UST Growling Tigers men's basketball

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UST Growling Tigers
UST Growling Tigers logo
Leagues UAAP, Filoil Flying V League
Founded 1924
History UST Glowing Goldies
UST Growling Tigers
Team colors Gold, white, and black
Head coach Philippines Bong dela Cruz

20 titles

Further information: UST Growling Tigers

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 Bong dela Cruz.


Glowing Goldies era[edit]

The basketball team was previously known as UST Glowing Goldies until 1992.[1][2] The team won one NCAA championship in 1930. UST then withdrew permanently in NCAA in 1936 and founded UAAP in 1938.[3] 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.[4]

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 on 1985.[5] The UAAP Board then confirmed that Oblina has been meted with a lifetime ban.[6]

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,[7] 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,[8] 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.[9]

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.[8] Former Glowing Goldie Alfredo Jarencio piloted UST to the championship as a rookie coach.[2][10] In 2013 season, the Tigers, lead by Jarencio, became the first and only #4 rank team to beat #1 seed since the implementation of Final Four in UAAP.[11] The team defeated top-seeded NU Bulldogs twice in semifinals to face La Salle in Finals after 14 years since 1999.[12]


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[7] 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.[13]

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.[7] 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.[14] La Salle would then win all games until 2011. La Salle defeated UST in the UAAP basketball Finals in 2013.

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.[4] 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.[15]

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.[16]

Season-by-season records[edit]

1987 to 1992[edit]

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

UAAP Final Four era[edit]

Season Eliminations Playoffs results
Finish GP W L PCT
Januario "Aric" del Rosario (1993–2004)
1993–94 1st 14 14 0 1.000 Automatic champions
1994–95 3rd 12 8 4 .667 Won in semifinals (UE 87–81, 83–74)
Won in Finals (La Salle 2–1)
1995–96 1st 14 11 3 .786 Won in semifinals (FEU 65–76, 74–68)
Won in Finals (La Salle 2–1)
1996–97 2nd 14 10 4 .714 Won in semifinals (UP 63–56)
Won in Finals (La Salle 2–0)
1997–98 2nd 14 10 4 .714 Lost in semifinals (La Salle 73–82, 72–74)
1998–99 T–4th 14 7 7 .500 Won in 4th-seed playoff (UP 80–72)
Lost in semifinals (La Salle 51–55, 51–56)
1999–2000 T–1st 14 11 3 .786 Lost in 1st-seed playoff (La Salle 79–84)
Won in semifinals (Ateneo 85–84)
Lost in Finals (La Salle 1–2)
2000–01 T–4th 14 8 6 .571 Won in 4th-seed playoff (UE 65–61)
Lost in semifinals (La Salle 62–65)
2001–02 T–6th 14 6 8 .429 Did not qualify
2002–03 4th 14 8 6 .571 Lost in semifinals (La Salle 84–97)
2003–04 T–5th 14 5 9 .357 Did not qualify
Aric del Rosario 152 98 54 .645 Playoffs: 26 games (14–12 win–loss record)
Reonel Parado (2004–2006)
2004–05 7th 14 4 10 .286 Did not qualify
2005–06 6th 14 4 10 .286 Did not qualify
Reonel Parado 28 8 20 .286 Playoffs: did not qualify at all
Alfredo "Pido" Jarencio (2006–2014)
2006–07 T–3rd 12 6 6 .500 Won 3rd-seed playoff (Adamson 85–71)
Won in semifinals (UE 79–75, 82–81)
Won in Finals (Ateneo 2–1)
2007–08 T–4th 14 8 6 .571 Won 4th-seed playoff (FEU 80–69)
Lost in the first round (Ateneo 64–69)
2008–09 5th 14 6 8 .429 Did not qualify
2009–10 4th 14 6 8 .429 Lost in semifinals (Ateneo 64–81)
2010–11 7th 14 4 10 .286 Did not qualify
2011–12 4th 14 8 6 .571 Lost in semifinals (Ateneo 66–69)
2012–13 2nd 14 10 4 .714 Won in semifinals (NU 63–57)
Lost in Finals (Ateneo 0–2)
2013–14 4th 14 8 6 .571 Won in semifinals (NU 71–62, 76–69)
Lost in Finals (La Salle 1–2)
Pido Jarencio 110 56 54 .509 Playoffs: 18 games (10–8 win–loss record)
Segundo "Bong" dela Cruz (2014–present)
2014–15 6th 14 5 9 .357 Did not qualify
Bong dela Cruz 14 5 9 .357 Playoffs: 0 games (0–0 win–loss record)
Eliminations 304 167 137 .549 14 playoff appearances
Playoffs and Finals 47 26 21 .553 8 Finals appearances
Overall record 351 193 158 .550 5 championships


Current roster[edit]

UST Growling Tigers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight Playing yr. High School
SF 5 Philippines Lo, Kim Kaizen G. 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 5th Saint Jude
PG 6 Canada Sheriff Jr., Sheak Jamil 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) 145 lb (66 kg) 3rd Vaughan
SF 7 Philippines Ferrer, Kevin M. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 4th Santo Tomas
SG 8 Philippines Daquioag, Eduardo Jr. D. 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 4th Benedictine
PF 10 Philippines Mariano, Aljon E. (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 5th San Beda
PF 11 Philippines Basibas, Reggie Boy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
PF 12 Philippines Macasaet, Jon 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 2nd San Sebastian
C 13 Philippines Pe, Paolo Lorenzo V. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 5th Ateneo de Manila
PF 14 Philippines Sablan, Raymart Angelo M. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Rookie UP Integrated School
C 15 Philippines Faundo, Jeepy C. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 2nd Jose Rizal
F 16 Philippines Gayosa, Alfren S. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Rookie San Sebastian
PG 17 Philippines Subido, Henri Lorenzo P. 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 135 lb (61 kg) Rookie De La Salle Zobel
SG 18 Philippines Vigil, Louie Philippe V. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 3rd Jose Rizal
PF 19 Philippines Lao, Kent Jefferson S. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 3rd St. Stephen's
C 20 Cameroon Abdul, Karim 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4th Sta. Clara
PG Philippines Dela Cruz, Levi
Rookie National
Head coach
  • Philippines Segundo dela Cruz
Assistant coach(es)
Team manager
  • Philippines Clarence Aytona
  • Philippines Timmy Chong
  • Philippines Rudy Yu
Strength and conditioning coach(es)
  • Philippines Emmanuel Calipes
  • Philippines Edwin Escobar
  • China Ming Liu

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured


Team depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Karim Abdul Paulo Pe Jeepy Faundo Jon Macasaet
PF Aljon Mariano Kent Lao Gelo Sablan
SF Kevin Ferrer Kim Lo Alfren Gayosa
SG Ed Daquioag Louie Vigil Reggie Basibas
PG Jamil Sheriff Renzo Subido Levi dela Cruz