Tolentino stars in Tamaraws’ trampling of Falcons
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 04, 2017 03:10 PM
STATEMENT. Arvin Tolentino played his best game in green and gold just as FEU scored its best win in the tournament.
Far Eastern University is back in the winners’ circle following their first loss in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament.
And their bounce back win just so happens to be their finest performance yet.
Holding hot-shooting Adamson University to less than 20 points in the first two quarters, the Tamaraws charged their way to an convincing 72-53 victory at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
Yet again taking full advantage of his team’s depth, head coach Olsen Racela got contributions from everyone from Prince Orizu to Jasper Parker for a defense that stifled their opponents to only 29 percent shooting.
No Soaring Falcon – not Jerrick Ahanmisi nor Papi Sarr – could get it going early on as FEU only gave up 18 points for all of the first two quarters. Still, Racela downplayed their defensive dominance in saying, “We just caught Adamson having a bad game.”
At the other end, Arvin Tolentino had his best outing in green and gold and poured in 17 points to go along with five rebounds in the first half alone. All praises for the transferee forward, Racela said, “We can see the potential in Arvin. Kailangan lang he has to have that focus all throughout.”
The Tamaraw lead increased to as much as 28, 52-24, as Orizu joined in on the fun with six points in the third quarter.
In the end, Tolentino had 22 alongside 10 rebounds to lead FEU in bouncing back now onto a 5-1 standing. Backstopping him were Orizu and Ron Dennison who scored eight points apiece.
Still, Racela was looking for more, of course. “Hindi ko pa rin naiintindihan kung bakit how we can play that bad against UP and then we play this great against Adamson,” Racela said
He then continued, “So hinahanap ko pa rin yung consistency talaga namin.”
Jerie Pingoy showed the way for Adamson with 13 points.
With top guns Ahanmisi and Sarr only accounting for nine points between them, however, they fell to 6-2.
FEU 72 – Tolentino 22, Dennison 8, Orizu 8, Inigo 7, Parker 5, Bienes 5, Escoto 4, Ramirez 3, Comboy 3, Trinidad 2, Nunag 2, Stockton 2, Ebona 1, Tuffin 0, Bayquin 0, Denila 0
ADAMSON 53 – Pingoy 13, Manganti 10, Camacho 7, Ahanmisi 5, Manalang 5, Sarr 4, Mustre 3, Vizcarra 3, Zaldivar 2, Ochea 1, Noble 0, Chua 0, Paranada 0, Frias 0
QUARTER SCORES: 20-11, 40-18, 57-38, 72-53
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