Orizu’s D clicks as Tams silence Maroons in low-scoring affair

Defending Champions FEU needed a defensive masterclass from sophomore Prince Orizu to thwart their upset-conscious counterparts on the other side of Diliman

By Ricky Manliguis

QUEZON CITY—When Prince Orizu says, “Not in my house,” he means it.

Orizu thwarted two potential game-tying chances by University of the Philippines as FEU escapes with an ugly 51-49 squeaker in the UAAP Season LXXIX men’s basketball competitions at the Big Dome Sunday.

With the game tied, 47-all, Orizu pulled off a chasedown block on Jarrell Lim on a fastbreak attempt with 55.3 seconds remaining.

He then followed suit by denying Paul Desiderio’s potential game-tying  jumper in the dying seconds to survive the Maroons’ upset ambitions and give the reigning champs its third victory against two setbacks.

Monbert Arong led the Morayta-based Tamaraws with 14 points, but none bigger than his tough turn-around J with 14.6 ticks to go for a three-point cushion, 50-47.

Joe Trinidad and Ken Holmqvist both had seven markers, while Raymar Jose and come-backing Wendell Comboy issued six apiece.

Orizu, despite only scoring a solitary point, had 15 rebounds and four blocks.

In the lowest scoring game so far this season, FEU shot just 20-of-65 for a 31 percent clip from the field, while UP was even worse at 15-for-68 FGs (22 percent).

UP also missed 13 of its 28 attempts from the foul line, compared to just seven on 13 attempts for the Tamaraws.

Paul Desiderio led UP, now dropping at 1-4, with 15 points, while Christian Moralde chipped in 13.

The Scores:

FEU 51—Arong 14, Trinidad 7, Holmqvist 7, Jose 6, Comboy 6, Nunag 4, Dennison 2, Bienes 2, Ebona 2, Orizu 1, Iñigo 0, Bayquin 0, Tuffin 0, Denila 0.

UP 49—Desiderio 15, Moralde 13, Manuel 8, Dario 6, Gomez De Liano 3, Espanola 2, Prado 2, Harris 0, Webb 0, Lim, Vito, Asilum, Jaboneta, Lao, Romero 0.

Quarterscores:  4-5; 20-15; 38-30; 51-49.

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