UAAP 82: With Gonzales at the wheel, FEU overtakes La Salle for fourth

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 19, 2019 06:12 PM
With Gonzales at the wheel, FEU overtakes DLSU for fourth
(Photo by Josh Albelda)

ANTIPOLO - L-Jay Gonzales did it all for Far Eastern University, Saturday at Ynares Center here, as all of the Tamaraws did whatever they wanted against listless De La Salle University, 81-60, to barge back into the win column in UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament.

Gonzales stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, seven assists, six rebounds, and two steals and the Tamaraws stampeded all the way to a 6-6 standing. "Well, of course, we needed this win badly," a more than satisfied head coach Olsen Racela said post-game.

Three other teammates were in double-digits as Ken Tuffin had 14 points and five assists, Wendell Comboy had 12 markers and seven boards, and Xyrus Torres had 11 points of his own.

The green and gold waxed hot from the get-go, burying their opponents in a 27-11 hole after the opening salvo.

They would never look back all the way to solo fourth - now ahead of the Green Archers who dropped to 5-6 with the loss.

Alongside Gonzales, Alec Stockton was making all the right plays and totaled seven points and five assists. Between the two of them, they had two more dimes than all of their opponents combined.

As such, FEU just had the cleaner looks and ultimately made good on 54.1 percent of their shots from the field. "Our mentality was the treat this game as do-or-tie. Our games left, all of them are actually do-or-die,"

On the other hand, La Salle fell to fifth in the standings even after a 16-point, nine-rebound effort by Justine Baltazar.

BOX SCORES

FEU 81 - Gonzales 14, Tuffin 14, Comboy 12, Torres 11, Tchuente 8, Stockton 7, Ebona 6, Cani 5, Alforque 2, Tempra 2, Bayquin 0, Bienes 0, Dulatre 0, Mantua 0, Nunag 0.

LA SALLE 60 - Baltazar 16, Malonzo 13, Serrano 9, Melecio 7, Caracut 5, Manuel 3, Bartlett 2, Cu 2, Lim 2, Escandor 1, Bates 0, Hill 0, Lojera 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 27-11, 40-29, 57-42, 81-60.

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