FEU comes back against UE to finally charge through struggles
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 16, 2016 04:44 PM
MUCH-NEEDED. FEU finally arrested their untimely three-game losing skid at the expense of exiting UE.
Very much in need of a some sort pick-me-up entering the Final Four of the UAAP 79 Men’s Basketball Tournament, Axel Inigo and Wendell Comboy delivered just what Far Eastern University needed.
The backcourt tandem carried the Tamaraws in the last two minutes in their come-from-behind victory versus a very game University of the East, 64-61, on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.
The defending champions were in danger of losing for the fourth time in a row, still trailing by five inside the last three minutes. Comboy wasn’t going to let that happen, however, and poured in all but one in six unanswered points that put them on top, 60-59.
Following another defensive stop, Inigo widened their margin to 63-59 with a gutsy three over the outstretched arms of Reymark Acuno. That lead proved to be more than enough to return FEU onto the win column.
“We just wanted to get a win before we go to the playoffs. It was really hard, but at least, gumanda na yung adversity quotient namin,” a satisfied coach Nash Racela said.
Snapping their skid at long last and now standing at 9-5, the Tamaraws are hoping for an Adamson University win of at least 31 points against Ateneo de Manila University to have a chance for the second-seed.
The struggles that plagued FEU in the last three games were still present for the first three quarters. Having a hard time finding offense, the Red Warriors mounted a lead of as much as 11 early on.
Inigo and Comboy came alive in the second half, however, just as the defending champions finally came alive for the playoffs. The former scored half of his total of 16 in the timeframe while the latter pouted in all but two of his 10 points in the final frame.
Hoping to go out with a bang, UE instead found itself at the losing end once again. Paul Varilla paced their losing effort, their 11th in 14 games, with 13 markers to his name.
FEU 64 – Inigo 16, Escoto 11, Jose 11, Comboy 10, Orizu 8, Holmqvist 4, Bayquin 3, Tuffin 1, Arong 0, Bienes 0, Dennison 0, Nunag 0, Trinidad 0
UE 61 – Varilla 13, Acuno 8, Manalang 8, Palma 8, Bartolome 7, Batiller 6, Olayon 5, Abanto 2, Armenio 2, Pasaol 2, Charcos 0, Gagate 0
QUARTER SCORES: 11-20, 34-34, 44-53, 64-61
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