BRAVE. Ron Dennison and FEU took care of business against UE.
Olsen Racela is now a winner in the UAAP.
And the first-time head coach has his longest-tenured player to thank for their breakthrough in the Season 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Graduating guard Ron Dennison kept up his scoring binge, Arvin Tolentino and Prince Orizu imposed their will down low, and the Tamaraws charged right through University of the East, 90-83, on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Racela’s debut didn’t go as planned as he and his boys fell to defending champion De La Salle University last Sunday.
And so, FEU didn’t take too long to get going this time around. “Yun talaga ang in-address namin. Las game kasi, kinailangan pa naming maghabol,” Racela said.
The Red Warriors scored the game’s first three points, but Ron Dennison and Orizu then got together for a vicious 26-6 tear that, all of a sudden, put up a 26-9 lead for the Tamaraws.
UE again threatened at 73-80 inside the last seven minutes only to see six straight points from Dennison punctuate an 8-3 counter for his team. That re-established the 88-76 edge his team would keep until the final buzzer.
“Malaking bagay yung improvement niya sa offense for his development as a player,” the head coach said of his floor leader who had 16 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals in this one.
Orizu also posted a 15-point, 16-rebound double-double while big men Barkley Ebona, Richard Escoto, and Arvin Tolentino all scored 11 markers. “Yun naman ang gusto namin; team effort talaga dapat,” Racela said.
Now at 1-1, Racela’s wards have climbed from out of the bottom of the leaderboard. “It always give you satisfaction when you win, but malayo pa kami kung saan namin gusto pumunta,” he said.
On the other hand, UE dropped their second game in a row despite the best efforts of Clark Derige who had 22 points.
Alvin Pasaol had 13 points under his name, but only made good on two of his 12 attempts and also fouled out with 4:28 left.
FEU 90 – Dennison 16, Orizu 15, Escoto 11, Ebona 11, Tolentino 11, Inigo 8, Ramirez 7, Parker 4, Trinidad 3, Tuffin 2, Comboy 2, Cani 0, Bienes 0
UE 83 – Derige 22, Pasaol 13, Acuno 8, Abanto 8, Manalang 6, Olayon 6, Maloles 6, Varilla 5, Conner 4, Bartolome 3, Cullar 1, Armenion 1, Gagate 0
QUARTER SCORES: 28-11, 52-42, 75-64, 90-83
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