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FEU gains share of second, overwhelms Tigers

Joe Allen Trinidad scorched hot in FEU's win over UST
By Ricky Manliguis

PASAY CITY-- In a rematch of last season's finals, Far Eastern U got the better of University of Santo Tomas yet again.

The Tamaraws forced a triple-tie for second place as it tamed the Growling Tigers, 79-72, in the second game of UAAP Season LXXIX Saturday festivities at the MOA Arena.

Allen Trinidad and Raymar Jose led the charge for the Tamaraws to post the wire-to-wire victory, the Morayta-based squad's fourth in six games, tying Ateneo and Naitonal U in second behind undefeated La Salle (6-0).

Days after its low-scoring win over UP where it scored only 51 points, FEU scored a 13-0 blitz in the first quarter and never looked back since then.

UST made a gallant effort in the final frame behind skipper Louie Vigil, bringing down the lead to just seven, 69-75, in the waning moments of the match. But that proved to be too late, as Trinidad, Jose, and Prince Orizu canned in four free throws to seal the victory.

Over-all, the Tams shot 11 three-pointers and 37 perimeter points, while dishing out 17 assists.

Trinidad topscored with 17 points spiked on five triples to go with five rebounds, while the senior Jose fashioned out a double-double outing of 16 and 10 for the defending champions.

Monbert Arong was the other FEU double-digit scorer with 11 points.

Vigil led the Tigers with 16 pioints, but his efforts wasn't enough as the EspaƱa-based club tasted its second defeat in a row for a 2-4 win-loss card. Marvin Lee got 13 markers to go with six rebounds and five assists, while Regie Basibas had 11.

The scores:

FEU 79 — Trinidad 17, Jose 16, Arong 11, Orizu 9, Bayquin 5, Holmqvist 4, Denila 4, Tuffin 3, Ebona 3, Nunag 3, Roxas 3, Comboy 1, Bienes 0.

UST 72 — Vigil 16, Lee 13, Basibas 11, Sheriff 8, Subido 7, Macasaet 6, Faundo 6, Huang 3, Lao 2, Tateishi 0, Caunan 0, Afoakwah 0, De Guzman 0.

Quarterscores: 22-14; 42-29; 65-50; 79-72.

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