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    JR Pasaol, Baby Tams bounce back with rout of Junior Archers

    Jan 25, 2023

    FAR Eastern University-Diliman bounced back from its first loss of the season, trouncing De La Salle-Zobel, 80-58, for its third win in four games in the UAAP Season 85 High School Boys' Basketball Tournament on Wednesday at the Filoil Ecooil Centre in San Juan.

    The Baby Tamaraws were coming off a 71-73 defeat at the hands of Adamson University last Sunday.

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    "Breaks of the game nangyari last game," said FEU-D assistant coach Denok Miranda, filling in for head coach Allan Albano for the third straight game as the latter's dad passed away last week.

    "Kinausap namin sila to stay positive at matuto sa game na yun. Kailangan namin yung ganung experience pagdating sa big games. Good experience sa amin yun."

    The Junior Archers led, 29-28, in the first half.

    Behind Liam Salangsang, who scored all nine of his points in the third quarter, the Baby Tamaraws turned it up in the third quarter with a 30-point frame to gain a 58-41 lead.

    The FEU lead reached 26 points, 71-45, after a JR Pasaol trey with 7:45 remaining.

    "First half kasi medyo tight ang mga players at hindi rin kami maka-shoot. Give credit din sa Zobel dahil maganda rin yung depensa nila. Maganda naman yung second half at naka-adjust kami. May inside points kami at nag-connect na yung three-point shot namin. Na-contain din namin sila at gumana na yung defensive schemes namin," said Miranda.

    Pasaol once again led the Baby Tamaraws in scoring with 18 points to go along with six assists.


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    Luke Felipe added 14 points and eight rebounds, Cabs Cabonilas had 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Kirby Mongcopa had 10 and 11.

    Ryhle Melencio led DLSZ with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Waki Espina also chipped in 14 markers.

    VJ Pre (toncilitis) missed the game for FEU-D while Kieffer Alas (groin injury) sat out for DLSZ, who fell to 1-3 in the standings.

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      Nieto missed the Blue Eagles' game last Sunday against Nazareth School of National University due to a sprained ankle he sustained last week against University of the Philippines Integrated School.

      With the tied at 64 with 2:12 remaining, Nieto drained a long elbow jumper to give the Blue Eagles the lead. In the next possession, the Gilas Youth captain was able to catch Charles Bucsit off guard, notching a foul while attempting a three-pointer, and calmly drained the three free throws.

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      "It was an ugly win but it was a win that we badly needed," said Blue Eagles head coach Reggie Varilla. "The boys just buckled down on defense in the second half and we just found a way."

      Nieto wound up with 18 points, going 10-of-10 from the charity stripe.

      "Seventy-five percent pa lang daw siya e but we'll take it," said Varilla.

      Kristian Porter tallied nine points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Eagles, who evened their slate to 2-2, tied with UST.

      Mark Llemit and James Jumao-as both produced double-doubles in the loss with the former leading the way with 19 points and 10 rebounds while the latter got 15 points and 11 rebounds.

      The scores:

      First Game

      FEU-D 80 - Pasaol 18, Felipe 14, Mongcopa 10, Cabonilas 10, Salangsang 9, Miranda 6, Pascual 6, Daa 5, Bautista 2, Cabigting 0.

      DLSZ 58 - Melencio 14, Espina 14, Chang 9, Dimaano 9, San Agustin 8, Melecio 4, Pabellano 0, John 0, Dionisio 0, Sta. Maria 0, Arejola 0, Cruz 0, Dimalanta 0, Legaspi 0, Favis 0.

      Quarterscores: 13-17; 28-29; 58-41; 80-58

      Second Game

      Ateneo 71 - Nieto 18, Porter 9, Ebdane 8, Adevoso 8, Salandanan 7, Domangcas 6, Delos Santos 4, De Guzman 3, Arada 3, Santiago 2, Fidel 2, Urbina 1, Prado 0, Aguirre 0, Tupas 0.

      UST 66 - Llemit 19, Jumao-as 15, Manding 12, Pangilinan 8, Bucsit 4, Tesocan 4, Esteban 2, Buenaflor 2, Ayon 0, Naron 0.

      Quarterscores: 21-18; 39-42; 54-53; 71-66.

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