Go USTe! Pido Jarencio ecstatic as Growling Tigers return to UAAP Finals
MANILA, Philippines–It was a good night for coach Pido Jarencio as his current and former teams bagged pivotal victories Wednesday night.
Fresh from NorthPort’s 102-94 victory over top team NLEX in the PBA Governors’ Cup, the former UST mentor also celebrated the Growling Tigers’ return to the UAAP Finals.
Before ended his post-game interview, Jarencio belted out the iconic “Go USTe!” chant and congratulated UST, which conquered a twice-to-beat disadvantage against University of the Philippines to enter the finals against Ateneo.
– Coach Pido after Northport’s win vs. NLEX
— PBA (@pbaconnect) November 13, 2019
UST survived UP, 68-65, in the knockout game at Mall of Asia Arena.
Incidentally, Jarencio was the coach of the Growling Tigers when they faced the Blue Eagles in the UAAP Finals in 2006. He led the team to a Cinderella run to the championship in just his first year at the helm.
This year’s Growling Tigers are also in the middle of a magical playoff run, rising from No. 4 in the stepladder and overcoming three knockout games to reach the finals.
NorthPort, meanwhile, boosted its playoff chances by ending the Road Warriors’ five-game winning run.
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