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UST Tigresses survive gritty FEU Lady Tamaraws

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The UST Growling Tigresses fought to live another day, as they eliminated the FEU Lady Tamaraws, 86–72, in the first step-ladder match in the semifinals of the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum earlier today, Sunday, Nov. 19.

The Tigresses shot the lights out in the fourth frame by burying four 3-pointers including two triples courtesy of Anjel Anies. Anies would also hit a couple of clutch jumpers to seal the deal for UST.

Anies and Sai Larosa combined for 20 out of UST’s 26 points in the final period.

UST Tigresses Head Coach Haydee Ong praised her players for holding their ground on the defensive ends and outside shooting especially in the payoff period, despite mentioning her team’s abysmal free-throw shooting and rebounding.

“We had a lot of free-throws missed that we need to work on, and FEU got a lot of offensive rebounds, so we need to work on it because UE has a lot of big ladies. What’s good is our defense held up in the last 5 minutes and our three pointers were sinking in,” Ong said in the press conference.

The Tigresses used their balanced attack, as five players scored in double figures led by Anies’ 24 points off the bench.

“Kung wala yung mga teammates ko, di ko naman makukuha yung 24 points, yung practice plan po namin eh sinunod lang po namin,” Anies stated.

The UST Tigresses will face the University of the East on Nov. 22, Wednesday, in hopes of keeping their season alive as UE holds a twice to beat advantage.

Scores: UST (86) — Anies 24, Angeles 14, Gandalla 11, Rivera 10, Larosa 10, Peñaflor 8, Jerez 7, Portillo 2, Aujero 0, Capilit 0, Sangalang 0, Isanan 0. FEU (72) — Arrelado 19, Gerner 12, Taguiam 11, Balleser 11, Jumuad 4, Antiola 4, Bastasas 4, Ouano 3, Quiapo 2, Okunlola 2, Mamaril 0, Payadon 0, Bahuyan 0.

Quarter Scores: 19–19, 39–31, 60–55, 86–72.

by Justin Emmanuel Magat

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Tigresses hold off Lady Falcons

The UST Growling Tigresses fend off Adamson to advance to the next phase of the stepladder semifinals versus FEU.

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The UST Growling Tigresses shrugged off a fourth quarter run from the Adamson Lady Falcons, 78-69, to advance to the next phase of the stepladder semifinals in the UAAP Season 81 women’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday.

Leading the charge for the España-based squad is season 81 MVP Grace Irebu with a huge double-double of 28 points and 20 rebounds.

Sai Larosa and Tin Capilit also contributed 17 and 13 points, respectively.

A 5-0 personal blast from Capilit sparked UST’s double-digit lead.

With four minutes left in the game, Adamson was able to cut their 20-point deficit down to two.

“I’m speechless. First of all, thank you kay Lord for another opportunity for us to play another day. Of course credit to my coaches, staff to the players, to the team—si Grace, si Sai, si Capilit— is playing all their hearts out every time we play dito sa knockout,” UST head coach Haydee Ong said.

Nathalie Prado tallied career-high 34 points to lead Adamson on a losing effort.

UST secured an all-or-nothing match against the Far Eastern University on Nov. 28, Wednesday, the winner of which will face the much-favored National University Lady Bulldogs in the finals.

Box Scores:

UST 78 — Irebu 28, Larosa 17, Capilit 13, Rivera 6, Aujero 5, Portillo 5, Ferrer 4, Tacatac 0, Magat 0, Sangalang 0, Gonzales 0.

ADU 69 — Prado 34, Alcoy 9, Camacho 9, Cacho 6, Araja 5, Tandaan 3, Bilbao 2, Aciro 1, Cabug 0, Osano 0.

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Growling Tigers take down Warriors behind Cansino-Lee tandem

CJ Cansino and Marvin Lee post historic feats to lead UST to its fifth win over the UE Red Warriors, 79-68, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament at the San Juan Arena Sunday. ‬

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The UST Growling Tigers outplayed the University of the East Red Warriors, 79-68, in the second round eliminations of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan Sunday.

UE had the lead in the first quarter but UST took over from the second frame onwards with Marvin Lee finishing the first half with a total of seven three-point shots.

Lee and CJ Cansino connived in the second quarter to make up for their deficit in the prior frame.

“We played well. We adjusted well under offense. It’s a good thing that before the first half ended, we were able to adjust,” Ayo explained.

Cansino tallied a triple-double of 20 points on a 5-of-8 field goal, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists despite a sprained ankle, an impressive record for a rookie.

“Masaya syempre dahil nakuha ko yung triple-double. Pero sinunod ko lang yung sistema eh. Yung sistema na sharing the ball at lahat kailangan gumana, so thankful ako sa sistema,” Cansino quipped.

In addition, Zach Huang chipped in 14 points all during the second half to go along with seven rebounds and two assists, while Lee registered a career high of 30 points.

On the UE side, Alvin Pasaol and Philip Manalang had 26 and 15 markers, respectively.

The Tigers rose to a 5-5 record to further bury UE at the bottom with 1-10.

UST will look to gain their next win against De La Salle University on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Ynares Center in Antipolo.

Quarter Scores:

17-19, 39-33, 59-49, 79-68

Box Scores:

UST 79 — Lee 30, Cansino 20, Huang 14, Bataller 4, Bonleon 4, Agustin 2, Caunan 2, Mahinay 2, Zamora 1, Marcos 0.

UE 68 — Pasaol 26, Manalang 15, Conner 12, Bartolome 6, Varilla 4, Strait 3, Lacap 2, Beltran 0, Cullar 0, Gallardo 0, Guion 0.

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NU halts Tigers’ winning streak

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The UST Growling Tigers fell short against the National University Bulldogs, 61-69, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan Sunday.

“As I’ve told you before, di naman kami concerned sa spot eh. We just want to compete. We take it one game at a time,” UST head coach Aldin Ayo said.

Renzo Subido had 18 points for UST, and Marvin Lee had 12 in the losing cause.

The Tigers had an early advantage over the Bulldogs, but lost it by the crucial final period.

“Defense. Pinaghandaan naman namin yan during the pre-season. Pinaghandaan naman namin yan the whole week. If you can’t play good defense down the stretch, you can’t have a good impression,” Ayo explained.

Rookie Cj Cansino did not have a good scoring game but contributed well in terms of rebound, garnering 18 boards, in the absence of UST’s big man Steve Akomo.

Bulldogs’ Dave Ildefonso made an impact scoring 16 points, while Troy Rike and John Clemente chipped in 13 and 12 markers, respectively.

UST’s next game will be on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28, against the University of the East Red Warriors, at the same venue.

“Humihingi ako ng suporta sa buong community, especially against UE. So we’re inviting all Thomasians, students, alumni,” Ayo quipped. “Rest assured, we’re going to do our best. Ibibigay namin lahat, para ma-deserve lang namin yung panalo.”

Quarter Scores:

11-15, 32-33, 42-53, 61-69

Box Scores:

UST 61- Subido 18, Lee 12, Huang 11, Cansino 8, Mahinay 8, Caunan 4, Zamora 0, Batalier 0, Marcos 0, Agustin 0, Consejo 0.

NU 68- D. Ildefonso 16, Rike 13, Clemente 12, Gaye 10, Diputado 7, S. Ildefonso 4, Yu 3, Sinclair 2, Joson 2, Aquino 0, Galinato 0, Gallego 0, Tibayan 0.

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