Baby Tamaraws send out statement, stomp on Bullpups

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 21, 2017 01:39 PM
Baby Tamaraws send out statement, stomp on Bullpups
CHARGE. FEU-Diliman now has victories versus league-leading Adamson and defending champion NU in the last three games.

TEAM STANDINGS
Adamson 9-1
FEU-Diliman 8-2
NU 8-2
Ateneo 5-5
DLSZ 3-7
UPIS 3-7
UST 3-7
UE 1-9

Don’t look now, but coming out of the shadows in the UAAP 79 Juniors Basketball Tournament is Far Eastern University-Diliman.

A week after dealing the first defeat of erstwhile undefeated Adamson High School, the Baby Tamaraws impressed anew by downing defending champion Nazareth School of National University.

Xyrus Torres scored 20 points and the FEU-Diliman defense suffocated the Bullpups to ghastly 27 percent shooting from the field for a 61-46 decision on Saturday at the San Juan Arena.

Torres caught fire from the get-go and had eight points to match NU’s entire first quarter output. In all, the Baby Tams dug a 25-8 hole for their opponents after only the opening salvo.

The defending champions would be unable to recover as FEU-Diliman dared John Lloyd Clemente to beat them by his lonesome and the versatile forward fell way short in doing so.

The wire-to-wire win is the Baby Tamaraws’ fourth in a row, charging them onto a share of second with their vanquished foes. At 8-2, they may even find themselves with a share of first depending on the Baby Falcons’ result later.

The Bullpups slipped out of first-place and onto an 8-2 standing. Clemente was their lone player in double-digits with 14 points.

Meanwhile, De La Salle Zobel finally barged back onto the win column after shooting down University of the East, 81-59.

Five Junior Archers scored in double-digits as they improved to 3-7. The loss dropped the Junior Warriors to 1-9.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

DLSZ 81 – Vesagas 13, Romero 12, Mariano 12, Terrado 12, Cortez 10, Sobrevega 8, Vista 4, Laurente 4, Carlos 2, Chavez 2, Natividad 2, Diaz 0, Santos 0, Cosejo 0, Umali 0, Damiles 0

UE 59 – Manaug 13, Gonzales 12, Angeles 11, Vinte 8, Dulalia 8, Balundo 4, Encelan 2, Canton 1, Po 0, Acuesta 0, Palanas 0, Ramos 0, Cruz 0, Morelos 0

QUARTER SCORES: 21-15, 36-29, 61-44, 81-59

SECOND GAME

FEU-DILIMAN 61 – Torres 20, Roman 12, Gloria 9, Sapinit 7, Jabel 7, Alforque Roy 2, Celzo 2, Gabane 1, Gonzales 1, Baclay 0, Bieren 0, Boc

NU 46 – Clemente 14, Malonzo 9, Amsali 6, Manalang 5, Penano 4, Callejo 3, Sarip 3, Coyoca 2, Atienza 0, Tolentino 0, Peralta 0, Fortea 0

QUARTER SCORES: 25-8, 31-24, 47-36, 61-46

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