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Tigresses edge Lady Tamaraws, finish third in elims

Tigresses edge Lady Tamaraws, finish third in elims

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by SHAYNE LEE MACARAEG THE FEU Lady Tamaraws led by as much as ten points in the first half, but the UST Growling Tigresses had other plans as they surged during the second half, taking a 77-65 win in their 14th game of UAAP Season 85 women’s basketball tournament. After trailing 38-31 at the half, Rocel Dionisio finished strong for the Tigresses by dropping 15 points and 13 rebounds, after limping off the floor in the second quarter with a seemingly minor injury on Saturday, Nov. 26 at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion. MVP candidate Eka Soriano fired up in the fourth quarter, scoring nine straight points, including a basket that gave UST a 14-point lead late in the game, 70-56. Soriano finished with 14 markers, seven boards, and four assists. UST was able to lock in the t...
No repeat of day one win as UST falls to AdU

No repeat of day one win as UST falls to AdU

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THE UST Growling Tigers extended their losing streak to eight after blowing a 19-point lead to the Adamson University (AdU) Soaring Falcons, 56-55, in the second round of UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament. With his team down by two with 8.4 seconds left on the clock, Falcons’ big man Cedrick Manzano buried a clutch and-1 off an inbound pass from Joaquin Jaymalin to complete the comeback over the Tigers on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Araneta Coliseum.  Tigers’ Jamba Garing missed the potential game-winner after a scrambling AdU stop, while Nic Cabañero, who had 22 points with six rebounds, was seen to be irate at the end of the regulation after being scoreless in the final quarter. UST was only held to five points to AdU’s 16 points.   UST was up big, 48-27, in the third q...
UST now the cellar dweller after sixth straight loss

UST now the cellar dweller after sixth straight loss

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by SHAYNE LEE MACARAEG and PRINCE RONSON SABADO THE UST Growling Tigers succumbed to their sixth defeat served by the UP Fighting Maroons, 76-51, in the first round of the UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament. UST is at the bottom of the standings with a 1-6 record, with their only win coming from the season opener against Adamson University. Tigers’ Nic Cabañero pushed an early fourth-quarter comeback by scoring 10 consecutive points that cut UP’s lead to 11, but it was not enough to stop the Maroons’ game plan as they sent double teams to stop Cabanero’s heroic attempts on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Ynares Center. Carl Tamayo, who only logged nine minutes and 24 seconds, scored back-to-back baskets to bring back the lead to a 21-point cushion taking the game out of ...
UST loses to UE for the first time in five years

UST loses to UE for the first time in five years

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by SHAYNE LEE MACARAEG The UST Growling Tigers are now on a four-game losing streak as they are outgunned by the UE Red Warriors, 78-68, in the UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball eliminations at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday, Oct. 16. UE defeated UST for the first time since UAAP season 80 dating back to October 7, 2017. Things got physical at the 2:01 minute mark of the third quarter, causing Tigers’ big man Adama Faye to be thrown out of the game due to a disqualifying foul on Red Warriors’ Harvey Pagsanjan. It was anyone’s game in the first half that featured fast-paced action from both teams, as UST’s Nic Cabanero finished through contact with 38.3 left to take the first-half lead, 29-28. But UE managed to convert five triples in the third quarter, led by its team ca...
Tigresses demolish Lady Warriors with a 63-point blowout

Tigresses demolish Lady Warriors with a 63-point blowout

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by SHAYNE LEE MACARAEG The UST Growling Tigresses prove their consistent prowess after an overwhelming 63-point victory, 107-44, over the UE Lady Warriors in the first round of UAAP Season 85 women’s basketball tournament. UST holds the second best record as it improved to 4-1 win-loss card. UE is still winless with a 0-5 record. Tigresses’ Tacky Tacatac led all scorers with 27 points as she grabbed four rebounds along with three steals on Sunday, Oct. 16 at the Mall of Asia Arena. After a close opening quarter with UE only trailing by three points, 18-15, it was a wrecking job for the rest of the game after the Tigresses adjusted their defensive scheme, closing the first half with a huge lead, 52-26. The Lady Warriors were unable to find answers to the Tigresses’ suffoc...
UST outclasses Adamson in UAAP Season 85 opener

