MANILA, Philippines – The National University Bulldogs trounced the Far Eastern University Tamaraws 85-74, for their second straight victory in the 2012 Filoil Flying V Preseason Hanes Cup at the Arena in San Juan.
FEU lost Pipo Noundou, Aldrech Ramos, Jens Knuttel and Chris Exciminiano to graduation. The Tamaraws heavily relied on RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo to lead the Morayta-based quintet but failed to get numbers from the bench for support.
The Bulldogs dictated the tempo as early as the second period when they mounted a double digit advantage of twelve at the intermission.
Reigning UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr led all scorers from Bulldogs’ camp with 29 points, 9 rebounds, four assists and one steal.
National University’s third quarter assault closed out the lights on the Tamaraws after the Sampaloc 5 enjoyed their biggest spread of 24, 66-42 with 2:27 left off a completed 3-point play by Parks Jr.
FEU, behind Roger Pogoy and Chris Tolomia’s combined efforts managed to bring down their deficit to just 11, 70-81 in the last 2:39 of the game. This was quickly answered with back-to-back buckets from Emmanuel Mbe and Parks Jr for another comfortable 85-70 lead for NU.
“Masaya kami sa second win pero we must keep in mind na preseason tournament lang ito (We’re happy about our second win but we must keep in mind that this is just a preseason tournament),” said NU Head Coach Eric Altamirano. “We should keep on learning, dapat maging matured even sa preseason games.”
Denice Villamor and Mark De Guzman had 15 apiece while Gelo Alolino added 10. Arvie Bringas paced the Tamaraws with 13 markers while Roger Pogoy and Terrence Romeo had 12 and 11 respectively.
Letran defeats UE
After a heartbreaking 55-51 loss on opening day to defending champion Ateneo, the Letran Knights got back on their feet and claimed their first win in the Filoil tournament via a 64-56 victory over the UE Red Warriors.
Coming off a right leg injury is Kevin Alas who drilled in 4 triples in a see-saw second quarter won by the Knights by 2 at the half.
UE momentarily enjoyed a six-point spread at 16-10 at the end of the first ten minutes of action. The younger Alas scored 12 of the 16 points tallied by the Knights in the second quarter.
A 3rd quarter attack led by Jam Cortes’ nine points turned things sour for the Red Warriors who suddenly found themselves trailing by 15, 50-35 at the 1:27 mark of the period.
Roi Sumang, a product of the Letran Squires program was a revelation for the Warriors after playing Paul Zamar’s shadow in his rookie year last year. Sumang provided key baskets in the second that kept the game close.
Entering the fourth with a 12-point advantage, the graduating duo of Carlo Lituania and Joel Gabriel extended the Knights’ lead to it’s largest at 17, 56-39.
A blistering 10-0 run by the Warriors rattled the Knights’ defense but the ward of Coach Louie Alas quickly recovered when Mark Cruz banged in a 15-footer to stop the bleeding.
Kevin Alas paced the Knights with 17 markers while Kevin Racal and Jam Cortes chipped in 12 and 11.
Sumang was the only Red Warrior to finish in double figures with 12.
The Letran Knights now tote a 1-1 card while UE settled for a 0-1 start.
Letran still missed the services of Fil-American VJ Espiritu and lanky center Raymond Almazan.
Box Scores NU vs FEU:
National University (85) — Parks Jr. 29, Villamor 15, De Guzman 15, Alolino 10, Mbe 9, Neypes 4, Javillonar 3, Roño 0, Celda 0, Singh 0, Labing-Isa 0.
Far Eastern University (74) — A. Bringas 13, Pogoy 12, Romeo 11, Tolomia 9, Garcia 8, M. Bringas 8, Hargrove 6, Foronda 3, Mendoza 2, Belo 2, Escoto 0, Jumao-As 0.
Quarter Scores: 21-15, 42-29, 69-49, 85-74
Box Scores Letran vs UE:
LETRAN (64) – Alas K. 17, Racal 12, Cortes 11, Cruz 9, Lituania 5, Alas J. 4, Gabriel 2, Gabawan 2, Luib 2, Belorio 0, Pantin 0.
UE (56) – Sumang 12, Javier 8, Galanza 8, Casajeros 7, Santos 6, Belleza 6, Valdez 4, Noble 3, Sumido 2, Alberto 0, Hernandez 0, Razon 0, Duran 0, Duncil 0.
Quarter Scores: 10-16; 26-24; 51-39; 64-56.- Rappler.com