UAAP Season 85: Tams pound on undermanned Green Archers

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Far Eastern University continued its resurgence, adding undermanned De La Salle University to its list of victims, 57-53, in the UAAP Season 85 men’s basketball tournament at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

The Tamaraws went on an 8-0 run to lead by six with 52.9 seconds left, 56-50.

CJ Austria then answered for the Green Archers with a triple with 31.9 ticks to go before FEU failed to convert on the other end.

Cholo Anonuevo of the FEU Tamaraws [UAAP photo]
Cholo Anonuevo of the FEU Tamaraws [UAAP photo]

With one more chance to tie the game, Austria fumbled the ball in from of Bryan Sajonia before Xyrus Torres sealed the deal from the line.

“Sinwerte kami because of that situation La Salle is in (five players out) but a win is a win, we’ll take it,” said Tamaraws coach Olsen Racela.

“Grinding out wins helps with the team’s character. Down the line I think this will help us as long as we stay healthy.”

FEU got its fourth straight win to improve to 4-6 while La Salle absorbed its third consecutive defeat, sinking to 3-5.

Mark Nonoy of the DLSU Green Archers [UAAP photo]
Mark Nonoy of the DLSU Green Archers [UAAP photo]

The Green Archers played without standouts Schonny Winston (calf), Mike Phillips (stomach flu), and Evan Nelle (suspension). Also missed were Raven Cortez (ankle) and Ice Blanco (fever).

Torres got 12 points and two steals for the Tamaraws while L-Jay Gonzales had 10 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

Sajonia added nine points, five assists, and four rebounds, while Patrick Tchuente chimed in five points, eight rebounds, and four blocks.

Kevin Quiambao led La Salle with 12 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.

The Scores:

FEU 57 — Torres 12, Gonzales 10, Sajonia 9, Anonuevo 6, Sleat 6, Bautista 6, Tchuente 5, Bagunu 2, Sandagon 1, Alforque 0, Tempra 0, Celzo 0.

La Salle 53 — Quiambao 12, Nwankwo 8, Austria 8, Estacio 8, Buensalida 5, Nonoy 4, Abadam 3, Macalalag 2, B. Phillips 2, Manuel 1, Escandor 0.

Quarters: 16-13, 33-27, 44-43, 57-53.

Brian Yalung