Ate­neo races to 2-0 record af­ter win over UP

Far East­ern Univer­sity Ta­ma­raws send Univer­sity of the East Red War­riors crash­ing anew

Business World - - SPORTS - By Michael An­gelo S. Murillo Re­porter

THE Ate­neo Blue Ea­gles notched their sec­ond straight vic­tory in Sea­son 80 of the Univer­sity Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines (UAAP) fol­low­ing their vic­tory over the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines (UP) Fight­ing Ma­roons, 92-71, yes­ter­day in their “Bat­tle of Katipunan” to claim early tour­na­ment lead­er­ship.

Dis­play­ing a bal­anced at­tack, the Ea­gles kept them­selves ahead of the Ma­roons for much of the con­test notwith­stand­ing the grit that the Dil­i­man-based team showed.

Ear­lier in the day, the Far East­ern Univer­sity (FEU) Ta­ma­raws bounced back from their tour­na­ment de­but last week­end, de­feat­ing the Univer­sity of the East (UE) Red War­riors, 90-83, to im­prove to 1-1 while send­ing UE (0-2) to its sec­ond straight de­feat.

Ate­neo came out charg­ing to start the game against UP, racing to an 8-2 lead early on.

But the Ma­roons slowly clawed their way back, ty­ing the match at 16-all with less the a minute to play be­fore Ate­neo swung six quick points on back-to-back triples from Isaac Go and Jolo Mendoza to push Ate­neo to a 22-16 lead at the end of the first canto.

UP col­lected four straight points to be­gin the sec­ond pe­riod and re­duce Ate­neo’s lead to two points, 22-20.

The Ea­gles though would re­gain their bear­ing and started to crank things up to make a 36-25 sepa­ra­tion mid­way into the quar­ter.

The two teams went back and forth there­after to set­tle the score at 44-36 with Ate­neo still ahead half­way into the match.

Third quar­ter saw the Ea­gles sus­tain­ing their com­mand over the Ma­roons, 62-51.

Rookie Tyler Tio jump-started things for Ate­neo in the fourth quar­ter, col­lect­ing 10 straight points to help his team build an 18-point cush­ion, 72-54, with eight min­utes re­main­ing.

UP tried to rally back but the Ea­gles were just too tough to crack as they went on to book the vic­tory.

Thirdy Ravena paced Ate­neo with 16 points on top of seven re­bounds while Tio had 14 mark­ers. Rook­ies Juan Gomez de Liano and Jun Manzo, mean­while, led UP with 16 and 14 points, re­spec­tively.

TA­MA­RAWS EN­TER WIN COL­UMN

In the first game, FEU got off to a strong start in its match against UE and just sus­tained the mo­men­tum it got from it the rest of the way to en­ter the win col­umn in Sea­son 80.

Big man Prince Orizu and Ron Den­ni­son got their team go­ing in the open­ing quar­ter en route to the Ta­ma­raws claim­ing the pe­riod, 28-11.

UE though would make its move in the suc­ceed­ing quar­ter, be­hind Clark Derige and Nick Abanto, outscor­ing FEU, 31-22, to nar­row its deficit by the half­time break, 52-42.

The War­riors con­tin­ued to fight against the Ta­ma­raws but the lat­ter would find ways to check their op­po­nents to re­main in com­mand, 75-64, at the end of the third pe­riod.

But UE would not re­lent, go­ing on a 9-5 run in the first four min­utes of the pay­off quar­ter to cut down its deficit to just seven points, 80-73.

Den­ni­son, how­ever, would score six straight points there­after to give his team ex­tra breath­ing room from which the Ta­ma­raws would take cue from and use to close out the game.

Den­ni­son fin­ished with 16 points to go along with four re­bounds, three as­sists and two steals while Orizu had a dou­ble-dou­ble of 15 points and 16 re­bounds.

Richard Es­coto, Barkley Ebona and Arvin To­lentino had 11 points apiece for the Ta­ma­raws.

UE, mean­while, was led by Derige with 22 mark­ers. Alvin Pasaol back­stopped him with 13 points, six re­bounds and four as­sists.

“Den­ni­son played well for us to­day. He has cer­tainly im­proved as a player,” said FEU coach Olsen Racela of their best player of the game af­ter their win.

UAAP Sea­son 80 ac­tion re­sumes on Satur­day also at the Smart Araneta Coli­seum with the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons De La Salle Green Archers (1-0) go­ing up against the Na­tional Univer­sity Bull­dogs (1-0) at 2 p.m. and the Adam­son Soar­ing Fal­cons (0-1) col­lid­ing with the Univer­sity of Santo To­mas Growl­ing Tigers (0-1) at 4 p.m.

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