Balanced Tamaraws pile onto woes of winless Chiefs

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 21, 2017 04:29 PM
Balanced Tamaraws pile onto woes of winless Chiefs
OPPOSITES. FEU is on a winning streak just as Arellano is on a losing skid.

With back-to-back wins to begin the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament, Olsen Racela is off to a strong start as the new head coach of Far Eastern University’s storied program.

Five Tamaraws connived to keep their mentor’s slate spotless thus far as they overwhelmed luckless Arellano University, 87-81, on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Prince Orizu topped the scoring column with 14 points to go along with seven rebounds and two blocks, but had more than enough help.

Indeed, a total of six FEU players wound up in double-digits in their climb to 2-0. “Ang sinabi ko namang goal, improvement every game. Yun ang nakita ko today, improving kami,” Racela said post-game.

Still, it wasn’t until the third when Racela’s boys broke the game open. Leaning on a balanced offensive, they poured in 34 points in the quarter to turn a slim one-point margin into a huge 72-58 advantage.

More than the offense, however, it was at the other end where Racela saw the key to their win. “Maganda adjustments namin, yung defense kay Salado,” he said.

For the Chiefs, Kent Salado showed the way with 22 points. However, they are yet to get on the win column after three games.

BOX SCORES

FEU 87 - Orizu 14, Ramirez 12, Cani 12, Parker 11, Escoto 10, Tolentino 10, Ebona 6, Bienes 5, Dennison 4, Tuffin 3, Comboy 0, Inigo 0, Nunag 0, Stockton 0

ARELLANO 81 - Salado 22, Nichols 12, Flores 11, Meca 11, Caneta 9, Enriquez 9, Aguilar 3, Concepcion 2, Rivera 2, Ongolo-Ongolo 0, Taywan 0, Cahigas 0, Padilla 0, Chavez 0, Juico 0, De Guzman 0, Villoria 0

QUARTER SCORES: 19-15, 38-37, 72-57, 87-81

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