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Mark Nonoy, Deo Cuajao bid UST farewell as La Salle transfer looms

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Two more Growling Tigers have left University of Santo Tomas. 

Incoming sophomores Mark Nonoy and Deo Cuajao bid the school farewell, Sunday evening.

This as according to multiple sources closely monitoring the situation, UST has decided not to endorse Aldin Ayo’s appeal to lower his indefinite banishment sanction made by the University of Athletic Association of the Philippines early in the afternoon.

And the two went on social media to express their heartfelt gratitude to the school.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako ng buong puso sa buong UST community, na binigyan nyo po ako ng opportunity na ipakita po kung anong galing meron ako and I’m very thankful sa lahat ng coaching staff lalong-lalo na po sa kay coach Aldin Ayo na nagtiwalang kumuha sakin mula sa province to manila at nagbigay sakin ng kumpiyansa pag dating sa court at sa pag guide nya sa akin kahit off the court upang maging mabuting tao.

“Habambuhy ko tatanawin ang utang na loob ko po sa kanya kasi kung hndi dahil sa kanya wala po ako sa kinatatayuan ko ngayon. Maraming salamat po sa lahat ng coaches at managers po lalo na kay boss Jimmy Lim ng Ironcon na laging nandyan to support us every game at nagbibigay ng lahat ng kailangan namin. Sa buong ust community na walang katulad sa pagcheer nyo po sa amin na nagbibigay lakas at inspirasyon sa akin sa bawat laro hinding-hindi ko po kayo malilimutan. Napakabigat man para sa loob ko, kinakailangan ko ng katiyakan sa aking career para makapagfocus ulit sa basketball,” said the 20-year-old Nonoy, who won Rookie of the Year honors in Season 82.

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“Ang dami kong natutunan sa kanila at minolde nila ang aking pagktao. Hanggang sa huli, umaasa akong magkakaron ng linaw at maayus na patutunguhan ang team despite sa lahat ng pinagdaraanan namin. Mabigat man ang loob ko, kinakailangan ko na talaga mag disisyon at maghanap ng katiyakan para sa career ko dahil dito ko binubuo ang pangarap ko para sa pamilya ko,” expressed 19-year-old Cuajao, Nonoy’s batchmate.

“Ilang araw na hindi ako makatulog kasi napamahal na ang team sakin lalo na si coach Aldin na nagbigay sakin ng break at kumpyansa. Ang tanging hangad ko lang ay maglaro ng basketball kaya ang hirap talaga mag decide. Habambuhay kong tatanawin ang utang na loob na ito.”

Nonoy is a 5-foot-8 native of La Carlota, Negros Occidental. He wowed during his only year in UST, posting norms of 11.11 points, 3.83 rebounds, and 2.78 assists per game.

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Though totaling just 13 points in his first season with UST, Cuajao — a 6-foot-1 swingman out of Midsayap, North Cotabato — proved his worth in the PBA D-League. There, he posted numbers of 17.5 points on 56.3-percent shooting from distance in two games played.

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Nonoy, a product of UST High, averaged 8.0 points, 6.5 assists, and 4.0 rebounds in the same tournament.

Both Nonoy and Cuajao are expected to formalize their transfer to De La Salle University on Monday.

“Dahil ilang weeks na akong binabagabag ng kung ano ang kahihinatnan ng atin team. Ano man natutunan ko sa UST dadalhin ko yan habambuhay saan man ako mapunta. Akin po munang kokonsultahin ang aking pamilya para sa mga susunod na hakbang na aming gagawin,” said Nonoy.

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“Handa na ako sa bagong hamon para sa career ko sa basketball. Pero ang masisigurado ko lang kung ano man ang mga pinag hirapan ko sa UST dodoblehin ko para makatulong ako sa anumang school na lilipatan ko,” expressed Cuajao.

“Thank you UST community.”

With this, the only holdovers from the silver medal-finish Growling Tigers from last season are reigning MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo, Dave Ando, Sherwin Concepcion, and Migs Pangilinan.

In the midst of the Bicol bubble probe, CJ Cansino transferred to UP; Rhenz Abando, Ira Bataller, and Brent Paraiso transferred to Letran; and Jun Asuncion transferred to Mapua.

Ayo and assistant coaches McJour Luib and Jinino Manansala resigned from their posts last September 4.

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