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FEU capitalizes on Perasol-less UP in OT

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FEU exacted their revenge this time!

The Tamaraws split the series against UP Fighting Maroons with a 82-79 overtime victory in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday October 6.

FEU just took advantage of the absence of UP head coach Bo Perasol (three-game suspension) to improve their record at 4-4 — settling at the third spot together with La Salle Green Archers and UST Growling Tigers.

It seemed that the Morayta-based university were on their way to claim their huge victory after being up by 17 points within the last six minutes of the game, 69-53.

UP was not ready throw in their towels just yet, as the Maroons squad rallied a 17-0 comeback to force the duel in the extra period.

Both teams were trading baskets in the overtime, but it was Ken Tuffin who made a crucial three-pointer for the Tams with over a minute remaining, 80-77.

Javi Gomez De Liaño’s contested lay-up pushed UP into a single-point deficit, but Wendell Comboy delivered the final touches of the game with his pull-up jumper.

Tuffin led the Tams’ charge with 18 points on 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc while L-Jay Gonzales displayed his all-around ability with career-highs of 17 points, 12 boards, and six assists.

Pat Tchuente was a force down low with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Xyrus Torres and Comboy contributed 12 and 10 markers respectively.

“We just took it possession-by-possession, focused on every second. We started well, didn’t end well sa regulation pero nakabalik kami nung overtime,” said FEU head coach Olsen Racela.

Meanwhile, UP just dealt their first back-to-back loss this season, dropping at 5-3.

Still, Kobe Paras was the bright spot for UP with his 22 points, nine rebounds, and six steals.

Box Scores

FEU 82 – Tuffin 18, Gonzales 17, Tchuente 14, Torres 12, Comboy 10, Stockton 5, Cani 4, Eboña 2, Alforque 0, Bayquin 0, Bienes 0, Celzo 0, Nunag 0.

UP 79 – Paras 22, Akhuetie 14, Gomez de Liaño Ja. 11, Gomez de Liaño Ju. 8, Manzo 7, Tungcab 5, Rivero 4, Spencer 3, Webb 3, Prado 2, Jaboneta 0, Murrell 0.
Quarter Scores: 18-17, 30-27, 60-43, 69-69, 82-79.