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Tamaraws outplay Tigers

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Basketball
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Games Saturday:

(Smart Araneta Coliseum)

2 p.m. -- La Salle vs UP (M)

4 p.m. --  NU vs UST (M)

DEFENDING champion Far Eastern University played  just  hard  enough to repeat over University of Santo Tomas, 59-48, for its sixth straight win in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Despite solidifying  their hold of second spot, coach  Nash Racela was not satisfied on the way his Tamaraws performed against the Growling Tigers, who have now lost sixth consecutive to drop in last place.
   
“I think, at this stage of the tournament, we should be concerned about improvements of the team,” said Racela.
   
“My concern is...us believing that we are already a good team because we have been winning. Baka magkaroon ng complacency on our part. So we always remind our players na yung mga games na ganito.”
   
UST (2-7) shot a dismal 26 percent from the field which spelled its doom.
   
Earlier, University of the Philippines continued to  surprise everyone,  posting its first back-to-back wins this season with a 70-66 decision of Adamson.
   
Jojo Trinidad led FEU with 16 points while Raymar Jose grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.
   
Paul Desiderio and Jett Manuel hit consecutive jumpers in the final minute as the Fighting Maroons withstood a Falcons fightback from 11-point deficit to prevail.
     
Following up last Saturday's 56-52 conquest of Ateneo that ended a 14-game losing skid against its Katipunan neighbors, UP moved up to 3-6 in sixth place, as it already matched its win output last season.
   
Just like the grit they showed against the Blue Eagles, coach Bo Perasol was satisfied the way the Maroons closed out the game.
   
The scores:
     
First game
   
UP (70) -- Manuel 16, Desiderio 16, Gomez de Liaño 13, Moralde 5, Lim 4, Vito 4, Harris 4, Romero 4, Prado 2, Webb 2, Dario 0, Española 0, Jaboneta 0, Lao 0, Asilum 0, Longa 0.
   
Adamson (66)--Sarr 18, Manalang 10, Ochea 8, Panarada 8, Manganti 6, Ng 5, Espeleta 4, Pasturan 3, Camacho 2, Mustre 0, Ahanmisi 0, Bernardo 0.
   
Quarterscores: 9-20, 30-29, 50-44, 70-66
     
Second game
   
FEU (59)-- Trinidad 16, Jose 9, Comboy 8, Escoto 8, Holmqvist 6, Orizu 4, Bayquin 3, Dennison 3, Arong 2, Denila 0, Ebona 0, Roxas 0, Tuffin 0.
   
UST (48) --Vigil 18, Lee 12, Faundo 10, Afoakwah 2, Arana 2, Sheriff 2, Subido 2, De Guzman 0, Huang 0, Lao 0.
     
Quarterscores: 16-8, 31-23, 45-37, 59-48