MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws ended their two-game losing streak with a win over the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors, 79-63, on Sunday, November 5, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Tamaraws (6-6) came from behind to take the win, as they waxed hot from beyond the arc in the 4th quarter. This victory for the Morayta-based team keeps their Final 4 bid alive in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.
But the loss for the Red Warriors (3-10) eliminates them from Final 4 contention.
FEU held the lead for most of the first quarter until Philip Manalang dished the ball to Mark Maloles, who finished the play with a floater to grab the lead with 2:40 left in the first quarter.
FEU continued to make attempts – especially from the 3-point line – but the team went cold during the whole second period.
At the half, the Tamaraws had already made 13 turnovers – another factor that allowed the Red Warriors to maintain the lead.
The 3rd quarter saw the Tamaraws take the lead once again via a Jojo Trinidad corner triple at the 8:10 mark of the period.
The Red Warriors stayed close as they tied the score twice before FEU made a 6-0 run. But the Tamaraws collapsed once again late in the 3rd quarter as the Red Warriors answered back with a 6-0 run of their own to head into the final frame tied at 49-all.
Jasper Parker led the Tamaraws with 18 points and orchestrated the plays well as he passed out 8 assists and grabbed two rebounds. Prince Orizu recorded a double-double as he tallied 14 points and collected 13 boards.
Alvin Pasaol topscored for the Red Warriors once again with 18 points, while grabbing 7 boards as well. However, he commited 8 out of UE’s 15 turnovers.
FEU (79) – Parker 18, Orizu 14, Tolentino 10, Dennison 9, Trinidad 9, Cani 8, Tuffin 4, Escoto 3, Comboy 2, Bayquin 2, Inigo 0, Ebona 0, Ramirez 0.
UE (63) – Pasaol 18, Olayon 14, Maloles 8, Acuno 8, Manalang 7, Bartolome 4, Conner 4, Derige 0, Varilla 0, Cullar 0, Toribio 0, Abanto 0.
Quarter Scores: 18-22, 29-33, 49-49, 79-63.