Streaking Tamaraws sweep Tigers for Season 79
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 12, 2016 07:26 PM
Jo Trinidad dropped 16 on UST and the FEU Tamaraws sweep the Growling Tigers in two rounds for Season 79.
What difference a year makes.
After engaging in a heated Finals series in Season 78, defending champion Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas are going in different directions for Season 79.
The Tamaraws kept their grasp on second place after once again beating the Growling Tigers, 59-48, in the second round Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
FEU won its sixth straight win for a 7-2 mark and sent hosts UST further down the standings with a 2-7 record after losing a fifth consecutive outing.
It was a brillinat defensive performance for the champion Tamaraws as they held the Tigers to their lowest output this year.
The long night started as early as the opening quarter for UST as the Tigers only managed eight points after the first 10 minutes.
FEU then basically frustrated its neighboring rival for the rest of the contest, leading by as much as 13 points before settling for an 11-point wire-to-wire victory.
Despite another win to their record, head coach Nash Racela was far from pleased with the Tamaraws' performance.
"I think at this stage of the tournament, we should be concerned about our improvements as a team. We always remind the players yung mga ganitong games for us to work on a lot of things na kailangan namin ayusin. Today wasn't really that nice," Racela said.
"Kasi the whole game, I kept on reminding them to play hard and play correctly. As a coach, when you see those things, that's as sign of complacency," he added.
Jojo Trinidad was the lone double-digit scorer for the Tamaraws, finishing with 16. Raymar Jose added nine and 14 rebounds.
Louie Vigil was the high man for the struggling Tigers after scoring 18.
Jeepy Faundo submitted a nice double-double of 10 points and 17 boards off the bench.
FEU (59) - Trinidad 16, Jose 9, Comboy 8, Escoto 8, Holmqvist 6, Orizu 4, Bayquin 3, Dennison 3, Arong 2, Denila 0, Ebona 0, Roxas 0, Tuffin 0.
UST (48) - Vigil 18, Lee 12, Faundo 10, Afoakwah 2, Arana 2, Subido 2, Sheriff 2, De Guzman 0, Huang 0, Lao 0, Macasaet 0.
Quarterscores: 16-8, 31-23, 45-37, 59-48.