Friday, 7 August 2009 247 Comments
PERHAPS, seeing Dylan Ababou in uniform gave Far Eastern University that extra incentive to win.
Ababou, who escaped suspension after throwing a closed fist on a De La Salle University cager last time out, was a figurative no-show as the Tamaraws shred his University of Sto. Tomas quintet in pieces, 90-63 in UAAP Season 72 at the Araneta Coliseum last August 6.
Slotman Aldrech Ramos, forward Paul Sanga and the versatile Pipo Noundou took turns torching the Growling Tigers’ hoop as early as the first quarter. The Tams extended their six-point first quarter bubble with a 14-0 run to open the second period as the offensive-minded EspaÃ±a outfit failed to nail a bucket in the first five minutes of that quarter. Coach Glenn Capacio’s troops never looked back and struck at any and every UST comeback attempt. At the defensive end, the Tamaraws held Ababou to a season-low three first half points.
The lanky Ramos topscored for FEU with 22 points, with Noundou tallying 15. Incidentally, both cagers registered double-doubles, hauling down 13 and 11 boards, respectively. Together, the towering Tams outrebounded UST by a massive 26 caroms, 55-29. Rookie Jeric Teng led UST, now on a two-game losing streak, with 20 points. Ababou, whom the board spared from suspension since he was not whistled for anything in that questionable incident in the DLSU game, had 10 points on 3-for-12 shooting from the field.
Capacio said, “I’m happy for the boys [as] they played well on defense. Yun ang lagi kong pini-preach sa kanila. Try to make stops kasi dun mag-uumpisa ang offense natin. Yung leading scorer sa UST, nalimit namin kaya natutuwa ako. Guys like JR [Cawaling] and Paul Sanga played well on defense especially on Dylan. Nag-dictate pa rin ng tempo ng game yung defense namin. Problem lang namin we weren’t able to stop Teng kasi naka-focus kami kay Ababou and Mirza. Sana maging consistent si Aldrech sa pag-contribute ng monster game. Pinipreach ko din lagi sa kanila yung ball movement kasi ayoko umasa sa 2-3 players lang.”
FEU, with the win, is now tied with Ateneo de Manila University atop the team standings at 5-1. The Growling Tigers, meanwhile, fell to 3-3.
FEU 90 – Ramos 22, Noundou 15, Barroca 15, Cawaling 11, Cervantes 10, Sanga 9, Tanuan 3, Eguilos 3, Knuttel 2, Vinluan 0, Manalo 0, Garcia 0, Exciminiano 0, Caluag 0.
UST 63 – Teng 20, Mirza 10, Camus 10, Ababou 10, Fortuna 5, Green 4, Mariano 2, Felix 2, Rushdy 0, Marquez 0, Maliksi 0, Cam 0, Bautista 0, Aytona 0, Afuang 0.
Quarter scores: 20-14, 47-25, 64-48, 90-63.