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Tamaraws repulse Warriors, 92 to 81

Games Saturday
(MOA Arena)
2 p.m. UP vs NU
4 p.m. Ateneo vs UST

THE Far Eastern University Tamaraws struggled for three quarters before unleashing their might in the final canto to repulse the University of the East Warriors, 92-81, yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The Warriors’ prolific shooters Edison Batiller and Chris Javier were finally almost silenced in the final period, allowing the Tamaraws to post their fourth win in five games in the 78th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament.

UE’s Christopher Javier (14) tries to defy the double-team put up by FEU’s Mark Belo (12) and Raymar Jose in a UAAP game won by the Tamaraws, 92-81. ROMAN PROSPERO

Mark Belo sizzled with 12 of 24 points in the last period, leading a 12-4 run with two charities in the last 9:36 of the fourth.

After that, Monbert Arong’s charity, followed by Belo’s two triples and putback in the final 4:55 had FEU unleashing a huge 19-0 surge.

When it was finished, FEU was ahead by 13, 88-75, off Mike Tolomia’s split charity in the final 1:55.

 “Every game, we expected our opponents to come out strong. ‘Yun ang kinakapa namin, the right mix of players. So, in the fourth, we just stuck to our veterans,” said FEU coach Nash Racela.

Batiller led UE with 18 points.

But when Racela instructed veteran guard Francis Tamsi to keep an eye on him in the final period, Batiller was held scoreless in the final 10 minutes.

Javier came up with 13 points and was limited to two in the last quarter asFEU forced UE to commit 14 of 21 turnovers in the second half.

FEU got off to a good start, pulling away on an 8-0 lead in the last 7:45.

But the Warriors turned the table around, with Paul Varilla knocking in 5 of nine points in the first 10 minutes, including two charities in the last 2:15, which put UE ahead, 19-15.

They moved away, 26-16, behind Edgar Charcos’ trey with 2:15 to go.

RR de Leon made five of seven points in the second canto, including a pair of driving shots, which gave UE their biggest lead, 36-21, with 7:04 remaining.

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