CEU’s FilOil Run Over

Alvin Abundo and the team tried their best but the CEU Scorpions' FilOil bid came to an early end.

Alvin Abundo and the team tried their best but the CEU Scorpions’ FilOil bid came to an early end.  (photo courtesy of Dante Peralta)

10847994_961256130560942_3593677251247011386_n     SAN JUAN City – Centro Escolar University’s magical run at the 2015 FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup came to a screeching halt Wednesday (June 10) after the Group B top seed bowed to Far Eastern University, 68-73. The Tamaraws thus advanced to the semifinals this coming Friday (June 12) where they will play defending champion De La Salle University while the other pairing pits Jose Rizal University and last season’s losing finalist San Beda College.

Playing without head coach Nash Racela and frontline stalwarts Mac Belo and Russell Escoto who joined the national team to the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, FEU engaged the Scorpions in a seesaw battle for control with CEU holding the upper hand for the last time on an Alfred Batino three-point play off Raymar Jose, 13-11. From there, Mike Tolomia tied the game and Prince Orizu had his own three-point play off Batino and FEU handily took the first period, 20-17.

With their top big men, Jose stepped up and scattered eight markers in the second canto to further push the Tamaraws ahead by halftime, 44-28. Overall, CEU shot a paltry 11 out of 41 from the field in the first half to spell their doom.

It was the same story in the third as both sides trading baskets with FEU rookie Wendell Comboy nailing a triple at the buzzer for a 61-46 tally. Apparently waving the white flag early by fielding in his role players, the ploy of Coach Edgar Macaraya almost produced a miraculous result as they rallied from 16 points down, 56-72, to only five markers, 68-73, but the time was not enough.

Jose topped all scorers with 16 points on top of seven rebounds. Tolomia added 13 points and five assists for the Tamaraws who were handled by assistant coach Eric Gonzales.

Batino paced the Scorpions with 12 points. Alvin Abundo was the only other CEU player in twin digits with 10 points to go with five rebounds and two steals as the Scorpions absorbed their second loss in nine games.

The other quarterfinal games saw the JRU Heavy Bombers scuttle the University of the East Warriors, 74-67, while the SBC Red Lions survived a searing rally by the Letran College Knights, 75-72. The DLSU Green Archers clipped the University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta Altas, 81-79, as Jeron Teng fired an assist to the waiting Jason Perkins under the basket for the game-winning stab with a second left on the clock.

The Juniors Division semifinals will also be played on Friday. The Ateneo de Manila Blue Eaglets tests the Malayan High School of Science Red Robins at 11:00 AM immediately followed by the matchup between the De La Salle-Zobel Junior Archers and National University Bullpups at 1:00 PM.

How They Scored:

First Game

FAR EASTERN (73) – Jose 16, Tolomia 13, Arong 9, Pogoy 7, Inigo 7, Orizu 7, Comboy 6, Bienes 4, Dennison 2, Tamsi 2, Trinidad 0, Ri. Escoto 0, Liwag 0.

CENTRO ESCOLAR (68) – Batino 12, Abundo 10, Ebondo 9, R. de Leon 9, Casino 9, Celso 8, Arim 7, Vargas 2, Jeruta 1, Saber 0, Anunciacion 0, Opiso 0, K. de Leon 0, Pagkatipunan 0.

Period Scores: 20-17, 44-28, 61-46, 73-68.

Second Game

JOSE RIZAL (74) – Pontejos 22, de la Paz 20, Sanchez 8, Poutouochi 8, Abdulwahab 8, Teodoro 4, Balagtas 2, Grospe 2, Lasquety 1, de la Virgen 0, David 0, Aurin 0.

EAST (67) – de Leon 12, Batiller 11, Varilla 9, Javier 8, Sta. Ana 8, Manalang 6, Awana 4, Penuela 3, Charcos 2, Gagate 2, Gonzales 2, Guiang 0.

Period Scores: 17-19, 42-33, 56-46, 76-67.

Third Game

SAN BEDA (75) – Tankoua 12, Mocon 10, Soberano 8, Mendoza 8, Sara 8, Sorela 8, Koga 7, Adeogun 5, de la Cruz 4, Reyes 2, Carlos 2, Tongco 1, Presbitero 0, Sedillo 0, Abude 0, Abuda 0.

LETRAN (72) – Cruz 20, Quinto 14, Sollano 14, Luib 6, Apreku 6, Publico 5, Balanza 4, Calvo 3, de la Pena 0, Bernabe 0.

Period Scores: 25-13, 45-30, 67-53, 75-72.

Fourth Game

DE LA SALLE (81) – Teng 19, Torres 18, Tratter 14, Caracut 12, Perkins 11, Torralba 5, Gob 2, Sargent 0, Go 0.

PERPETUAL HELP (79) – Akhuetie 25, Dagangon 23, Ylagan 10, Eze 8, Elopre 8, Sadiwa 4, Dizon 1, Oliveria 0, Coronel 0, Bantayan 0, Gallardo 0, Pido 0, Cabiltes 0.

Period Scores: 21-16, 44-33, 67-60, 81-79.


About Anthony E. Servinio

A long-time television sportscaster, magazine writer, photographer and college professor from the Philippines finally gives blogging a try after more than a decade of on-line presence. Read on folks!
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