Tamaraws send tamed Tigers to unlucky 13th straight loss

Tamaraws send tamed Tigers to unlucky 13th straight loss
MORALE BOOSTER. Jasper Parker and FEU got a much-needed boost courtesy of a blowout of lowly UST.

Coming off back-to-back losses, Far Eastern University needed some sort of boost to once again get going in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Tamaraws got just that up against undermanned and underwhelming University of Sto. Tomas for a 96-70 laugher of a win at the Filoil Flying V Centre, Sunday.

At the losing end against Adamson University and De La Salle University in the last two games, the boys from Morayta showed a much-needed sense of urgency in this one.

FEU never trailed and never took its foot off the pedal en route to a much-needed bounce back win that improves its standing to 5-4. “Sinwerte lang kami na wala yung top two players nila – Akomo and Sta. Ana. It is what it is so good win for us,” head coach Olsen Racela said.

Jasper Parker and Ron Dennison caught fire from the get-go as they took full advantage of their opponents who did not have both Steve Akomo and Jordan Sta. Ana due to illness and injury, respectively.

Those two boosted their team to a 44-18 start.

At the half, the Tamaraw bench had 27 points all to themselves – matching the output of all their opponents.

Their lead would only increase to as much as 66-30 in the third quarter with Axel Inigo joining in on the fun with a nifty layup.

In all, Parker and Dennison combined for 19 points, nine assists, seven rebounds, and two steals while Kenneth Tuffin and Arvin Tolentino scored 14 and 13 points, respectively.

All of FEU were on-point as they counted 15 players who contributed in the scoring column. “Maganda ang shooting namin today and more than that, I like our unselfishness,” Racela said.

With the win, the boys from Morayta pushed to the brink of elimination their nearby rivals from Espana.

Oliver De Guzman and Jeepy Faundo each had 17 points to top the scoring column for them.

Now at 0-9, the Tigers reset their worst start to the season since 1994. They have now lost 13 games in a row dating back to a season ago.

With one more loss in this tournament, they will be ousted from contention.

BOX SCORES

FEU 96 - Tuffin 14, Tolentino 13, Parker 10, Dennison 9, Comboy 8, Ebona 8, Nunag 8, Cani 6, Escoto 5, Orizu 4, Trinidad 4, Ramirez 3, Inigo 2, Bienes 1, Stockton 1, Bayquin 0.

UST 70 - De Guzman 17, Faundo 17, Caunan 12, Lee 9, Macasaet 7, Huang 4, Basibas 2, Romero 2, Kwawukumey 0, Escalambre 0, Garcia 0, Soriano 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 29-16, 53-27, 81-46, 96-70.

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