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UST junior Tiger Spikers escape NU

The UST Junior Tiger Spikers pulled off a shocker versus NU Junior Bullpups.

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The University of Santo Tomas Junior Tiger Spikers earned a hardly-fought victory against the pesky National University Junior Bullpups, 25-22, 11-25, 21-25, 25-15, 15-13, in the Game 2 of UAAP Season 79 boys’ volleyball tournament, Sunday, at the Adamson Gym in Manila.

 

Despite being down at 1-2 in the first three sets, UST were able to bounce back in a dominating fashion as Teo De Guzman tightened their net defense with three consecutive offensive blocks and sparked a 6-0 run, 23-12. Back-to-back error from the Bullpups sealed the equalizer, 25-15.

 

The Espana-based volleybelles finally sealed the deal in an intense fifth set with a crosscourt kill.
UST Assistant Coach Rommel Abella commended UST’s effort during the last two sets. “Sabi ko sa kanila noong fourth set na relax, hindi tayo nape-pressure dapat kasi we are the challenger. Yung mga players natin nagrelax, at yung resiliency nila nagshow sa fourth and fifth set.”

 

Lorenz Señeron led the team in scoring with 21 points, followed by Rey De Vega’s 16 points and De Guzman’s 11 points.

 

Señeron won the best Opposite Spiker, while De Vega was awarded as Best Server and Jaron Requinton received the Second Best Middle Blocker plum.

 

The hopes for UST Junior Tiger Spikers to finally bring the crown to España will be tested on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the same venue.

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UST frustrates NU in overtime

The UST Growling Tigers bounced back against the National University Bulldogs in overtime, 87-74, in the first round of the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena Pasay, Sunday. 

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The UST Growling Tigers bounced back against the National University Bulldogs in overtime, 87-74, in the first round of the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena Pasay, Sunday. 

NU seemed ready to pull away in regulation before a couple of crunch time heroics from Rhenz Abando, Zach Huang and Soulemane Chabi Yo helped bolster the Tigers’ comeback bid to go along with a late collapse from the Bulldogs themselves which included huge fouls from Dave Ildefonso and Issa Gaye that helped trim the NU lead in the final moments of the fourth quarter.

Bulldogs guard John Lloyd Clemente had a potential game winner before Soulemane Chabi Yo answered with an acrobatic desperation shot which tied the game at 70.  

Come overtime, the Tigers started to catch fire from behind the arc, led by two back-to-back huge triples from Rhenz Abando which sealed the win for the España-based squad.

“Sinuwerte pa kami doon sa dulo. We did not play our game noong first 3 and a half quarters. Buti nag pick up kami sa last 5 minutes ng fourth quarter. Composed pa din yung mga bata especially noong last 6 seconds.” Coach Aldin Ayo said.

Rookie Rhenz Abando had 21 points built on five three pointers and three of those came in crucial moments of the game. He also had six rebounds to complement his scoring prowess. 

Fellow rookie Soulemane Chabi Yo had another standout performance – dropping a double-double of 23 points and 20 rebounds. 

“Noong overtime na, doon ko lang naramdaman na nasa sistema na ako ni coach. Noong fourth quarter, parang nasa labas ako ng sistema niya.” Renz Abando says.

The Bulldogs on the other hand were led by Dave Ildefonso and John Lloyd Clemente who had  16 points, six rebounds and 12 points, seven rebounds respectively.

UST will face the Adamson University Soaring Falcons next on Wednesday (Sept. 18), 12:30 pm at the same venue.

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Tigers lose close game against defending champions Ateneo

The UST Growling Tigers fell in a close game to the reigning two time champions the Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles, 71-70 in the first round of the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao Wednesday. 

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The UST Growling Tigers fell in a close game to the reigning two time champions the Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles, 71-70 in the first round of the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao Wednesday. 

It was a close game overall, with the young Tiger squad being mostly able to go toe to toe with the championship caliber Ateneo squad. 

The first half saw both clubs exploding offensively while being able to limit the opposing team to below 20 points within the first two quarters – Ateneo outscored UST 23-13 in the first quarter while UST outscored Ateneo 24-10 in the second quarter as they headed to halftime. 

On the other hand, second half proved to be different as it became a slugfest that made it difficult to paint out a clear winner till the final buzzer. 

UST had a chance to take the lead in the final minute with the score at 68-67, but Ivorian big Angelo Kouame had a clutch block on Soulemane Chabi Yo. 

In the final seconds however, the Tigers  had an opportunity to take it to overtime at 70-67 but team captain CJ Cansino missed his hail mary three point attempt. 

Beninese import Soulemane Chabi Yo once again paced the Tigers with a monster double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Fellow newcomers Rhenz Abando and Mark Nonoy on the other hand were both limited to nine points along with the veteran Renzo Subido. 

For the Blue Eagles, Thirdy Ravena and Angelo Kouame had double doubles of 17 points and 11 points along with 10 rebounds apiece respectively. Second year man Gian Mamuyac also added in 11 points of his own as the Eagles barely edged out the Tigers. 

With the loss, the Tigers go down to 2-1 while Ateneo now remains the sole unbeaten team at 3-0. 

UST is set to take on the National University Bulldogs next on Sunday (Sept. 15) at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

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Tigers continue hot start with blowout win over UP

The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers shrugged off Season 81 runner up the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons with an 85-69 victory to notch their second straight victory for the season in the first round of the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao Saturday.

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The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers shrugged off Season 81 runner up University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons with an 85-69 victory to notch their second straight victory for the season in the first round of the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao Saturday.

Two straight three pointers from Renzo Subido and one from Mark Nonoy pushed UST’s lead to 16 in the final two minutes of the game.

Leading the España based squad was once again Soulemane Chabi Yo recording a monster double-double with 18 points and 18 boards.

Rookies Mark Nonoy and Rhenz Abando together with veteran Renzo Subido who  combined for 41 points to help contribute to the Tigers’ winning cause.

When asked about his key adjustments following a 16 point breakout game today, Mark Nonoy said ” Isa lang yung sinasabi ni coach kasi noong first game masyadong excited kami and then pagkatapos ng game they said na wag kaming masyadong excited and sumandal lang kami sa sistema niya kung ano yung ginagawa namin sa practice yun yung ilalabas namin sa laro.”

UST was also able to limit Maroons’ marquee guards Juan Gomez De Liaño and Ricci Rivero to five and four points respectively.

In an statement regading his thoughts on playing the defending champs Ateneo on their next game, Coach Aldin Ayo said, “This is a competition, every time you compete, everytime you play of course you always aim to win and you’re going to do your best, you’re going to squeeze everything just to win, so we’re going to do our best.”

Meanwhile, last year’s UAAP most valuable player Bright Akhuetie lead the Fighting Maroons with 19 points and 16 boards in the lopsided game, serving as the lone bright spot for the otherwise underperforming Maroons.

The Tigers will look to get their third straight victory on Wednesday (September 11) against the defending champions Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles  at the same venue.

 

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