UAAP: Tolentino teams up with Parker as FEU tops La Salle
The inside-outside combo of Arvin Tolentino and Jasper Parker worked when it mattered most for FEU
As expected, Arvin Tolentino and Jasper Parker fronted the charge for Far Eastern University as they opened their campaign in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
It was Tolentino and Parker conspired for the telling run in the last four minutes that spurred the Tamaraws past competitive De La Salle University, 68-61, on Sunday at the MOA Arena.
After Santi Santillan put the Green Archers up by one with under five minutes to go, Parker found Tolentino for his own triple that proved to be the go-ahead basket. “Mahirap talaga kalabang ang La Salle. I like our improvement from last year and hopefully, tuloy-tuloy na,” a satisfied head coach Olsen Racela said post-game.
Following another defensive stop, Parker and Hubert Cani then built up their lead to 62-56 with back-to-back baskets.
That margin was more than enough to register for FEU its first triumph over La Salle in three years.
In the end, Tolentino scored 13 points and four rebounds while Parker contributed five markers, six rebounds, and three assists.
Ken Tuffin and Axel Inigo also chipped 11 and 10 points, respectively, as the Tamaraws charged to a strong start to the season.
For the Green Archers, Santi Santillan showed the way with a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double. Aljun Melecio also added 11 markers.
Unable to stop Santillan and Parker in the endgame, however, their post-Ben Mbala and post-Aldin Ayo era began with a loss.
FEU 68 – Tolentino 13, Tuffin 11, Inigo 10, Comboy 9, Stockton 9, Cani 7, Parker 5, Ebona 2, Escoto 2, Orizu 0
LA SALLE 61 – Santillan 19, Melecio 11, Caracut 9, Baltazar 8, Montalbo 5, Serrano 3, Bates 2, Samuel 2, Manuel 1, Dyke 1, Go 0, Corteza 0, Capacio 0
QUARTER SCORES: 11-14, 25-26, 48-48, 68-61
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