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UP coach Perasol lauds 'very tough' UST Growling Tigers

MANILA, Philippines – Very few gave University of Santo Tomas (UST) much of a chance in the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament, not after another tumultuous summer that saw the departure of several key players.

Yet there they were on opening weekend, giving a promising University of the Philippines (UP) squad all it could handle before the Growling Tigers fell in the final seconds of the contest.

The UST Growling Tigers impressed UP coach Bo Perasol. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports
It took a clutch three-pointer from Paul Desiderio with 1.4 seconds left to push the Fighting Maroons to a 74-73 victory over the dribblers from España in their first game of the season.

UST's superb effort – which included a rally from 11 points down to take a late lead in the fourth period – earned praise from UP coach Bo Perasol.

"That UST team is very tough," said Perasol of the Growling Tigers, who were pegged as a rebuilding team heading into Season 80, especially after the departure of players Louie Vigil, Renzo Subido, Embons Bonleon, and Jan Sheriff.

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/09/10/17/up-coach-perasol-lauds-very-tough-ust-growling-tigers

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