FEU Tamaraws 90 – UE Red Warriors 83
The FEU Tamaraws quickly learned from the loss in their first game. Instead of getting bogged down into a slow start, the Tamaraws charged early and took a big lead in the first quarter. From then on, they weathered several UE rallies to take home their first win.
The Tamaraws opened up the game with a 28 point outburst and limited the UE Red Warriors to just 11 points in the first period. Prince Orizu set the tone early as he scored seven straight points, all in the paint. He sealed his defender and got an and-one hook shot to go in. On the next play, he got the ball off a nice pass by Ron Dennison and slammed it in with two hands. Finally, he got the ball on a pick and roll and scooped it into the hoop. The rest of the Tamaraws took notice of their big man and aggressively attacked the basket as well.
UE tried to come back behind a patient offense hinged on Alvin Pasaol’s passing inside. They were able to cut the lead down to six points, 47-41 on a corner three by Clark Derige. But FEU was able to rebuild a double-digit lead early in the fourth quarter with another Orizu jam. FEU stayed steady throughout the second half as they answered every UE run with a basket of their own.
Dennison led the Tamaraws in scoring with 16 points while Orizu had 15 points, 16 rebounds the three dunks. Richard Escoto, Barkely Ebona and Arvin Tolentino combined for 33 points in the balanced FEU offensive attack.
ADMU Blue Eagles 92 – UP Fighting Maroons 71
The Ateneo Blue Eagles started the game strong and finished the game even stronger as they won their second straight game in Season 80.
The Blue Eagles were able to jump out to a quick 12-4 lead behind the scoring of Anton Asistio and Chibueze Ikeh. UP managed to cut the lead down to one point, 14-13 after a trey by Jun Manzo but The Blue Eagles were able to stay ahead at the end of one quarter. The Blue Eagles used smart passing and gritty offensive rebounding to continuously build their lead in the middle quarters. UP stayed within striking distance behind gutsy drives by Manzo and Juan Gomez De Liano.
Ateneo held a 14-point lead early in the fourth quarter. UP still had a chance to get back in the game at that point but Tyler Tio happened. The rookie Blue Eagle exploded for 10 straight points to open the final period. He got started with a three-pointer at the top of the key to give the Blue Eagles a 16-point lead. Tio then pulled up for another three-pointer from the left wing to extend the lead to 19. At that point the flood gates opened. Ikeh scored on an and-one basket and Thirdy Ravena got an and-one put back of his own to effectively end the game.
Ravena started slow but found his rhythm in the second half to lead the Blue Eagles with 16 points. Tio scored 14 points on perfect shooting in only 11 minutes playing time. Ikeh and Aaron Black had nine points each.