FEU bests UST again, barges into three-way tie for second

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 01, 2016 07:02 PM
FEU bests UST again, barges into three-way tie for second
WE'VE SEEN THIS BEFORE

Unlike the last three times these two teams were on the same floor, the first matchup in the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament between Far Eastern University and University of Sto. Tomas was a mismatch.

Scoring the game’s first 13 points and never looking back, the defending champion Tamaraws made quick work of the runner-up Growling Tigers in a wire-to-wire 79-72 win on Saturday at the MOA Arena.

A season ago, FEU and UST figured in a well-fought three-game Finals series.

This time around, Jojo Trinidad was feeling it right from tip-off and detonated FEU’s 13-0 blast to begin the game. “We were coming off a 51-point output when we played UP. The challenge today was to score 51,” coach Nash Racela said.

The Tamaraws only allowed their opponents to make a basket at the 6:52 mark of the first quarter. By then, they had complete control and were never relinquishing it the rest of the way.

Racela’s boys fulfilled his challenge at the midway mark of the third quarter and already scored 65 points with one quarter still to go. “Coach Nash (Racela) said we need to bounce back from the UP game,” Trinidad said after leading the way on offense with a career-high 17 points.

Still, that didn’t stop the Growling Tigers from putting forth their signature rally. Team captain Louie Vigil poured in 12 of his 16 points in the final frame and led his team to as close as 69-75 inside the last two minutes only to see Raymar Jose, Prince Orizu, and Trinidad all split from the stripe to put FEU back on top by six.

Vigil again dropped a long-range missile, but time would not allow UST to come any closer.

Raymar Jose contributed 16 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists and Monbert Arong chipped in 11 markers of his own to help the defending champions improve to 4-2. They move into a share of second with Ateneo de Manila University and National University despite the absence of Ron Dennison who was serving a one-game suspension.

On the other hand, UST dropped to 2-4 despite the best efforts of Vigil.

BOX SCORES

FEU 79 – Trinidad 17, Jose 16, Arong 11, Orizu 9, Bayquin 5, Holmqvist 4, Denila 4, Tuffin 3, Ebona 3, Nunag 3, Roxas 3, Comboy 1, Bienes 0

UST 72 – Vigil 16, Lee 13, Basibas 11, Sheriff 8, Subido 7, Macasaet 6, Faundo 6, Huang 3, Lao 2, Tateishi 0, Caunan 0, Afoakwah 0, De Guzman 0

QUARTER SCORES: 22-14, 42-29, 65-50, 79-72

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