Arong’s game-winner lifts FEU past NU

Naveen Ganglani
Arong’s game-winner lifts FEU past NU
FEU moves to a 6-2 record, second best in the UAAP

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Monbert Arong drilled a baseline jumper with 3.7 seconds to go to lift his FEU Tamaraws past the NU Bulldogs, 57-56, on Sunday, October 9, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

Trailing by 11 in the third quarter, FEU rallied to earn its fifth straight win and solidify its hold of the second spot in the UAAP Season 79 standings at 6-2. NU, losers of two straight, dropped to 4-4.

Raymar Jose led the Tamaraws in scoring with 14 point and also had 12 boards, while Arong scored 13 points and went 3-of-5 from deep to lead FEU past the same opponent for the second time in less than a week. 

NU was led by the 22 points of Alfred Aroga, who also had 13 rebounds but committed 7 turnovers and went scoreless in the final quarter. Rev Diputado scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.

After Bulldogs rookie Josh Sinclair split his free throws to put NU up 56-55, J-Jay Alejandro had a chance to extend the lead but lost the ball on the way up as he was attempting a jumper. 

FEU received the possession back, and after a pair of NU fouls, ran a play to get Arong open on the baseline for the go-ahead shot.

NU had a chance to win the contest, but Aroga’s mid-range jumper misfired. –

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