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FEU inflicts UST 9th loss of season

Kenneth Tuffin led a balanced FEU attack to send UST to another loss this season. 

By Ricky Manliguis

SAN JUAN—Far Eastern U added to the misery of University of Santo Tomas, sending the Tigers to its ninth straight setback of UAAP Season 80 with a 96-70 thumping in Sunday first game of men’s seniors’ hoops action at the FilOil-Flying V Centre.

Leading right from the opening tip, the Morayta squad thus snapped its two-game losing skid and improved to a 5-4 win-loss record, all while giving the undermanned UST team its 13th consecutive loss dating back to last season.

The Tamaraws stormed to a 7-0 lead early on behind Jasper Parker and Ron Dennison, then turned to its balanced scoring all throughout for a 36-point bubble, 66-30, on an Axel Iñigo lay-up and never wavered since.

Kenneth Tuffin led the Tams with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field. Arvin Tolentino added 13 with five boards and three steals, while Parker and Dennsion chipped in a combined 19-point output.

In all, FEU got 62 points from its second stringers, including 27 in the first half. UST only got 22 bench points. 

UST, who played minus starters Steve Akomo and Jordan Sta. Ana due to health issues, got 17 points apiece from Wendell De Guzman and Jeepy Faundo. It is the España-based squad’s worst start in the Final 4 era.
The scores:
FEU 96 – Tuffin 14, Tolentino 13, Parker 10, Dennison 9, Ebona 8, Comboy 8, Nunag 8, Cani 6, Escoto 5, Orizu 4, Trinidad 4, Ramirez 3, Inigo 2, Stockton 1, Bienes 1, Bayquin 0.
UST 70 – De Guzman 17, Faundo 17, Caunan 12, Lee 9, Macasaet 7, Huang 4, Romero 2, Basibas 2, Soriano 0, Garcia 0, Escalambre 0, Kwawukumey 0.
Quarterscores: 29-17, 53-27, 81-46, 96-70.

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