|Arvin Tolentino was a spark off the bench with 13 points in FEU's win over UP. Franchesca Nicole Collantes/ File Photo|
By Ricky Manliguis
SAN JUAN-- Far Eastern U recovered from a shocking loss the last time out as it smothered University of the Philippines, 89-73, in the first game of seniors' action of UAAP Season 81 basketball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre Sunday.
Bannered by five players in double figures, the Tamaraws went smoking from the get-go to smother the Maroons and rebounded from a shock 74-76 loss against UST last week with a 2-1 win-loss card.
UP, playing without coach Bo Perasol due to a one-game suspension, dropped to its second straight game for 1-2.
After limiting UP to its lowest scoring quarter of the season at 19 points, FEU wrecked havoc in the second half for a 25-point bubble, 69-44, at the end of three.
The Maroons countered with a 10-0 run in the start of the fourth quarter, but could only trim the deficit to 14 points as FEU's outside scoring proved effective down the stretch.
Prinze Orizu continued his monstrous performance this season with 15 points and seven rebounds on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the field. He also put the clamps on UP big Bright Akhuetie, who only had nine markers and 11 rebounds.
Arvin Tolentino chipped in 13 markers off the bench, Wendell Comboy added 12, while Axel Iñigo and Jasper Parker contributed 11 apiece for FEU.
“It was a defensive game para sa amin. Yung opensa namin, bonus lang. Good job by everyone, the players stuck to our gameplan,” said FEU coach Olsen Racela.
“Again, the run was an effect of our defense kaya nagalit ako nung nag 10-0 run sila (nung fourth). Hindi kami dapat nag-stop ng offense with offense. UP had an off night. Again, maganda rin yung naging execution namin,” he added.
Over-all, the Tamaraws shot 52 percent from the field, while lording it over in points in the paint, 45-28.
Brothers Javi and Juan Gomez de Liaño paced the Maroons with 15 and 13 points, respectively.
FEU 89 -- Orizu 15, Tolentino 13, Comboy 12, Iñigo 11, Parker 11, Cani 8, Eboña 8, Tuffin 5, Stockton 3, Gonzales 2, Escoto 1, Bayquin 0.
UP 73 -- Ja. Gomez de Liaño 15, Ju. Gomez de Liaño 13, Manzo 11, Desiderio 10, Akhuetie 9, Prado 8, Vito 3, Lim 2, Murrell 2, Dario 0, Gozum 0, Jaboneta 0, Spencer 0, Tungcab 0.
Quarterscores: 23-15, 49-35, 69-46, 89-73.