UST's Clark Bautista drives against the defense of L.A. Revilla in their match against the DLSU in Game One of the UAAP Finals. UST defeated La Salle, 73-72 | Photo by Ann Lafuente, TomasinoWeb
By Angelica Abello

The momentum-ridden University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers escaped the De La Salle University Green Archers via 73-72 thrilling victory and clinched Game One of the UAAP Season 76 Men’s Basketball Finals in front of 20,525 fans in the best of-three series at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum today.

Kevin Ferrer’s clutch three during the last 41 tics of the game gave the Tigers a reason to celebrate with a 73-69 lead before Jeron Teng counter-parted it with a 3-point play, 73-72.

The Tigers managed to keep their composure in the neck-to-neck game against their 90’s rival during the final seconds of the game when a costly turnover by Aljon Mariano almost shattered the hopes of the España-based squad.

UST's Jeric Teng carries the leather in their game against the National University Bulldogs.| Photo by Monica Pantaleon, TomasinoWeb.
By Karl Cedrick G. Basco

They earned it in the hard way but nonetheless they are back again into the championship and will have the chance to complete another Cinderella-run story.

The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers proved again that they are the comeback kings in the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament as they ousted the top-seeded National University Bulldogs, 76-69, in their winner-take-all semi-finals match up at the Mall of Asia Arena today.

The Tigers registered another history: the first number four seeded-team to eliminate the best team of the eliminations who also guaranteed a twice-to-beat advantage. 

UST was down by two as Robin Roño buried a trey in the 6:08 mark of the final quarter, 59-61, when they sparked an 11-0 run including a three by the Kevin Ferrer and capped by Jamil Sheriff’s steal and a lay-up to pull away for good against NU, 70-61, 46 seconds left in the ticks.

Team Captain Jeric Teng and Kevin Ferrer spearheaded the Tigers tallying 19 and 18 points, respectively, while Aljon Mariano contributed 12 of his own with 10 boards for UST’s rally back to the finals.

The España-based squad established a ten-point margin in a three-point play by Teng less than three minutes left in the second canto, 29-19, but the Bulldogs ignited a 12-0 salvo with Gelo Alolino draining two triple while Emmanuel Mbe dominated the paint to steal the lead, 31-29.

Kevin Ferrer scores a fast break lay-up in their game against National University Bulldogs. UST defeated NU, 71-62. Photo by Gelli Javellana, TomasinoWeb
By Angelica Abello

The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers extend their UAAP Season 76 stint by trouncing the top-seeded National University Bulldogs, 71-62, in their Final Four clash today at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The Espana-based squad regained their biggest lead of the game in the fourth quarter, 63-45, before NU blasted a 13-0 run to cut the lead down to five, 63-58. NU had a chance to slice the lead down to three but Emmanuel Mbe missed his open-wide dunk. 

Veteran guard Jeric Teng saved the Growling Tigers from their drought as he uncorked a triple from way beyond the arc to stop the fiery Bulldogs from their run, 66-58.

Aljon Mariano’s four clutch freethrows during the last minute of the game sealed the win for the Tigers, forcing the Bulldogs to use their twice-to-beat advantage.

“Number four can beat number one,” said UST head coach Pido Jarencio. “Ang pressure nasa kanila kasi kailangan mo magstay sa number one. Kami, number four, nag-aaspire na maging number one.”

L.A. Revilla rejoices as De La Salle University trounces the Far Eastern University, 74-69. Photo by KC Cruz, GMA News Online
Karl Cedrick G. Basco

The De La Salle University Green Archers secured the second spot with twice-to-beat advantage coming to the semi-finals as they drubbed the gritty Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 74-69, in the UAAP Season 76 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena today.

Taft-based squad leaned to their hot three-point shooting at the first half to build a commanding lead, 37-27. Archers drained eight treys at the first 20 minutes of action, three of which came from L.A. Revilla.
Jason Perkins nailed a fade away basket in the 3:54 mark of the third period to establish a 15-point advantage against the Tamaraws, 53-38. However, FEU tried to tighten the match dropping a 9-0 blitz capped by Anthony Hargrove’s fast break completion to cut the lead to six, 49-55.

UST's Pamela Lastimosa uncorks an attack in their game against the Adamson University. Adamson defeated the Tigers, 2-1. Photo by Andrew Magno of TomasinoWeb
By Angelica Abello

The Adamson University Lady Falcons regained their crown in the UAAP beach volleyball scene as they outshone the University of Santo Tomas Lady Tigers, 21-23, 21-17, 15-9, in the game two of the finals of UAAP Season 76 Women’s Beach Volleyball Tournament earlier today at the University of the East – Caloocan.

The duo of Adamson’s Shiela Marie Pineda and Amanda Villanueva swept the tandem of UST’s Pamela Lastimosa and Maruja Banaticla, 2-0, in a best-of-three series.

Adamson won two sets to one on their first game last Sunday, 20-22, 21-19, and 16-14.

This season’s crown is the Lady Falcons’ third title in the women’s division of beach volleyball, snapping from the Lady Tigers their two-year domination.

Pineda was also named as the Most Valuable Player in the competition.
Photo by Paul Ryan Tan
By Angelica Abello

The Tigers are yet to find a way to beat the Tamaraws.

The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers yielded against the undefeated Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 67-77, in the UAAP Season 76 Men's Basketball Tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena last July 21.

The Tigers, who played without Team Captain Jeric Teng, drew strength from their Cameroonian Center Karim Abdul registering 21 points and 11 rebounds while Kevin Ferrer also stepped up finishing 18 markers with seven boards.

FEU, led by their guards, Terrence Romeo, Mike Tolomia and RR Garcia, fired bunches of three-point baskets in the second half to establish a 10-point lead in the 6:57 mark of the pay off period, 68-58.

Clark Bautista stopped the bleeding with his own three but Garcia and Tolomia scored six straight points to extend the lead to 13 four minutes left in the game, 74-61.

UST started strong building a five-point lead in the second frame, 25-20, capped by back-to-back baskets of Aljon Mariano however former UAAP MVP Garcia pulled the Tamaraws and clinched the driver seat at the end of the first half, 39-37.

Photo courtesy of TomasinoWeb
By Karl Cedrick Basco

The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers’ late rally was not enough to pull another upset victory against the defending champion Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles and dropped its last game of the first round, 57-61, in the UAAP Season 76 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum today.

 Aljon Mariano led the team tallying 16 markers with nine rebounds however failed to score in the pay-off period. Eduardo Daquioag and Clark Bautista added 33 combined points 15 of which came in the final canto.

Ateneo started the game on fire blasting an 11-0 run highlighted by Keifer Ravena’s three-point basket and JP Erram’s jumper to establish a commanding 13-point lead, 17-4.

Photo by Paul Ryan Tan
By Karl Cedrick Basco

The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers came big in the second half to trounce the cellar-dweller University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 79-69, in the UAAP Season 76 Men's Basketball Tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum Wednesday.

Aljon Mariano spearheaded the Tigers banking game-high 18 points while Kevin Ferrer, Karim Abdul, and Clark Bautista conspired for 42 markers.

UST unraveled 13-4 run mid of the third period to pull away against UP, establishing a 10-point advantage, 48-38.

The Fighting Maroons threatened to comeback but the Tigers fired a 9-1 salvo down the stretch that sealed the deal for them, 79-66. UST improved its record to 4-2 and keeps solo second behind the unbeaten FEU.

Samuel Marata and Kyles Lao led the Diliman-based squad tallying for 16 and 9 points, respectively. UP registered its sixth loss of the season and yet to find a win.


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