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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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Tigresses maul Lady Bulldogs

The UST Golden Tigresses made quick work of the NU Lady Bulldogs in the second round of the UAAP 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday.

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The UST Golden Tigresses made quick work of the National University Lady Bulldogs, 27-25, 25-17, 20-25, 25-16 in the second round of the UAAP 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan Saturday.

Both teams opened the game with good starts and failed to get the upper hand at each other up until the final moments of the first set before the Tigresses closed it out at 27-25.

The second and third sets were like opposites in terms of energy for both teams. UST slugged it out and nipped NU on the second set with roaring offense and floor defense, finishing the set 25-17.  The third set saw UST relax and lose their ground as NU takes the set 20-25

The fourth and final set saw UST’s momentum return and once again claim 10 points. The Tigresses leaned on their one-two punch of Rondina and Laure as they ice the game 25-16.

After the game, Coach Kung Fu Reyes stated that despite the third set collapse, it was important that his team got the win and at this point they will just be polishing their overall game.

“At the end of the game kami naman yung nanalo so kailangan lang namin ulit i polish yung mga dapat namin na i correct pa. Yun ang kailangan ulit gawin pag balik namin sa ensayo namin.”

Sisi Rondina poured in a game high 21 points to go along with Player of the Game honors, while Eya Laure chipped in her own 13 points.

For the Lady Bulldogs, Ivy Lacsina led the team with 19 markers of her own and rookie Princess Robles had 14 points.

With the win, UST now improves to 10-4 and has a shot for at least a playoff for the number 2 spot if La Salle loses to FEU in their final eliminations encounter on Sunday.

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Golden Tigresses tamed by Lady Spikers

The UST Golden Tigresses succumbed to the De La Salle University Lady Spikers in the second round of the UAAP 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament.

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The UST Golden Tigresses succumbed to the De La Salle University Lady Spikers, 25-21,23-25,19-25, 24-26 in the second round of the UAAP 81 Women’s Volleyball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay Sunday.

UST began the game with a good opening salvo, capped off with double aces from super rookie Eya Laure. The Tigresses were able to lead early on with Kecelyn Galdones closing the set with a block.

The Tigresses fell early on the second set 18-11, before pouncing their way to inch closer but to no avail as the Lady Spikers claim the second set.

UST went to have a good start in the third set leading 11-9, before tapering off with La Salle’s attack efficiency and several errors from the Tigresses paving the way for the Lady Spikers to take the set.

The fourth set was a back and forth affair with the two teams not giving an inch until the final deuce at 24-all. The Lady Spikers’ defense proved to be too much as they take the game at the last moments of the set.

Rookie sensation Eya Laure chipped in 20 points for UST, while Sisi Rondina poured in 19.

For the Lady Spikers, captain Des Cheng had a career high 20 points.

With the loss, UST falls to 6-4 in solo fourth place, while LaSalle solidifies its hold on the second spot at 7-3.

The Tigresses will look to bounce back against the UE Lady Warriors on April 6 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.

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Ateneo Lady Eagles upset the UST Golden Tigresses

The UST Golden Tigresses was stunned by the first-seeded Ateneo Lady Eagles in 5 sets, Wednesday Afternoon to open the 2nd round of UAAP Volleyball.

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The UST Golden Tigresses was stunned by the first-seeded Ateneo Lady Eagles in 5 sets, 25-19, 25-22, 25-27, 22-25, 11-15, Wednesday Afternoon to open the 2nd round of UAAP Volleyball.

The Tigresses won the first two sets but could not sustain their good start for the rest of the match.

UST had a good run in the middle of the third and fourth set but the Lady Eagles’ defense helped them to win the sets.

The graduating Sisi Rondina tops the scoring for the Golden Tigresses having 35 points, followed by the rookie Eya Laure who tallied 21 points.

“Wala naman kasing nananalo ng 2 sets. Pero all in all, maganda kasi naka kuha pa din kami ng 2 sets. Ito yung talo na hindi bumagsak balikat namin. Talo kami kung wala kaming natutunan”, UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes stated.

Maddie Madayag’s combination of offense and defense lead the  Ateneo Lady Eagles with a total of 23 points banking on 11 blocks.

UST dropped to 5-3 record after this loss.

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