Gutsy FEU gives fighting UP another headache in UAAP 82

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 06, 2019 06:55 PM
Gutsy FEU gives fighting UP another headache in UAAP 82
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

L-Jay Gonzales energized Far Eastern University's strong start against the University of the Philippines, Sunday at MOA Arena, and Ken Tuffin and Wendell Comboy only followed suit as the Tamaraws fought off the University of the Philippines, 82-79, in overtime for their second straight win in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament.

Gonzales scored FEU's first six points of the game as they charged right through each and every rally by the Fighting Maroons all the way to 4-4 in the standings - in a three-way logjam at the third spot with De La Salle University and University of Sto. Tomas. "Hardfought win for us, but that's what you expect in every game in the UAAP," head coach Olsen Racela said post-game.

At the same time, they added to the frustrations of the Fighting Maroons whose rally fell short with head coach Bo Perasol serving the first of his three-game suspension and fell to their second straight setback after a 5-1 start to the season.

The Tams were well on their way to their biggest win thus far in the tournament, up by 16, 69-53, with six minutes remaining.

They would be suffocated from there, however, and saw Bright Akhuetie, Kobe Paras, and Gomez de Liano brothers Juan and Javi front State U's fightback into trying the tally at 69-all.

Comboy still had a shot to win it outright in regulation, but his triple try over Paras went in and out.

In the extra period, the two teams remained all even at 77-all with 64 ticks to go on the clock before Tuffin decided to take and then make a booming triple.

Javi GDL's circus shot again pulled UP within one, but Comboy's baseline jumper kept them away once and for all. "We just took it possession-by-possession, focused on every second. We started well, didn't end well sa regulation, pero nakabalik kami nung overtime," coach Olsen said.

In the end, Tuffin turned in his best game of the season with 18 points while Comboy also added 10 markers.

Gonzales was also brilliant throughout with a career-best 17 points on top of 12 rebounds and six assists while Cameroonian tower Patrick Tcheunte posted his own 14-marker, 11-board double-double.

For the Fighting Maroons, Paras topped the scoring column with 22 points to go along with nine rebounds and six steals as Akhuetie contributed 14 markers and 11 boards.

The GDL brothers then combined for 19 points and nine rebounds which still fell short to gift acting coach Ricky Dandan the win.

BOX SCORES

FEU 82 - Tuffin 18, Gonzales 17, Tchuente 14, Torres 12, Comboy 10, Stockton 5, Cani 4, Eboña 2, Alforque 0, Bayquin 0, Bienes 0, Celzo 0, Nunag 0.

UP 79 - Paras 22, Akhuetie 14, Gomez de Liaño Ja. 11, Gomez de Liaño Ju. 8, Manzo 7, Tungcab 5, Rivero 4, Spencer 3, Webb 3, Prado 2, Jaboneta 0, Murrell 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 18-17, 30-27, 60-43, 69-69, 82-79

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