SAN JUAN City – Reigning UAAP champion Far Eastern University unveiled a totally-revamped roster but still retained the winning formula as they halted San Sebastian College, 77-64, in continuing action from the 2016 FilOil Flying V Premier Cup at the San Juan Arena Wednesday (May 4). Still, Coach Nash Racela was unsatisfied with the Tamaraws’ performance but remained optimistic about the team’s progress.
FEU raced ahead after the first period, 19-7, behind two triples by guard Joe Allen Trinidad and four points from center Ken Holmqvist. Halftime score was pegged at 29-26 after the Stags mounted a rally behind Michael Calisaan, Ryan Costelo and Jason David.
With momentum on their side, San Sebastian finally tied the game for the first time on a David triple and Dale Miguel stole the ensuing inbound for an easy two and grab the lead, 39-37. That was the Stags’ highlight of the day as FEU countered with a 16-2 blitzkrieg anchored on Monbert Arong and Steve Holmqvist, 53-41.
“We had too many turnovers today,” said Coach Racela. “We cannot play like that against our fellow UAAP teams otherwise we would be losing by 20 points.”
However, Coach Racela was happy with the play today of the Holmqvist brothers and his two recruits from New Zealand, Ken Tuffin and Joseph Nunag. “I would like to give these players all the chances to show that they can play since UAAP is still five months away,” added Coach Racela.
Arong led all scorers with 16 points on top of five rebounds but had six turnovers. Steve Holmqvist and Trinidad followed with 11 markers each.
Costelo was the high man for the Stags with 15 points. Calisaan supported him with 13 points and eight rebounds but it was not enough to give debuting coach Edgar Macaraya the victory.
How They Scored:
FAR EASTERN (77) – Arong 16, Trinidad 11, S. Holmqvist 11, Denila 9, Nunag 5, Ebona 5, Lee Yu 4, Nebedum 4, Tuffin 4, K. Holmqvist 4, Dennison 2, Comboy 2, Bienes 0, Roxas 0.
SAN SEBASTIAN (64) – Costelo 15, Calisaan 13, David 9, Valdez 9, Gayosa 8, Miguel 4, Mercado 2, Capobres 2, Fabian 2, Bulanadi 0, Johnson 0, Sera Josef 0, Ilagan 0, Baetiong 0.
Period Scores: 19-7, 29-26, 55-46, 77-64.