FEU gives Adamson its first taste of defeat in UAAP 81

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 07, 2018 07:15 PM
FEU gives Adamson its first taste of defeat in UAAP 81
Hubert Cani and FEU dug deep before being able to put the first mark on the loss column of Adamson

At long last, Far Eastern University has gotten a win run going in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Starting strong and then finishing even stronger, the Tamaraws charged all the way to a big-time 88-85 overtime win on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Arvin Tolentino and Hubert Cani fronted the stampede in the earlygoing before Cani and Wendell Comboy delivered the goods in the extra period as FEU became the first team to ground the Falcons in the season.

The Tamaraws were actually in command for majority of the matchup, but behind a 24-6 tear in the final frame, however, Adamson stormed right back to force overtime.

There, Sean Manganti and Papi Sarr connived to give the Falcons an 84-83 lead inside the last three minutes only to see Richard Escoto and Wendell Comboy made good on three of four free throws to retake the advantage in favor of FEU, 86-84.

Sarr split from the stripe once more to inch Adamson closer and in the ensuing possession, forced Comboy to turn the ball over.

His forward pass fell in the wrong hands, however, and Cani then found Barkley Ebona wide open for a layup that finalized the winning margin in the Tamaraws’ biggest win of the season.

Tolentino topped the scoring column with 19 points, but it was Cani and Comboy who came through in the endgame with the former finishing with 14 points, three rebounds, and two assists, and the latter ending with 13 markers, five boards, and three dimes.

For the Soaring Falcons, Jerrick Ahanmisi and Manganti showed the way with 21 and 20 points, respectively.

Missing all of their nine shots from the field in overtime, however, they suffered their first setback in six games in the season.

BOX SCORES

FEU 88 – Tolentino 19, Cani 14, Comboy 13, Ebona 9, Escoto 8, Gonzales 8, Parker 7, Orizu 6, Inigo 2, Tuffin 2, Stockton 0.

ADAMSON 85 – Ahanmisi 21, Manganti 20, Sarr 15, Camacho 10, Lastimosa 8, V. Magbuhos 4, Espeleta 3, Pingoy 2, Zaldivar 2, Bernardo 0, Catapusan 0, Colonia 0, Mojica 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 16-19, 43-34, 67-52, 80-80, 88-85 (OT).

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