FEU bests NU in showdown of UAAP powerhouses
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 26, 2017 03:41 PM
KNOW IT ALL. FEU is a lot younger than it has been in recent years, but still has a lot of experience in its side.
Ron Dennison remains the only battle-tested veteran, but Far Eastern University just proved on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre that it has all the poise and presence needed to pull out a win.
Three different Tamaraws scored in a 7-0 finishing kick that turned out to be the knockout blow for an 87-77 decision against National University in a heavyweight bout that lived up to its billing.
“It’s a well-played game today against a UAAP team like NU,” a more than satisfied head coach Olsen Racela said after he and his boys registered their third consecutive victory to begin the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament.
FEU was already nursing a 10-point lead, 81-71, inside the last three minutes before J-Jay Alejandro rallied the Bulldogs to within four points.
Racela sued for time to regroup his troops who then immediately responded with a well-executed play that ended with Prince Orizu dunking the ball. “I was pretty confident na malalagpasan ng players ko yun,” Racela expressed.
A layup by RJ Ramirez and a triple by Kenneth Tuffin then put the finishing touches on the Tamaraws’ big-time win.
Newcomer Ramirez topped the scoring column with 15 points to go along with five assists and three steals.
Team captain Dennison contributed 12 points, six assists, and five rebounds while transferee Arvin Tolentino added 12 markers of his own.
For NU, Sudenese Issa Gaye showed the way with 14 points and nine rebounds. Scoreless in the last minute and 30 seconds, however, they suffered their second setback in five games.
FEU 88 – Ramirez 15, Dennison 12, Tolentino 12, Cani 9, Bienes 8, Escoto 8, Orizu 8, Comboy 7, Tuffin 4, Inigo 3, Parker 2, Ebona 0, Trinidad 0, Bayquin 0
NU 77 – Gaye 14, Morido 12, Alejandro 11, Salem 11, Tibayan 9, Bartlett 4, Yu 4, Diputado 4, Aquino 2, Rangel 2, Lastimosa 2, Mosqueda 2, Abatayo 0, Galvelo 0
QUARTER SCORES: 26-26, 46-45, 67-62, 88-77
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