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Tamaraws win 2009 Filoil Flying V Cup

Tuesday, 16 June 2009 41 Comments

FAR EASTERN University won a tightly-contested and dramatic 2009 Filoil Flying V MVP Cup title game, snatching the plum from last year’s champions University of the East, 84-78 at the Filoil Flying V Arena last June 15.

The Tamaraws took advantage of UE’s sluggish start and led by 18 at the 6:25 mark of the third period. At that same time, however, tempers reached fever pitch as Red Warriors coach Lawrence Chongson was assessed a disqualifying foul for allegedly making contact with the game official after he had sought clarification over a no-call on a Paul Lee play.

A 10-15 minute standstill ensued before Chongson headed to the locker room. However, he wasn’t alone as he took with him six of his veteran wards. Lee, Val Acuna, Elmer Espiritu, Rudy Lingganay, James Martinez and Raffy Reyes all exited the court with their coach, leaving just three players and a total of eight cagers on the team.

Apparently, this served as the catalyst for a huge game and emotional run that would surprise everyone in the venue. At the start of the fourth period, with FEU’s lead down to 14, the six Warriors reappeared. Five of them, sans Reyes, reentered the game in a platoon-like substitution. A lead that stood as high as 24 was cut down to single-digits, thanks to the inside incursions of Lee and the consistent play of Acuna.

The drama, though, was merely beginning. With about 38 ticks left in the game clock, Martinez drove hard to the basket but incurred a bad fall. Medics stretchered him off the court and initial reports indicate that the fifth year guard injured his right knee.

A Pipo Noundou turnover in a subsequent FEU possession handed the Red Warriors a chance to come even closer, something they were able to do after Acuna sank a crucial triple to trim the deficit to two, 80-78, with under 16 seconds left. The Recto unit fouled late in the next possession, and a calm RR Garcia, later named Tournament MVP, sank both free throws before stealing the ball and converting on a jumper as time expired.

JR Cawaling led FEU with 20 points, with Mark Barroca and Garcia scoring 18 and 17, respectively. Lee, meanwhile, had 16 markers for UE.

After the game, a visibly disappointed Chongson voiced his concerns over what had transpired during the game.  “Even before the Lee incident, I felt we were getting the raw end of the calls. [As for the referee], he made contact with me since he bumped into me when I [tried to] clarify the no-call. If it were only up to me, I would’ve walked out of the game. But we carry the name of UE. I took my veterans with me, and told them that if the lead would go down, it’d be better for them to return to the game. So they did just that.“

In the battle for third, San Sebastian College-Recoletos redeemed itself from a loss the other day to San Beda in the Nike Summer League’s finals by winning the rematch, 87-78. Stags forward Calvin Abueva had a huge game, scoring 27 points. The Red Lions, meanwhile, were led by Dave Marcelo, who tallied 20 markers.
The scores:

First game:

San Sebastian 87 – Abueva 27, Najorda 15, Aquino 14, Pascual 14, Bulawan 12, Raymundo 5, del Rio 2, Gatchalian 0, Semira 0, Dizon 0.

San Beda 78 – Marcelo 20, Daniel 13, Gamalinda 11, Taganas 9, Pascual 8, Caram 6, Tecson 5, Soliman 4, Villanueva 2, Koga 0, Tirona 0, Sorela 0.

Quarter scores: 19-25, 42-37, 68-60, 87-78.

Second game:

FEU 84 – Cawaling 20, Barroca 18, Garcia 17, Cervantes 12, Noundou 10, Eguilos 4, Caluag 2, Exciminiano 0, Sanga 0, Tanuan 0, Manalo 0.

UE 78 – Lee 16, Acuna 15, Martinez 9, Espiritu 8, Reyes 7, Flores 6, Zamar 6, Acibar 4, Tagarda 3, Sumido 2, Lingganay 2, Duran 0, Alabanza 0.

Quarter scores: 27-16, 47-25, 64-50, 84-78.

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