UAAP: UE winless no more after resounding rout of FEU

UAAP: UE winless no more after resounding rout of FEU
Alvin Pasaol came off the bench and then UE came away with its first win in UAAP Season 81

Alvin Pasaol came off the bench for University of the East for the first time in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Pasaol was definitely there to finish the game, however, as he and the Red Warriors pulled off a 90-65 stunner over playoff hopeful Far Eastern University on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.

Not only was this the biggest upset thus far in the season, it was, more importantly for UE, their first win after five games. “Well, at least the monkey is off our backs. Ganito pala yung feeling manalo sa college,” a beaming head coach Joe Silva said post-game.

Their main man didn’t start the game, but team captain Jason Varilla held down the fort as they actually set the pace.

Once Pasaol took the floor in the midway mark of the first quarter, he wasted no time in making an impact, scoring five points in an 8-3 run that turned the Red Warriors’ one-point edge into a 25-19 lead early in the second period.

He and his team would never step on the brakes from there and saw they advantage increase to as much as 34 points, 88-54, in the final frame.

In the end, Pasaol had 25 points on top of 13 rebounds, five steals, and two assists while Varilla had 17 markers, five boards, and two dimes of his own. “I just told them to work hard and the results will follow. I told the boys we already deserved to win and they showed it today,” coach Joe said.

Court general Philip Manalang also turned in his best game of the season, posting a 13-point, 12-assist double-double.

Along with improving to 1-4, Pasaol and company also gifted coach Joe, a two-time champion in the Juniors, his first win in the collegiate ranks.

For the Tamaraws, Hubert Cani and Arvin Tolentino topped the scoring column with 12 and 11 points, respectively. With their defense breaking down time and again and allowing their opponents to convert 34 of their 75 attempts from the field, they dropped to 2-2.

Both of their losses have come up against lesser foes – the first being University of Sto. Tomas and the next being UE.

BOX SCORES

UE 90 – Pasaol 25, Varilla 17, Manalang 13, Bartolome 8, Maloles 8, Conner 7, Beltran 3, Antiporda 3, Gallardo 2, Cullar 2, Strait 2, Lacap 0, Sobrevega 0

FEU 65 – Cani 12, Tolentino 11, Ramirez 7, Comboy 6, Bienes 6, Orizu 5, Tuffin 5, Escoto 5, Parker 4, Gonzales 4, Inigo 0, Ebona 0, Stockton 0, Bayquin 0, Jopia 0

QUARTER SCORES: 20-16, 43-31, 63-46, 90-65

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