Lo 0, Afuang 0
Bulldogs 57: Parks 15, Mbe 10, De Guzman 8, Rosario 6, Labing-isa 5, Javillonar 4, Betayene 3, Rono 2, Neypes 2, Alolino 2, Villamor 0, Singh 0
Quarter Scores: 11-16, 14-31, 32-42, 51-51 (reg), 58-57 (OT)

Isinulat ni Karl Cedrick G. Basco
Litrato kuha ni 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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