SAN JUAN City – A masterful defensive job in the second half did wonders as Far Eastern University subdued Arellano University, 87-81, in continuing action at the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup Sunday afternoon (May 21) at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Still, Coach Olsen Racela remained unsatisfied as his Tamaraws almost had a meltdown in the fourth period that nearly cost them the game.
The Tamaraws nursed a precarious 38-37 halftime lead until they applied defensive adjustments centered on Arellano team leader Kent Salado. The result was FEU pulling away entering the fourth period, 72-57.
However, the celebration was short-lived as the Chiefs came roaring back to threaten, 81-83. However, Prince Orizu added two free throws and Hubert Cani hit the pivotal field goal to save the day and give FEU their second win in as many starts while keeping the Chiefs winless in three games.
Orizu powered the Tamaraws with 14 points and seven rebounds. Cani and RJ Ramirez followed with 12 points each.
Salado had 16 points in the first half but was limited to only six in the second half for a total of 22 points to go with seven rebounds and five assists. Zach Nicholls was next with 12 points, all coming from the three-point line.
How They Scored:
FAR EASTERN (87) – Orizu 14, Cani 12, Ramirez 12, Parker 11, Oscoto 10, Tolentino 10, Ebona 6, Bienes 5, Dennison 4, Tuffin 3, Stockton 0, Comboy 0, Inigo 0, Nunag 0.
ARELLANO (81) – Salado 22, Nicholls 12, Meca 11, Flores 11, Enriquez 9, Canete 9, Aguilar 3, Concepcion 2, Rivera 2, Ongolo Ongolo 0, Padilla 0, Chavez 0, Villoria 0, Cahigas 0, Juico 0, Taywan 0, de Guzman 0.
Period Scores: 19-15, 38-37, 72-57, 87-81.