Tamaraws maul Maroons

THE Far Eastern University Tamaraws relied on a huge fourth-quarter explosion to rout the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 75-58, Sunday, in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 78 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The Tamaraws made a 12-0 run to stretch their 53-49 four-point advantage into a rousing 65-49 lead and then coasted the rest of the way to post their second consecutive victory and grab a share of the lead in the standings.

FEU (3-1) caught up with the idle Ateneo De Manila University Blue Eagles (3-1) and the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers at the top of the standings.

Meanwhile, the La Salle Green Archers trounced the Adamson University Falcons, 88-71. The Green Archers (2-2) arrested a two-game slide while inflicting the Falcons’ fourth consecutive loss.

La Salle (2-2) climbed into a tie at fourth place with University of the Philippines (2-2) and the University of the East Red Warriors (2-2). The other teams include defending champion National University Bulldogs (1-3) and Adamson University (0-4).

La Salle coach Juno Sauler, however, was far from satisfied with the way his Green Archers played.

“We still have a lot of things to improve. We gave up too many offensive rebounds, turned the ball over several times. We have lot of things to address,” said Sauler.

Jeron Teng led La Salle with 18 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. Thomas Torres added 16 for the Green Archers.

The Green Archers took command of the game early. Joshua Torralba, who sank two triples in the first quarter, helped spark an early breakaway as the Arcjers moved ahead, 24-10.

La Salle erected its biggest lead of 26 points, 56-30. Adamson coach Mike Fermin complained bitterly to the referees. He was ejected from the game for continuous complaining.

Cameroonian import Papi Sarr tallied 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Falcons, who remain winless in four games.

The scores:

DLSU 88 —Teng 18, Torres 16, Sargent 11, Caracut 9, Torralba 9, Perkins 7, Muyang 6, Tratter 6, Navarro 3, Rivero 2, Gob 1, Pascual 0.

Adamson 71—Sarr 18, Nalos 10, Ng 10, Ochea 9, Polican 8, Tungcab 6, Camacho 5, Fernandez 2, Margallo 2, Miranda 1, Bernardo 0, Capote 0, Villanueva 0.

Quarter scores: 24-10; 47-26; 63-47; 88-71.

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