FEU earns first win vs Red Warriors, 90-83
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws dominated the University of the East (UE), 90-83, on Wednesday, September 13, at the Araneta Coliseum.
The battle of the East saw the FEU Tamaraws hold the lead throughout the game, producing quality outputs in offense. The Red Warriors struggled through the first quarter, but slowly brought themselves up within 7 points against Season 79's 2nd runner-up.
Captain Ron Dennison led the scoring for the FEU Tamaraws with 16 points, and made 4 boards, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Big man Prince Orizu tallied a total of 15 points and 16 rebounds, 3 of which are offensive.
Veteran forward Clark Derige top-scored in the game, tallying a total of 22 points. Alvin Pasaol backed him up by raking in 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.
The Tamaraws began their domination with Orizu drilling back-to-back slams that ignited FEU's offense. By the sixth-minute mark of the first quarter, Orizu already tallied 10 points. The Tamaraws went on a 9-0 run, taking advantage of the Red Warriors' inability to convert their shots to end the first at 28-11.
Entering the second period down by 17 points, the Red Warriors sparked an early 5-0 run. Both teams traded triples within the quarter, until UE was able to crack the FEU defense via the heroics of Derige and Nick Abanto. This brought the Red Warriors within 10 points by halftime.
Orizu began the second half with his third slam of the game. However, Philip Manalang was able to set up Derige and Jason Varilla, who were able to contribute inside shots to cut FEU's lead to 9 by the end of the third (64-75).
Despite the efforts of the Red Warriors to cut the deficit in the final quarter, the Tamaraws still maintained the lead to end the fourth at 90-83.
This win puts the FEU Tamaraws at a 1-1 record while the UE Red Warriors fall to a 0-2 record in the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament.
The UE Red Warriors will go head-to-head with the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons while the FEU Tamaraws will face the Ateneo Blue Eagles on Sunday, September 17, at the Araneta Coliseum.
Quarter scores (FEU-UE): 28-11, 52-42, 75-64, 90-83.
FEU (90): Dennison 16, Orizu 15, Escoto 11, Ebona 11, Tolentino 11, Iñigo 8, Ramirez 7, Parker 4, Trinidad 3, Tuffin 2, Comboy 2, Cani 0, Bienes 0.
UE (83): Derige 22, Pasaol 13, Acuño 8, Abanto 8, Manalang 6, Olayon 6, Maloles 6, Varilla 5, Conner 4, Bartolome 3, Cullar 1, Armenion 1.