UST Growling Tigers men's basketball

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UST Growling Tigers
2015 UST Growling Tigers season
UST Growling Tigers logo
Leagues UAAP, Filoil Flying V League
Founded 1924
History UST Glowing Goldies
(1924–1992)
UST Growling Tigers
(1992–present)
Team colors Gold, white, and black
              
Head coach Rodil Sablan
Championships 20 titles

The UST Growling Tigers men's basketball is the intercollegiate men's basketball program of the University of Santo Tomas. The Growling Tigers have won 19 men's basketball titles including one National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship. It is one of the winningest team in University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men's basketball, tied with UE Red Warriors, with 18 titles. The Growling Tigers also participate in Millennium Basketball League Invitational. The team is currently coached by Rodil "Boy" Sablan.[1]

History[edit]

Glowing Goldies era[edit]

The basketball team was previously known as UST Glowing Goldies until 1992.[2][3] The team won one NCAA championship in 1930. UST then withdrew permanently in NCAA in 1936 and founded UAAP in 1938.[4] Upon the resumption of the UAAP games after the Pacific War, the Goldies were in every championship match from 1946 up to 1956. From 1964 to 1971, the team met the UE Red Warriors eight times in a championship match, with the Red Warriors winning seven encounters.[5]

In the 50th season of UAAP in 1987, the team's Fedencio Oblina was found to be ineligible as he failed his National College Entrance Examinations (NCEE). The board then forfeited all of UST's win where Oblina played, with the Goldies going from a 6–3 record (tied for third) to a 2–7 record, at seventh place ahead of winless NU Bulldogs. The forfeitures benefited Adamson, Ateneo and FEU. Ateneo found themselves at the top of the standings with an 8–1 record. A source of the Manila Standard newspaper confirmed that while Oblina failed the NCEE twice, he passed it in 1985.[6] The UAAP Board then confirmed that Oblina has been meted with a lifetime ban.[7]

UAAP Final Four era[edit]

"Re-live '96 at Season '69!": The Thomasian crowd at the deciding game of the Season 69 men's basketball finals.

The UAAP introduced a new tournament format known as Final Four in UAAP Season 56. At its first year of implementation includes a four-year run as champions,[8] from the 1993–94 season, where Growling Tigers swept the elimination round with an immaculate 14–0 record (automatic champions), up to the 1996–97 season,[9] where they defeated the De La Salle Green Archers for the third consecutive time in a Finals series. The Tigers were led by coach Aric del Rosario from the 1992–93 season up to the 2003–04 season.[10]

In 2006, the Tigers defeated the Blue Eagles of the Ateneo de Manila University to win their eighteenth UAAP men's title, and their first since the 1996 season.[9] Former Glowing Goldie Alfredo Jarencio piloted UST to the championship as a rookie coach.[3][11] In 2013 season, the Tigers, led by Jarencio, became the first and only #4 rank team to beat #1 seed since the implementation of Final Four in UAAP.[12] The team defeated top-seeded NU Bulldogs twice in semifinals to face La Salle in Finals after 14 years since 1999.[13]

Rivalries[edit]

De La Salle Green Archers[edit]

The rivalry between De La Salle Green Archers and the UST Growling Tigers is contested at the UAAP. Both were known for their numerous basketball championship matches in the 1990s, with UST winning four straight titles[8] at the expense of the Green Archers. Prior to La Salle joining the UAAP the two schools met in the championship during 1948–1949 season of the National Seniors Open, a yearly tournament of top collegiate and commercial teams in the country. La Salle defeated UST in overtime to win the title.[14]

The rivalry began on consecutive Finals series in men's basketball between the two schools in the 1990s, with UST winning each time, capping a four-year championship run.[8] La Salle was defeated three consecutive years in the Finals (1994-1996) until 1998 when La salle defeated UST in the semifinals to begin their own four-year championship run, including a 1999 series against UST in which the Tigers won game 1. La Salle bounced back defeating UST in overtime for the 1999 UAAP title. Their basketball rivalry diminished in latter years due to UST's decline. The Game 1 finals victory was their last against La Salle until 2007 when UST won in overtime; at this point, UST's basketball program regressed, but they won in 2006 when La Salle was suspended after admitting they had unknowingly fielded two ineligible players.[15] La Salle would then win all games until 2011. La Salle defeated UST in overtime in the 2013 UAAP basketball championship.

Since 1988, La Salle leads the men's basketball rivalry 31–26, although they're tied at playoff games 8–8. If the forfeited games are reversed, the head-to-head record is 37–20 for La Salle.

UE Red Warriors[edit]

The UST–UE rivalry began once the UE Red Warriors became contenders during the mid-1960s to early 1970s, an almost a decade dominated by the Red Warriors. The Glowing Goldies met the Red Warriors eight times in the Finals of the basketball tournament, with the latter winning seven encounters. It is the longest finals appearance between two teams in the UAAP history.[5] In 1967, both teams ended up co-champions in the UAAP, a testament to the fierce rivalry between UST and UE. Notable players at the emergence of this rivalry were Goldies' forward Danilo Florencio and Warriors' Robert Jaworski.[16]

The last playoff meeting between the teams was a deciding semifinal game in the 69th season of UAAP in 2006, with UE holding a twice-to-beat advantage. Tigers won the game with 1-point lead and have sealed their bid to face Ateneo in the Finals.[17]

Season-by-season records[edit]

1987 to 1992[edit]

