The Tamaraws earn third consecutive win, breaks UP's streak
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws continue their winning streak against the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, 78-59, on Sunday, October 1 at the Araneta Coliseum.
Both teams were gunning for their third straight win, and the Fighting Maroons came into the match confident after defeating the Season 79 champions, De La Salle University. However, the Tamaraws' victory allowed them to attain a 12-game winnning streaking over the Figthing Maroons after the match today.
The Fighting Maroons drew first blood with Juan Gomez de Liano and Paul Desiderio sinking threes early in the first quarter. After trading leads in the first period, the Tamaraws broke away from the deadlock to pull off an 9-2 run early in the second quarter.
By the end of the second period, the Tamaraws limited the Fighting Maroons' scoring to only 10 points.
The Tamaraws opened the third period with an early 5-0 run and continued to wax hot until their lead ballooned to a 24-point cushion. But the lead began to dwindle down as Ibrahim Outtara rallied back for the Fighting Maroons with a solo 8-4 run
Late in the third period, the Tamaraws were caught in foul trouble, as the charities made by the Fighting Maroons cut the deficit to 13 points.
FEU made a 16-0 run in the last quarter that proved to be the nail in the coffin for the Fighting Maroons.
Tamaraws captain Ron Dennison carried his team, as he scored 16 points and made 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Richard Escoto followed with 12 points and rebounds.
The UP rookies led the Fighting Maroons as Ouattara scored a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Juan Gomez de Liano chipped in 16 markers, 4 boards and 2 assists.
This win puts Tamaraws at a 4-2 record, while the Fighting Maroons slump to 3-2 record.
FEU (78) – Dennison 16, Escoto 12, Orizu 8, Inigo 7, Parker 7, Comboy 6, Cani 5, Tuffin 4, Ebona 4, Ramirez 4, Tolentino 3, Stockton 2, Trinidad 0, Nunag 0, Bayquin 0.
UP (59) – Ouattara 17, Gomez de Liano Ju 16, Desiderio 9, Dario 8, Manzo 4, Lim 3, Webb 2, Gomez de Liano Ja 0, Vito 0, Ricafort 0, Jaboneta 0, Lao 0, Prado 0.
Quarter scores (FEU-UP): 18-14, 40-24, 56-43, 78-59