After three embarrassing losses, the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, even without big men Ken Holmqvist and Reymar Jose, were able to lockdown the paint and hand the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Altas their first loss in the 2016 Filoil Flying V Premier Cup, 62-57, Thursday afternoon in San Juan City.
Rey Bienes led the 14 Tamaraws lined up for this game in scoring ten markers on 5 for 6 shooting in the game. The backcourt combination of Steve Holmqvist and Wendell Comboy scored eight apiece while Prince Orizu grabbed eight boards in the win.
The younger Holmqvist and Jose did not play in this game due to serving National duties. The loss of the two big men though inspired the Tamaraws as they were able to limit the foreign student-athlete combination of Prince Eze and Bright Akhuetie to just seven markers and eight boards in the first half. Moreover, Richard Escoto, Steve Holmqvist, and Orizu were able to help FEU gain a 28-22 lead in the first half.
“Happy, not because of the victory, but because of the way we executed,” FEU head coach Nash Racela said. “That’s what we always teach to them, to improve every game.”
The Perpetual rally came in the final period with the Altas going on a 16-6 surge behind Akhuetie’s six points to cut the lead to just four, 55-51, with 3:05 remaining. A fader by Holmqvist and a three-point play by Orizu halted the Perpetual rally but the latter fouled out that fired up Akhuetie.
A split on the stripe by Eze and a three by Gab Dagangon cut the lead to just five, 60-55, with 34 ticks to go while a turnover by Allen Delos Santos led to a layup by AJ Coronel with 18 seconds to go. However, time was not on Perpetual’s side while two free throws by Holqvist sealed the game for FEU.
“Yun yung gusto ni Coach Nash. Yung makita yung improvements namin game by game,” second year floor general Wendell Comboy said. “Siyempre maglalaro rin kami para manalo pero sabi nga ng management, defensive team kami. Kahit hindi kami maka-score, kelangan hindi rin maka-score yung kalaban.”
“Hopefully, we improve day-to-day,” Racela closed.
Coronel led the Altas with 13 points while Dagangon was limited to just 12 markers. Eze and Akhuetie combined for just 15 points and 12 boards in the loss.
The FEU Tamaraws (B, 2-3) look to build on this win as they face the CSB Blazers on Sunday, May 29 at 11:15am. On the other hand, the Perpetual Altas (B, 4-1) will be eager to bounce back in facing the San Sebastian Golden Stags on Friday, May 27 at 1:30pm.
FEU (62) – Bienes 10, S. Holmqvist 8, Comboy 8, Orizu 7, Escoto 7, Tuffin 5, Delos Santos 3, Trinidad 3, Delfinado 3, Arong 2, Inigo 2, Lee Yu 2, Nunag 2, Ebona 0.
UPHSD (57) – Coronel 13, Dagangon 12, Sadiwa 10, Eze 9, Akhuetie 6, Ylagan 3, Singontiko 2, Lucente 2, Pido 0, Yuhico 0, Hao 0.
Quarterscores: 15-9, 28-22, 49-35, 62-57.