Tamaraws bounce back, add to woes of winless Warriors

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 18, 2016 07:05 PM
Tamaraws bounce back, add to woes of winless Warriors
ALL BUSINESS. Monbert Arong and FEU took care of business to get back on track in their title defense.

Missing two key cogs, Far Eastern University needed even more extra effort to avoid a losing skid this early in their title defense in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

And so, Raymar Jose just went right to work with an 11-point, 22-rebound double-double to power the Tamaraws right through University of the East, 67-59, on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Coming off a bitter defeat the last time around, the defending champions took control from the opening tip and established a 10-point lead at halftime. “It’s a test of character for us,” coach Nash Racela said of his wards to improve to 2-2.

Still, the Red Warriors kept coming and were still threatening at 59-62 inside the last two minutes until Wil Bartolome’s elbow combo to Ron Dennison did them in. The disqualifying foul awarded two free throws plus ball possession to FEU.

Jojo Trinidad converted his charities and Monbert Arong made good on a short stab to keep UE at bay, once and for all. Nothing but proud of the all-out effort of his boys, Racela said, “We were able to do it without our two rotation players. We are happy that a lot of guys stepped up for us.”

Indeed, Arong scored a season-high 16 points while Axel Inigo added 11 markers to fill in the voids left behind by injured Wendell Comboy and Richard Escoto.

The Tamaraws’ extra effort paid off big-time in both ends with a 53-38 advantage in rebounding all while shutting down their opponents into 29.6 percent shooting.

Mark Olayon had 12 points to pace the Warriors who are yet to barge into the win column after three tries.

BOX SCORES

FEU 67 – Arong 16, Inigo 12, Jose 11, Bayquin 6, Dennison 5, Trinidad 4, Holmqvist 4, Ebona 4, Tuffin 3, Orizu 2, Bienes 0

UE 59 – Olayon 12, Derige 9, Bartolome 6, Palma 6, Charcos 5, Pasaol 5, Varilla 4, Manalang 3, Abanto 3, Batiller 3, De Leon 2, Acuno 1, Armenio 0, Larupay 0, Gagate 0

QUARTER SCORES: 19-15, 42-32, 55-32, 67-59

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