FEU settles for third

4 01 2007

Far Eastern University Tamaraws copped the third place honor in the Fil-oil-Flying V Homegrown Invitational Cup with a stunning 72-63 win over the University of the East Red Warriors Sunday at the crowded Philsports Arena.

Power forward Marnel Baracael scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half, while Ron Cabagnot fired 11 including six important points in the pivotal fourth period to completely upset the Red Warriors.

“I’m happy the team is now able to adjust on our system and though we settled only in third place, I think we can still improve it before UAAP starts,” said third-year FEU mentor Bert Flores. “I’m hoping the new guys on my team becomes more competitive.”

Marlon Adolfo had 10 points, while Sanny Abaring and Andy Mark Barroca hit eight and six points, respectively.

After a 14-all deadlock at the end of first period, solid defense was a key factor for both teams until finally the Tamarraws got the edge with a score of 29-27 at the end of the 1st half.

The Red Warriors leaned on the scoring prowess of Hans Thiele, who produced seven points in the third quarter to seize the lead for the Red Warriors at the start of the last quarter. The Tamaraws, however, outscored the Red Warriors in the final period, 26-15, to win the game.

Hans Thiele led UE with 15 points, while Joel Canizares and James Martinez poured in 14 and 10 points, respectively.

Box scores:

FEU 72—Baracael 19, Cabagnot 11, Adolfo 10, Abaring 8, Barroca 6, Cervantes 5, Asnga 4, Tanuan 3, Alisbo 2, Vinluan 2, Ramos 0.

UE 63—Thiele 15, Canizares 14, Martinez 10, Acua 7, Bandaying 6, Etrone 4, Fampulme 3, Lingganay 2, Llagas 2, Espiritu 0, Reyes 0, Zamar 0.

Quarter scores: 14-14; 29-27; 46-48; 72-63.

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