UST outclasses Adamson in UAAP Season 85 opener

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By SHAYNE LEE MACARAEG and PRINCE RONSON SABADO The UST Growling Tigers kicked off UAAP Season 85 with a convincing victory over host Adamson Soaring Falcons in the men’s basketball opener, 69-60.  The Growling Tigers' win was led by forward Nic Cabañero, delivering a career-high 33 points in an efficient 13/18 shooting, with four assists and two rebounds on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Mall of Asia Arena.  It was the first time in four years that a single player scored at least 30 points to secure a win, the last time being UST point guard Marvin Lee's 30-point explosion over the University of the East Red Warriors in 2018. UST trailed behind Adamson in the first minutes of the game, with Soaring Falcons' Joshua Yerro, Jerom Lastimosa, and Vince Magbuhos leading the host team...
‘You are a tiger, EJ’

‘You are a tiger, EJ’

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THOMASIAN OLYMPIC pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena drew praises for his “ferociousness” amid the challenges he faced throughout the year. “You are a tiger, EJ. I believe all tigers are ferocious and feared upon especially when threatened,” UST Vice-rector Fr. Isaias D. Tiongco said during Obiena’s victory homecoming on Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. building. “But you are not merely a tiger, you are a Thomasian tiger,” Tiongco added. Obiena, an electronics engineering student, was also lauded for excelling in prestigious competitions, including the 2022 Wanda Diamond League, where he bagged gold and surpassed the world’s number one and Olympic record holder Armando Duplantis. “You nonetheless exhibit grace, courage, tenacity, persistence, a...
IN PHOTOS: UST’s kick-off party for UAAP Season 85

IN PHOTOS: UST’s kick-off party for UAAP Season 85

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'READY THAN EVER' LOOK: The University marked the beginning of UAAP Season 85 through an on-site kick-off party, the first since the pandemic, for its student-athletes at the Quadricentennial Pavilion on Wednesday, Sept. 28. This year's kick-off celebration theme, "Tiger Resurgence," is in connection with the goal to revive the Thomasian spirit for the upcoming UAAP games. FULL ALBUM: bit.ly/3dVog6l Photos by Rainiel Angelyn Figueroa and Jianzen Deananeas/ THE FLAME
AB Women’s basketball loses championship spot to IPEA

AB Women’s basketball loses championship spot to IPEA

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THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters’ (AB) Women’s Basketball Team on Friday suffered a crushing defeat in their semifinal game versus the Institute of Physical Education and Athletics (IPEA) anew, 26-64. IPEA started strong with an immediate nine-point run led by Romina Regine Manahan who sank multiple jump shots ahead of the paint. AB ended the first quarter with a run of their own to narrow the gap, 9-15. AB stepped up their defense in the second quarter, preventing IPEA from clinching a field goal until the six-minute mark. However, AB soon crumbled on the back of their sloppy ball handling and grip that allowed IPEA to bolster their lead, 16-29. Despite Marienne Renee Durano’s eight-point contribution past halftime, AB lost control of the game with IPEA successfully converting...
AB Men’s basketball eliminated in Goodwill quarters

AB Men’s basketball eliminated in Goodwill quarters

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By LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters’ (AB) Men’s Basketball Team exited the Thomasian Goodwill Games after dropping their quarterfinal match against the College of Commerce, 54-79. Commerce easily dominated the first half with their superior defense, preventing AB from converting steals into points. The multiple three-pointers and penalty shots by Nicko Bahia were not enough to overtake Commerce, 22-37. The men in blue sank deeper in the third quarter on the back of penalty shots and a technical foul. The aggressive fastbreaks of Alleyne Lapira and Bahia still failed to close the gap, 36-59. The 26-point deficit was too big to overcome in the last two minutes, 49-75, even with Robert Aldrin Obleno’s consecutive field goals. AB Men’s Coach Carlo Tomaca...