UAAP Jrs.: Abarrientos makes sure FEU avenges Round 1 loss to DLSZ

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jan 16, 2019 12:47 PM
Abarrientos makes sure FEU avenges Round 1 loss to DLSZ
RJ Abarrientos and FEU-Diliman have been on a roll to finish the first round and to start the second round

STANDINGS
NU 7-1
FEU-Diliman 6-2
Adamson 6-3
Ateneo 5-3
UST 4-4
DLSZ 3-5
UE 1-7
UPIS 1-8

Slowly but surely, Far Eastern University-Diliman is looking like a legitimate contender to win it all in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament.

The latest reason as to why came in the middle of the Filoil Flying V Centre floor on Wednesday as the Baby Tamaraws solidified their stranglehold on the second-seed after goring De La Salle Zobel, 95-68.

The Junior Archers were one of just two teams to have downed the boys from Diliman thus far in the tournament. “Yung hard work at yung willingness to win, yun yung nag-push sa amin para makabawi sa La Salle,” a more than satisfied head coach Allan Albano said post-game.

Indeed, FEU-Diliman didn’t forget about that and delivered a 33-point haymaker in the second quarter to knock down their first round tormentors.

RJ Abarrientos and company would only keep their foot on the pedal in the second half as their lead ballooned to as big as 34.

In the end, Abarrientos had 23 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists while backcourt partner Royce Alforque made a mark all over with a 17-marker, 13-board double-double on top of six dimes and four steals.

In avenging one of their two losses, the Baby Tamaraws now charge to their seventh in in nine games – and remain breathing down the necks of league-leading Nazareth School of National University at 7-1. “Mayabang naman ako kung sabihing in-expect ko kaming mag-1 o 2, pero the way na magtrabaho sila sa practice, I think hindi imposible yun,” coach Allan said.

For DLSZ, Henrie Subido topped the scoring column with 14 points. Batang Gilas big man Raven Cortez had 10 markers, five rebounds, and two blocks in his season debut, but still saw his squad drop to 3-6 in the standings.

In the day’s other game, Adamson High School got back on track after taking the fight out of the University of the Philippines Integrated School, 94-66.

Adam Doria turned in a career-high 27 points all while peppering in five triples and pounding in eight rebounds. Joem Sabandal also contributed an all-around 11 markers, seven boards, seven assists, and two steals as the Baby Falcons flew back to the win column now at 6-3.

On the other hand, the Junior Maroons dropped back down into the loss column now at 1-8 despite the best efforts of Allen Torres and Polo Labao who scored 19 and 16 points, respectively.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

ADAMSON 94 – Ad. Doria 27, Sabandal 11, Tulabot 10, Prodigo 9, An. Doria 8, Dominguez 8, Engbino 7, Hanapi 4, Padilla 2, Nitura 2, Santos 2, Barcelona 2, Guarino 2. 

UPIS 66 – Torres 19, Labao 16, Gomez de Liaño 12, Tuazon 9, Estrera 6, Galotera 3, Vergiere 1, Lopez 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 23-11, 52-36, 78-46, 94-66

SECOND GAME

FEU-DILIMAN 95 – Abarrientos 23, Alforque 17, Torres 15, Anonuevo 8, Ona 8, Tolentino 7, Sajonia 6, J. Bautista 5, Armendez 2, Barasi 2, Balaga 2, Bradley 0, Bagunu 0, S. Bautista 0, Libago 0.

DLSZ 68 – Subido 14, Villarin 10, Cortez 10, Jomalesa 8, Macasaet 7, Cudiamat 5, Milan 4, Marana 4, Pingol 2, Sevilla 2, Unisa 2, Danao 0, Buncayo 0, Luna 0, Dee 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 20-17, 53-32, 79-51, 95-68.

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