FEU leans on experience, balanced attack to beat UP

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 20, 2015 07:30 PM
FEU leans on experience, balanced attack to beat UP
EXPERIENCE PAYS OFF. The veteran smarts of FEU definitely showed against UP.

Everyone at the Araneta Coliseum was expecting a highlight when Agustini Amar whipped a no-look pass to a streaking Cheick Kone in transition.

Instead, what they got was an inexplicable attempt at a lay-up that perfectly illustrated the difference in experience between Far Eastern University and University of the Philippines in the UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Tamaraws leaned on the intact core that brought them to last year’s Finals for a 75-58 triumph against the Fighting Maroons on Sunday.

Boosted by an unusual jam-packed crowd, the upstart season hosts forced their way into a 43-40 lead late in the third. It was at that point that RR Pogoy took over by scoring five points in a 11-0 charge that gave the lead for FEU, 51-43.

Raymar Jose then barged his way into the action by pounding in an inside three-point play to punctuate a 13-6 surge that ballooned the Tamaraw advantage to as high as 16, 65-49, with two minutes remaining.

Four FEU players ended in double-digits led by 11 apiece from Jose and Mike Tolomia.

Talking about the all-around effort that moved them into a first-place tie at 3-1, coach Nash Racela said, “This is the ideal stat line for us. May balance talaga.”

Jett Manuel and Diego Dario scored 13 of their 26 points in the final frame, but State U was just unable to keep up with their veteran opponents to suffer a second straight setback after a 2-0 start.

BOX SCORES

FEU 75 - Tolomia 11, Jose 11, Iñigo 10, Pogoy 10, Orizu 8, Aring 7, Belo 5, Ru. Escoto 5, Tamsi 5, Ri. Escoto 2, Comboy 1, Dennison 0, Trinidad 0.

UP 58 - Manuel 16, Dario 10, Desiderio 9, Lim 8, Harris 3, Juruena 3, Longa 3, Asilum 2, Kone 2, Moralde 2, Amar 0, Gallarza 0, Jaboneta 0, Prado 0, Vito 0, Webb 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 13-8, 28-29, 51-45, 75-58.

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