Raymar Jose, FEU Banners Composure, Defeats ‘Fighting’ UP

Raymar Jose threw monstrous effort to recover from their sluggish start as FEU Tamaraws escapes upset over the UP Fighting maroons, 63-60.

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During the first quarter, it almost seems like it is a lop-sided win by the Maroons with Tamaraws trailing, 28-8. However, the meltdown of the Maroons started in the second quarter as defense-driven FEU scored 19 points with team captain Jose’s lead. At this point, UP lead was cut down to 36-27.

Third quarter and the collapse of the Fighting Maroon became vivid as Tamaraws used this as opportunity to become more agressive, lessening their turnovers. Opening the third salvo, the Tamaraws scored 10 points from the heroics of Kiwi Tuffin and Axel Inigo. At the end of the quarter, the once twenty-point-lead has finally come down to a tie at 46.

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Back to zero, both teams were head on but the Tamaraws pulled away keeping it a 9-point lead, 57-48.

In the last few minutes, Jett Manuel and Paul Desiderio threw dagger treys to inch up to the Tamaraws, 60-63. However, their efforts were not enough – coupled with awful execution of their final play leading to FEU Tamaraws win. Best player of the game is Raymar Jose with 20 points, 12 rebounds. King Maroon Manuel top scored for UP with 16 points, 8 rebounds.

Tamaraws move up to 8-2 and are now assured of a playoff spot. UP is now down to 3-7, and is just a few losses away from keeping their hopes at a slot in the Final 4.

FEU Tamaraws 63

Jose 20, Trinidad 9, Arong 8, Inigo 7, Orizu 6, Ebona 5, Tuffin 4, Comboy 2, Holmqvist 2.

UP Fighting Maroons 60

Manuel 16, Desiderio 13, Prado 10, Lim 5, Gomez De Liano 3, Dario 3, Moralde 2, Vito 2, Webb 2.

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