FAR Eastern University came out of the gates firing and never looked back as it dumped University of the East, 90-83, to grab its first win in the UAAP Season 80 on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
It was a huge bounce back victory for the Tamaraws after dropping their first assignment at the hands of rivals La Salle, 95-90, last Sunday.
After a slow start in their game against the Green Archers, it was the Tamaraws’ turn to start big as Richard Escoto, Prince Orizu and Barkley Ebona sparked the early attack.
A lay-up by Ebona gave the Tamaraws a 30-11 lead early in the second quarter and they never looked back.
Behind Clark Derige, the Red Warriors desperately tried to storm back in the match but they failed to come closer than seven as Ron Dennison did the mop up duties for the Tamaraws.
Leading by just eight late in the fourth, Dennison scored six straight including a jumper at the 2:18 mark to give the Tamaraws an 88-76 lead.
“It always gives you satisfaction when you win lalo na since it’s our first in the season and my first as a (collegiate) head coach. Pero malayo pa kami. We still have a lot of things to do and take care of,” said FEU head coach Olsen Racela.
“Yun yung inaddress namin, yung start namin eh ... hindi pwede kaming naghahabol every game. Okay ginawa namin last game pero masyado kami nabaon nung first quarter. This game baliktad naman maganda yung simula namin,” he added.
Denison continued his stellar play this season as he led the Tamaraws with 16 points on an efficient 7 for 13 shooting to go with four rebounds, three assists and two steals but wasn’t only the veteran guard who did damage for the Tamaraws.
Orizu added 15 points and 16 rebounds as Escoto, Ebona and Arvin Tolentino came off the bench to add 11 points apiece and highlight the Tamaraws’ balanced attack this season.
Clark Derige led the Red Warriors with 22 points off the bench as Alvin Pasaol added 13 points, six rebounds and four assists before fouling out for the second straight game this season.
The Red Warriors actually did a good job forcing turnovers on the Tamaraws while limiting their own errors but their paltry shooting from the field turned out to be their downfall after they made just 24 of their 69 attempts from the field.
The defeat was the second straight for the Red Warriors after dropping an 86-69 decision at the hands of the NU Bulldogs on opening game day.
FEU 90 – Dennison 16, Orizu 15, Escoto 11, Ebona 11, Tolentino 11, Inigo 8, Ramirez 7, Parker 4, Trinidad 3, Tuffin 2, Comboy 2, Cani 0, Bienes 0.
UE 83 – Derige 22, Pasaol 13, Acuno 8, Abanto 8, Manalang 6, Olayon 6, Maloles 6, Varilla 5, Conner 4, Bartolome 3, Cullar 1, Armenion 1, Gagate 0.
Quarterscores: 28-11; 52-42; 75-64; 90-83.