FAR Eastern University came out guns firing and never looked back as it tore through University of the Philippines, 89-73, in the UAAP Season 81 on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
Coming off an upset loss at the hands of University of Santo Tomas last week, the Tamaraws laid the brunt of their rage on the Fighting Maroons as they opened the game with an 8-0 blast and never looked back.
Jasper Parker and Axel Iñigo set the tone early as they charged through the Maroons defense in the first half like bulls tearing through red cloth, before continuing to pounce on the Maroons in the second half – leading by as many as 25 points near the end of the third period.
The closest the Fighting Maroons ever got was within 14 early in the fourth but that the Tamaraws responded with bombs from beyond the arc to stymy that rally.
“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 as they improved to 2-1 for the season.
“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.
Prince Orizu had a perfect night with 15 points on 7-7 shooting alongside seven boards while putting the clamps on Bright Akhuetie who finishe with nine points on 4-11 shooting.
Arvin Tolentino added 13 points, Wendell Comboy finished with 12 while Parker and Iñigo finished with 11 points apiece.
Javi Gomez de Liano led the Maroons with 15 points as they dropped their second consecutive game following a rousing start to the season.
FEU 89 – Orizu 15, Tolentino 13, Comboy 12, Parker 11, Inigo 11, Cani 8, Ebona 8, Tuffin 5, Stockton 3, Gonzales 2, Escoto 1, Bayquin 0
UP 73 – Gomez de Liano Ja 15, Gomez de Liano Ju 13, Manzo 11, Desiderio 10, Akhuetie 9, Prado 8, Vito 3, Murrell 2, Lim 2, Jaboneta 0, Tungcab 0, Gozum 0, Dario 0, Spencer 0
QUARTERS: 25-13, 49-35, 69-46, 89-73