Tamaraws ground Falcons for first win in title defense

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 11, 2016 04:39 PM
Tamaraws ground Falcons for first win in title defense
WINNER'S CIRCLE. FEU will not be suffering through a losing streak to start their title defense.

Far Eastern University wasn’t going through a losing streak to begin their title defense in the 79th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Richard Escoto and Raymar Jose made sure of that as their combined 24 points and 17 rebounds together with a balanced attack were more than enough for the Tamaraws to drag down upstart Adamson University, 75-65, on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Coming off a tournament-opening defeat, the defending champions counted five players who scored at least five points, including former Soaring Falcons Axel Inigo and Kimlee Bayquin. “I actually have to thank Adamson because they (Inigo and Bayquin) helped us a lot,” coach Nash Racela said of his little-known wards.

Still, the contest was close and the tally was tied at 34 early in the third before FEU detonated an 18-8 charge that catapulted them on tip, 53-42. During what turned out to be the pivotal push, six different players contributed in the scoring column for them.

Adamson wasn’t giving up just yet as Rob Manalang’s triple decreased their deficit to only 59-66 inside the last three minutes. Inigo and Jojo Trinidad scored four unanswered points, however, to put the game out of reach for the Tamaraws.

Inigo wound up with 13 points while Bayquin had nine points to his name to help FEU get off the ground and improve to 1-1.

For the Falcons, it was still Jerrick Ahanmisi who topped the scoring column with 19 points. However, the loss dropped them into a tie in the standings with their conquerors.

BOX SCORES

FEU 75 – Inigo 13, Escoto 13, Jose 11, Bayquin 9, Arong 7, Holmqvist 5, Orizu 3, Nunag 3, Tuffin 3, Dennison 2, Trinidad 2, Comboy 2, Bienes 2, Ebona 0, Denila 0

ADAMSON 65 – Ahanmisi 19, Sarr 11, Mustre 10, Manalang 8, Manganti 6, Espeleta 4, Camacho 3, Pasturan 2, Ochea 2, Tungcab 0, Ng 0, Bernardo 0

QUARTER SCORES: 13-14, 32-28, 53-45, 75-65

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