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Ong cherishes UST's overachieving season despite bittersweet ending

By Kevin Estrada

PASAY CITY -- UST head coach Haydee Ong was sad that their quest for their twelfth UAAP crown ended in a bittersweet way, as UE stopped them in their tracks Saturday afternoon in their knockout game.

"Of course we're very sad that we didn't make it to the finals. But again, I told the team it's a one hell of a season for us," she said almost an hour after their 62-69 setback ended the Tigeresses' campaign in third place.

She then minced no words at the officiating that she thinks as inconsistent, noting the disparity of the calls they make on both sides of the floor that became a catalyst in their late-game meltdown.

"They gave 35 free throws, as opposed to 19 for us. May mga fouls na hinahatak na players ko at hinahawak na yung mga jersey and they were not calling pero sa amin manipis. So, kumbaga kinontrol ng referee yung game," Ong later added.

Despite the spotty calls, she said that the Tigresses have done better more than what the season preview suggests, as Sai Larosa was included in the Mythical five for the year.

"We have overachieved. It's an honor for me. It's been a while na may member ng mythical five na taga-UST."

With the graduation of key cogs such as Anjel Anies and Jem Angeles, she hopes that they are rebuilding the right way.

"It's a great run, and we'll come back next season," Ong concluded.

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