  • 1987 — 7th place
  • 1988 — 7th place
  • 1989 — 7th place
  • 1990 — 5th place
  • 1991 — 3rd place
  • 1992 — 4th place

UAAP Final Four era[edit]

Season Eliminations Playoffs results
Finish GP W L PCT
Januario "Aric" del Rosario (1993–2003)
1993–94 1st 14 14 0 1.000 Automatic champions
1994–95 3rd 12 8 4 .667 Won semifinals (UE 87–81, 83–74)
Won Finals (La Salle 2–1)
1995–96 1st 14 11 3 .786 Won semifinals (FEU 65–76, 74–68)
Won Finals (La Salle 2–1)
1996–97 2nd 14 10 4 .714 Won semifinals (UP 63–56)
Won Finals (La Salle 2–0)
1997–98 2nd 14 10 4 .714 Lost semifinals (La Salle 73–82, 72–74)
1998–99 T–4th 14 7 7 .500 Won 4th-seed playoff (UP 80–72)
Lost semifinals (La Salle 51–55, 51–56)
1999–2000 T–1st 14 11 3 .786 Lost 1st-seed playoff (La Salle 79–84)
Won semifinals (Ateneo 85–84)
Lost Finals (La Salle 1–2)
2000–01 T–4th 14 8 6 .571 Won 4th-seed playoff (UE 65–61)
Lost semifinals (La Salle 62–65)
2001–02 T–6th 14 6 8 .429
2002–03 4th 14 8 6 .571 Lost semifinals (La Salle 84–97)
2003–04 T–5th 14 5 9 .357
Aric del Rosario 152 98 54 .645 Playoffs: 26 games (14–12 win–loss record)
Reonel "Nel" Parado (2004–2005)
2004–05 7th 14 4 10 .286
2005–06 6th 14 4 10 .286
Reonel Parado 28 8 20 .286 Playoffs: did not qualify at all
Alfredo "Pido" Jarencio (2006–2013)
2006–07 T–3rd 12 6 6 .500 Won 3rd-seed playoff (Adamson 85–71)
Won semifinals (UE 79–75, 82–81)
Won Finals (Ateneo 2–1)
2007–08 T–4th 14 8 6 .571 Won 4th-seed playoff (FEU 80–69)
Lost the first round (Ateneo 64–69)
2008–09 5th 14 6 8 .429
2009–10 4th 14 6 8 .429 Lost semifinals (Ateneo 64–81)
2010–11 7th 14 4 10 .286
2011–12 4th 14 8 6 .571 Lost semifinals (Ateneo 66–69)
2012–13 2nd 14 10 4 .714 Won semifinals (NU 63–57)
Lost Finals (Ateneo 0–2)
2013–14 4th 14 8 6 .571 Won semifinals (NU 71–62, 76–69)
Lost Finals (La Salle 1–2)
Pido Jarencio 110 56 54 .509 Playoffs: 18 games (10–8 win–loss record)
Segundo "Bong" dela Cruz (2014–2015)
2014–15 6th 14 5 9 .357
2015–16 1st 14 11 3 .786 Won semifinals (NU 64–55)
Lost Finals vs FEU (1–2)
Bong dela Cruz 28 16 12 .571 Playoffs: 4 games (2–2 win–loss record)
Rodil "Boy" Sablay (2016–present)
2016-17 8th 14 3 11 .214
Boy Sablay 14 3 11 .214 Playoffs: 0 games (0–0 win–loss record)
Eliminations 332 181 151 .545 14 playoff appearances
Playoffs and Finals 48 26 22 .542 8 Finals appearances
Overall record 366 204 162 .557 5 championships
Legend:
     Champion
     Second place
     Third place
     UST as season host

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

UST Growling Tigers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight Playing yr. High School
PF 5 Philippines Basibas, Regie Boy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
2nd
PG 6 Canada Sheriff Jr., Sheak Jamil J. 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) 145 lb (66 kg) 5th Vaughan
F 7 Philippines Strait, Jason 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
1st Arellano
PG 8 Philippines De Guzman, Oliver 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
1st NSNU
PG 9 Philippines Lee, Dean Marvin M. 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
2nd FEU Diliman
PG 10 Philippines Subido, Henri Lorenzo P. 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 135 lb (61 kg) 3rd La Salle-Zobel
F 11 Philippines Caunan, Enrique Jr. P. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
2nd Letran
PF 12 Philippines Macasaet, Jon 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 3rd San Sebastian
PF 13 Philippines Huang, Zachary Lance Eden T. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
2nd SHS-Ateneo de Cebu
G/F 14 Philippines Bonleon, Mario Emmanuel Jr. T. 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
2nd La Salle Green Hills
C 15 Philippines Faundo, Jeepy C. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 4th JRU
F 16 Philippines Araña, Justin P. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
2nd Baroda NHS
C 17 Ghana Afoakwah, William 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
1st
SG 18 Philippines Vigil, Louie Philippe V. (C) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 5th Jose Rizal
F 19 Philippines Lao, Kent Jefferson S. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 5th St. Stephen's
C 20 Philippines Tateshi, Tsutomu 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1st Ateneo de Davao
Head coach
  • Philippines Boy Sablan
Assistant coach(es)
Strength and conditioning coach(es)
  • Philippines Kris Anthony Agarao

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Team depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1
C Jeepy Faundo
PF Rich Maroga
SF Kent Lao Zachary Huang
SG Louie Vigil Mario Bonleon
PG Renzo Subido