SAN JUAN City – Far Eastern University maintained its perfect record at the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup by holding off National University, 88-77, in continuing action Friday (May 26) at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Rookie RJ Ramirez starred all game long to deliver the third straight triumph for the Tamaraws.
FEU was well in control in the fourth period when the Bulldogs rallied to trim the deficit to only four points, 77-81, with 1:30 to play. Coach Olsen Racela settled down his wards and they responded with a thundering dunk by Prince Orizu followed by a steal and breakaway layup by Ramirez to up their lead to eight with 45 ticks on the clock, 85-77.
“When NU cut our lead to four I reminded the players to fight via defensive stops,” said Coach Racela. “Whenever we play our fellow UAAP teams, it is a chance for us to gauge where we are right now.”
Ramirez led all scorers with 15 points on top of five assists and three steals. He drew support from Ron Dennison and Arvin Tolentino with 12 markers each.
“I’m doing this for my mother who passed away two years ago,” said Ramirez, a balikbayan from Toronto, Canada whose family traces their roots to Rosario, Cavite. “That’s why I’m here to play basketball and possibly go to the next level.”
Issa Gaye topped the Bulldogs with 14 points and nine rebounds. Reggie Morido followed with 12 points as NU dropped to 3-2.
How They Scored:
FAR EASTERN (88) – Ramirez 15, Dennison 12, Tolentino 12, Cani 9, Escoto 8, Bienes 8, Orizu 8, Comboy 7, Tuffin 4, Inigo 3, Parker 2, Trinidad 0, Ebona 0, Bayquin 0.
NATIONAL (77) – Gaye 14, Morido 12, Alejandro 11, Salem 11, Tibayan 9, Diputado 4, Yu 4, Bartlett 4, Aquino 2, Rangel 2, Lastimosa 2, Abatayo 0, Galvelo 0.
Period Scores: 26-26, 46-45, 67-62, 88-77.