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UST foils Baby Tams in crunch time

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The University of Santo Tomas Tiger Cubs prevailed over the Far Eastern University Baby Tamaraws with a huge comeback in the payoff period, 81-80, in the UAAP Season 80 semifinals round of the junior’s basketball tournament at the Blue Eagles Gym Saturday.

RJ Abarrientos led FEU’s offense in the deciding period, burying four out of their five trips to the rainbow area to extend the lead by 13, 79-66.

UST then countered with their own four treys which resulted in a 14-0 surge, including a clutch pull-up jumper by RJ Baquial with 1:12 remaining in the clock, 80-79.

FEU’s LJ Gonzales had a chance to reclaim the lead but only managed to tie the game, 80-all, sinking one of his two free throws.

Kobe Palencia would seal the deal for the Tiger Cubs by hitting one of two in the charity stripe, 81-80.

UST head coach Chris Cantonjos gave credit to his players for their mental toughness and willingness to win the game.

“Nakuha na namin lahat at naexperience noong eliminations at kumbaga nainput na nila yung gusto nating mangyari,” he said. “Ang ginagawa na nila kanina kusa na talaga na gustong-gusto talaga nilang manalo.”

UST had a nine-point advantage at the start of second canto, 24-15, but FEU paraded a 12-0 run to grab the lead, 24-27.

Jezreel Villapando shot back-to-back treys to regain the lead, 30-27, but FEU’s 14-3 blitz overshadowed his momentum, 41-33.

Liam Manabat drained a triple at the buzzer to cut the lead to five, 41-36.

MVP frontrunner CJ Cansino paced UST with 18 points and 16 rebounds, while Baquial contributed 13 markers.

FEU’s Abarrientos tallied game-high 24 points while Xyrus Torres had 11 markers.

UST will try to keep their momentum going against the twice-to-beat NU Bullpups on February 23, Friday, at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

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Tigers extend win streak to three

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The UST Growling Tigers escaped the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 78-70, to stretch their win streak to three in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena Sunday.

Zachary Huang led UST with 20 points and six rebounds, while Marvin Lee and Renzo Subido contributed 17 and 14 markers, respectively.

Lee sank back-to-back treys following an LJ Gonzales layup to take the lead in the final quarter, 55-51, after ending the prior frame tied with FEU at 49.

“We executed our game plan. Lumabas yung laro ng mga bata. Pinaghandaan naman namin ‘to… pero long way to go. We are not going to be contented by these wins,” said UST head coach Aldin Ayo.

Huang’s jump shot sparked a 12-2 run to stretch their lead to ten, 67-57, before Arvin Tolentino drained a three to cut UST’s rally.

“We are going to continue working hard, and we are going to compete,” Ayo continued.

Richard Escoto and Arvin Tolentino were the only players who scored in double digits for FEU with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Quarter Scores:
23-19, 37-33, 49-49, 78-70

Box Scores:
UST 78 — Huang 20, Lee 17, Subido 14, Mahinay 10, Cansino 5, Bataller 4, Caunan 2, Marcos 2, Bonleon 2, Consejo 2, Zamora 0, Agustin 0.

FEU 70 — Escoto 12, Tolentino 11, Orizu 8, Stockton 8, Gonzales 7, Cani 6, Ebona 6, Comboy 5, Parker 3, Iñigo 2, Bayquin 2, Tuffin 0.

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UST notches back-to-back win after defeating UP

After overpowering the UE Red Warriors in their last game, the UST Growling Tigers upset the UP Fighting Maroons, 86-72, in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena Wednesday.

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After overpowering the University of the East Red Warriors in their last game, the UST Growling Tigers upset the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 86-72, in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena Wednesday.

This is their third win that ties them with UP at fifth place with a 3-4 card to end the first round match-up.

Cj Cansino led UST with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists, while Renzo Subido and John Kenneth Zamora added 13 and 12 markers apiece.

Bright Akhueti had 18 points and 11 rebounds, a double-double performance that fell short from sealing the victory for UP.

UST will try to keep their winning momentum as they face the Far Eastern University for the second round of eliminations on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the same venue.

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UST claims second win over UE

Missing their import Steve Akomo for the second straight game, the UST Growling Tigers notched their second win of the season as they beat the UE Red Warriors, 80-66, in their first round match in the UAAP Basketball Men’s Division, Saturday afternoon at the MOA Arena.

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Missing their import Steve Akomo for the second straight game, the UST Growling Tigers notched their second win of the season as they beat the UE Red Warriors, 80-66, in their first round match in the UAAP Basketball Men’s Division, Saturday afternoon at the MOA Arena.

UST’s 47.06% on 16-on-34 shooting beyond the arc sparked their lead to blow to as much as 21 points.

CJ Cansino’s double-double effort with 17 points and 17 rebounds lead the way for the Tigers, while Renzo Subido also contributed 22 markers.

When asked what his thoughts are about their win, Cansino said,” masaya siyempre kasi pinaghandaan talaga namin ‘to, sobrang down kami these past two games. I’m very happy na bumalik na kami.”

The Tigers were able to limit the Red Warriors to only a 23-point first-half production.

With 32 big points, Alvin Pasaol lead all UE scorers in a losing effort.

The Tigers improved to 2-4.

UST’s next game will be on Wednesday, Oct. 10, against the UP Fighting Maroons at the same venue.

Box scores:

UST 80 — Subido 22, Cansino 17, Lee 9, Huang 9, Marcos 6, Zamora 6, Mahinay 5, Caunan 4, Ira 2, Consejo 0, Agustin 0, Lagumen 0.

UE 66— Pasaol 32, Varilla 9, Manalang 8, Bartolome 4, Acuno 3, Conner 2, Beltran 2, Maloles 2, Lacap 2, Gallardo 2, Cullar 0, Antiporda 0, Gagate 0.

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