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2014 University of Sto Tomas UAAP Men’s Basketball Primer

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Vengeance

2013 Roster:
Karim Abdul, Clark Daniel Bautista, Eduardo Daquioag, Jr., Jeepy Faundo, Kevin Ferrer, Roberto Hainga, Kent Jefferson Lao, Kim Kaizen Lo, Jan Cornelius Macasaet, Edcor Marata, Jr., Aljon Mariano, Paulo Lorenzo Pe, Sheak Sheriff, Jr., Brian James So, Robin Allan Tan and Jeric Allen Teng

Season 76 Standing:
2nd Place (Regular Season: 10-4, 4th)

Pomp and Circumstance:
Jeric Allen Teng, Clark Daniel Bautista, Edcor Marata, Brian So, Robin Tan and Coach Pido Jarencio 

Stats Don’t Lie:
Lost 22.66 PPG, 3.66 APG, 7.99 RPG and 1 SPG

Returns and Additions:
Regie Basibas, Levi dela Cruz, Alfren Gayosa, Raymart Sablan, Renzo Subido and Louie Vigil

Projected 2014 Depth Chart:

CKarim Abdul (4th)Paolo Pe (5th)Jeepy Faundo (2nd)Ray Sablan (1st)
FAljon Mariano (4th)Kent Lao (3rd)Jon Macasaet (2nd)
FKevin Ferrer (4th)Kim Lo (5th)Alfren Gayosa (1st)
GEd Daquioag (4th)Louie Vigil (3rd)Regie Basibas (1st)
GRenzo Subido (1st)Sheak Sheriff (3rd)Levi dela Cruz (1st)Janrey Garrido (1st)

Pre-Season Standing:
Father Martin’s Cup
2nd Place, Lost to the University of Perpetual Help Delta System Atlas

The Wire Says:

Classy move by the Green Archers but imagine this chant, the infectious GO USTE cheer, chanted by Thomasians at their UAAP championship celebration on their grounds. If only.

Deep vengeance is the daughter of deep silence – Vittorio Alfieri

The UAAP Season 76 Finals series was a classic, maybe even one of the best ever. However, on the flipside, one of our partners, who works in UST, described the emotional toll the loss inflicted on the entire community:

“Pare ang sakit. Kala namin amin na. Up na ng 1-0 natalo pa. Lahat kami ready na pati sila Coach Pido. Parang fiesta na nga ang feel nung practice nila for game 2 e. Nung natalo nung game 2, isip naming kaya pa. Pero pagkatapos ng game 3 masakit. Mula football field hanggang sa ospital ramdam ang lungkot ng mga taga-UST.”

A writer for the Varsitarian even remembers every single play from those final 15 minutes of Game 3. AND THAT WAS EIGHT MONTHS AGO!

Deep Silence

The Tigers kept quiet over summer with the team joining only the Father Martin’s Cup. From what we heard, Karim Abdul, Aljon Mariano and Kevin Ferrer had solid outings during the entire tournament. They fell short to former Growling Tigers head coach Aric del Rosario’s team in the FMC Finals. All in all, however, it was a solid outing for UST.

Deep Rotation
On to the present, we at the Wire, even the entire TieBreaker Times staff, believe that the Growling Tigers have built a strong team for this season.

It’s hard to replace a Jeric Teng (S76: 14.92 PPG) but we believe in the rotation of Ed Daquioag and Louie Vigil. Loiue Vigil is what Boom Gonzales called a hugot in Season 75. When Jeric Teng was nursing an injury, Vigil was solid both on D and on offense. Ed Daquioag was also amazing last year when Jeric Teng was out with an injury. Who could forget his baseline dunk against the Blue Eagles in the first round? He just went up, and up, and up then BAM!

Deep Vengeance
But if there’s one guy who’s out for blood this season, it has to be Aljon Mariano. He was way too criticized after Game 3 for taking what was supposed to be the game-winning shot after going 0 of 9 prior to that, and for the costly turnover that changed the entire season. We feel sorry for him, but now, it’s time for vengeance, Aljon.

Parting Shot
Thank goodness Renzo Subido finally picked a team to suit-up for. And lastly, we already miss you Coach Pido! We hope that someday we could grab a cold one with you.

BONUS ROUND:
Kristelle Batchelor
Philippine Sports News - Tiebreaker Times 2014 University of Sto Tomas UAAP Men’s Basketball Primer News

Predicted Ranking
Editor-in-Chief: 6th
TieBreaker Times Staff: 3rd

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