FEU humbles Adamson

12 08 2007

Far Eastern University is now sitting unperturbed in 2nd place after crawling its way to victory over Adamson University, 72-69, in the UAAP Season 70 at the Araneta Coliseum last August 12.

But Coach Glen Capacio believes his team has still so much more to improve to be able to get through this season with flying colors. “I have a very young team. They still panic during crunchtime. I hope when it comes to the bigger games, we’ll be able to finish the way we want it to.”

Coach Glen revealed that FEU’s game plan was to stop 1st round scoring leader, Patrick Cabahug. “We stopped Cabahug. But we weren’t able to stop Hugnatan.”

Roel Hugnatan led the Falcons’ score sheet with 24 points, grabbing 10 boards. While Patrick Cabahug pitched in for 14 points. Adamson is still in 7th place with a 1-8 record.

Adamson took command of the game early in the first period with a 4-point lead, 22-18. The Tamaraws caught up with the Falcons in the second quarter and tied the game at 38, just before the half-time break.

FEU made 14/32 FGs while Adamson made 15/33. However, the Tamaraws listed 23 bench points compared to only 4 for the Falcons. Paul Sanga already was already producing 15 points before the third quarter ended.

In the third period, the Tamaraws started to push forward. They lit a 9-2 run and made it a 7-point ball game, 40-47, with 6:25 minutes to play. Paul Gonzalgo and Jan Colina tried to cut down the lead down to three. But back to back three-point plays by Marnel Baracael brought the lead back to seven. Baracael, however, failed to complete both bonus free throws. But still managed a 51-44 lead for the Tamaraws with 4:50 minutes left in the 3rd.

Reil Cervantes made two FGs followed by 2/2 charities by Mark Barroca that pushed the Tams further with a double digit lead, 57-46 with 2:15 left. The Falcons could only cut the FEU lead to eight after three quarters, 61-53.

In the final quarter, Hugnatan stepped forward for the blue shirts making a hefty 8 points in the last period. A 2/2 conversion from the stripe by Cabahug plus baskets from Hugnatan and Colina made it just a four point deficit, 59-63, with 6:31 minutes left. But Aldrech Ramos completed a three-point play to extend FEU’s lead further, 66-59. Adamson sparked a 6-0 run with only 1:55 minutes left to play but it wasn’t enough.

FEU – 72

Sanga 15, ernandez 12, Ramos 9, Barroca 8, Baracael 8, Cervantes 7, Adolfo 6, Cawaling 5, Abaring 2, Knuttel 0

ADU – 69

Hugantan 24, Cabahug 16, Canuday 7, Yambot 6, Colina 4, Margallo 4, Gonzalgo 4, Canada 2, Alvarez 2, Lozada 0, Olalia 0, Santos 0, Gorospe 0

Quarter Scores: 18-22, 38-38, 61-53, 72-69

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