Scorching Tamaraws too hot to handle for misfiring Maroons

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 01, 2017 03:58 PM
Scorching Tamaraws too hot to handle for misfiring Maroons
RED-HOT. Paul Desiderio and UP's shot went missing just as Ron Dennison and FEU found theirs.

On Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum, Far Eastern University proved that what the University of the Philippines could do, it could do as well – and perhaps, even better.

Swishing the nets from start to finish, the Tamaraws shot down from cloud nine the Fighting Maroons for a resounding 19-point rout, 78-59.

It was the Morayta-based squad’s third consecutive victory following a 1-2 start to the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament. “Ang gusto ko lang, not so much yung streak, but the way we’ve been playing in the past games. Feeling ko, nag-improve kami every game,” a more than satisfied head coach Olsen Racela said.

And in that win run, this is their most convincing victory.

With State U coming off its biggest win in over a decade, the matchup was highly-anticipated.

FEU turned off the hype from the get-go, however.

From a tied tally of 14-all, they went on a murderous 36-12 charge bridging the first and second quarters to, all of a sudden, mount a massive 50-26 advantage.

At one point, the Tamaraws even held their opponents scoreless for four minutes, from the two-minute mark of the first to the eight-minute mark of the second. “It was a defensive game for us. Ang focus naman namin talaga before the start of the game is to limit them defensively,” Racela said.

The Fighting Maroons finally got some sort of a run going in the final frame as an and-one from Juan Gomez de Liano closed the gap to just 48-58 inside the last seven minutes.

Ron Dennison had the answer for FEU, however, and scored seven points in the 16-0 counter that put the game away once and for all.

In the end, the graduating guard topped the scoring column with 16 points on top of seven rebounds and three assists.

These, all while bringing his usual stingy defense to limit King Maroon Paul Desiderio to only nine points in 33 percent shooting to go along with two turnovers. “Basically, ang game plan namin, ilang beses nasa board yung pangalan ni Desiderio,” Racela said.

Dennison’s teammates weren’t so bad either, and as a team, they converted 43 percent of their shots.

It was the exact opposite for UP which had for itself an unbelievable shooting day to take down defending champion De La Salle University a week ago.

In all, they were suffocated into only 32 percent shooting. Malian Ibrahim Ouattara was their lone bright spot with a 17-point, 13-rebound double-double.

With the off-shooting day, they see their two-game win run get stopped. They now stand at fourth, holding a 3-2 record.

BOX SCORES

FEU 78 – Dennison 16, Escoto 12, Orizu 8, Inigo 7, Parker 7, Comboy 6, Cani 5, Tuffin 4, Ebona 4, Ramirez 4, Tolentino 3, Stockton 2, Trinidad 0, Nunag 0, Bayquin 0

UP 59 – Ouattara 17, Gomez de Liano Ju 16, Desiderio 9, Dario 8, Manzo 4, Lim 3, Webb 2, Gomez de Liano Ja 0, Vito 0, Ricafort 0, Jaboneta 0, Lao 0, Prado 0

QUARTER SCORES: 18-14, 40-24, 56-43, 78-59

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