SAN JUAN City – Far Eastern University caught Adamson University flatfooted to hack out a 72-53 victory at the 11th FilOil Flying V Premier Cup at the FilOil Flying V Centre Sunday (June 4). With their fifth win in six games, the Tamaraws assured themselves of a spot in the knockout quarterfinals later this month.
FEU’s Arvin Tolentino started like a house on fire as his 17-point first half output nearly matched the 18 points of the Falcons. The Tams led comfortably at the break, 40-18, and coasted to the victory.
Tolentino finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes of action. Ron Dennison and Prince Orizu supported him with eight points each.
“I’m still trying to understand the college game,” said Coach Olsen Racela. “I cannot see why we played very good today after playing bad in our last game.”
The Tams bowed to the University of the Philippines, 68-71, last Wednesday on the late game heroics of Paul Desiderio. That marked their first loss after a four-game winning streak to open the tournament.
Jerie Pingoy, who spent his high school days at FEU, paced the Falcons with 13 points and three steals. Sean Manganti was next with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Adamson became the first team to finish their eight-game schedule. At 6-2, the Falcons are likewise assured of the quarterfinals and are waiting for the results of the remaining games to determine their final seeding.
How They Scored:
FAR EASTERN (72) – Tolentino 22, Dennison 8, Orizu 8, Inigo 7, Parker 5, Bienes 5, Escoto 4, Comboy 3, Ramirez 3, Stockton 2, Trinidad 2, Nunag 2, Ebona 1, Bayquin 0, Denila 0, Tuffin 0.
ADAMSON (53) – Pingoy 13, Manganti 10, Camacho 7, Manalang 5, Ahanmisi 5, Sarr 4, Mustre 3, Vizcarra 3, Zaldivar 2, Ochea 1, Paranada 0, Chua 0, Noble 0, Frias 0.
Period Scores: 20-11, 40-18, 57-38, 72-53.