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    FEU overcomes J-Jay Alejandro career game to take down NU, grab solo second

    Oct 5, 2016
    Monbert Arong had a career game as well with 20 points to lead FEU over NU. Freddie Dionisio

    FAR Eastern University grabbed solo second place after beating National University, 78-75, on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 79 seniors basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    The Tamaraws won their fourth straight game to improve their record to 5-2, two games behind league-leading La Salle (7-0) after the first round.

    Monbert Arong fired a career-high 20 points for the Tamaraws, who spoiled the efforts of Bulldogs gunner J-Jay Alejandro and his personal-best 31 markers.

    Wendell Comboy added 14 for the Tamaraws, who led by as many as 13.

    “We are within target. I think lahat ng teams, that’s the target, to get wins para maka-advance later. But it’s only the first round,” said FEU coach Nash Racela.

    After leading 66-53 early in the fourth, the Bulldogs mounted a comeback led by Alejandro and tied the game at 71 with an 18-5 run. But Ron Dennison and Richard Escoto hit crucial baskets down the stretch to keep FEU’s lead with only a minute left in the contest.

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    Alfred Aroga had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who slipped to 4-3.

    The scores:

    FEU (78)—Arong 20, Comboy 14, Inigo 12, Escoto 10, Orizu 7, Trinidad 6, Dennison 5, Jose 4, Tuffin 0, Bayquin 0, Holmqvist 0, Ebona 0, Nunag 0.

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    NU (75)—Alejandro 31, Aroga 14, Salem 9, Gallego 9, Salim 4, R. Diputado 2, Aquino 2, Mosqueda 2, Abatayo 0, Morido 0, C. Diputado 0, Sinclair 0, Rangel 0.

    Quarters: 17-14, 39-32, 59-50, 78-75.

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