FEU fends off EAC; forges duel for top-seed vs San Sebastian

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 07, 2017 05:44 PM
FEU fends off EAC; forges duel for top-seed vs San Sebastian
TOP OF THE HEAP. Impressive thus far, FEU has a golden opportunity for the top-seed.

New Far Eastern University head coach Olsen Racela is using the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament to test just how prepared both himself and his players are.

And so far, the young Tamaraws have been up to the task.

Brandrey Bienes was the lone scorer in double-digits, but FEU’s team effort proved to be more than enough against still dangerous Emilio Aguinaldo College, 68-61, on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Bienes finished with 10 points to his name and had six other teammates contribute at least six points. “This is a good experience for me to know kung sino talagang maaasahan ko every game,” Racela expressed after his squad rose to 6-1.

Newcomers RJ Ramirez and Arvin Tolentino added nine points each to help FEU overcome a slow start. “Naging passive kami sa simula ngayon, pero at least, nakuha pa rin namin yung panalo,” Racela said.

The Tamaraws found themselves behind by four after the opening salvo until Ramirez imposed his will on both ends to spur them to a 37-25 advantage in the middle quarters.

Still, the Generals were threatening at 61-66 with 67 ticks to go before the FEU defense stiffened up and Ramirez’ slash to score wrapped up their third win in a row.

At 6-1, Racela and his boys are tied with San Sebastian College-Recoletos for first-place in Group B.

The two teams wage war for the top-seed on Monday. “Definitely, we will be going for number one,” the Tamaraws’ mentor expressed.

Sidney Onwubere paced EAC with 11 points. Still adjusting to the absence of man in the middle Hamadou Laminou, however, they fell to 2-5.

Already out of contention, they will still try to end the preseason with a bang when they take on winless Mapua University a week from today.

BOX SCORES

FEU 68 – Bienes 10, Ramirez 9, Tolentino 9, Orizu 7, Escoto 7, Trinidad 7, Inigo 6, Tuffin 5, Ebona 3, Parker 2, Comboy 2, Nunag 1, Bayquin 0, Stockton 0, Denila 0

EAC 61 – Onwubere 11, Garcia 10, Diego 8, Tampoc 8, Bautista 5, Bugarin 5, Munsayac 4, Corilla 4, Pascua 3, Mendoza J 3, Mendoza I 0, Altiche 0, Guzman 0, Gonzales 0

QUARTER SCORES: 15-19, 31-27, 52-44, 68-61

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