FEU Tamaraws 80 – UE Red Warriors 61
The FEU Tamaraws exacted revenge on the UE Red Warriors, the team that upset them in the first round of the season. More importantly, they break their four-game losing streak and move back into Final Four contention with a 6-6 record.
The Tamaraws found their offense in the game today. Barkley Ebona and Kenneth Tuffin set the tone for the team when they formed a strong combo to open the game. Tuffin found his range and bombed UE from beyond the arc. Ebona controlled the paint with strong rebounding and offensive putbacks inside. The two scored 13 of the team’s 21 points in the first half, equalling the output of the Red Warriors.
In the second quarter, Arvin Tolentino joined in on the scoring fun. The offensive-minded forward dropped 10 points in the second period to lead FEU to a 15-point lead. They cruised to a wire-to-wire win in the second half.
Tolentino led the way with 18 points and five boards. Tuffin scored 17 points on five treys. Ebona had 12 points and 16 rebounds. The Tamaraws show 50% from beyond the arc with 15 makes. They also assisted on 22 of their 27 made field goals.
ADMU Blue Eagles 62 – AdU Soaring Falcons 48
In the first round, the Adamson Falcons shocked the Ateneo Blue Eagles with their intense defensive pressure. This round, the Blue Eagles gave the Falcons a tasted of their own medicine. The two teams engaged in a defensive slugfest which Ateneo won to get back at Adamson.
The defensive nature of this game was evident from the get go. The Blue Eagles and the Falcons managed to only score nine points each in the first quarter as they prevented each other from getting any clean looks at the hoop. The Blue Eagles got separation in the second quarter when their bench sparked a charge.
They scored 17 points during that stretch with Gian Mamuyac, Mike Nieto and Isaac Go hitting key baskets. Ateneo limited Adamson to 17 points in the entire first half. In the third quarter, Isaac Go and Anton Asistio led the charge. The two teamed up to bomb the Falcons from beyond the arc to extend Ateneo’s lead to comfortable levels.
The Blue Eagles limited the Falcons to just 27% shooting and forced 22 turnovers in the game. Jerrick Ahanmisi, Papi Sarr and Sean Manganti could only manage 8/32 shooting from the field.