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Eagles, Tamaraws triumph

  • Written by Theodore Jurado
  • Published in Basketball
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Games Saturday:

(Smart Araneta Coliseum)

2 p.m. -- DLSU vs. NU (M)

4 p.m. -- AdU vs. UST (M)

TYLER Tio finally showed his wares as Ateneo routed University of the Philippines, 92-71, to grab the early lead in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Tio, the Fil-Canadian gunner who underwent one-year residency, introduced himself by scoring eight straight points to open the payoff period as the Blue Eagles built a commanding 70-51 lead with 8:36 remaining.
    
Following up its impressive season-opening 85-65 romp of pre-tournament favorite Adamson last Saturday, Ateneo, last year’s runner-up to La Salle, moved up to 2-0 in the young season.
    
Earlier, Far Eastern University entered the win column with a 90-83 conquest of University of the East in a dragging match which featured a combined 63 fouls.
    
Tio exploded for 10 of his 14 points in the final quarter to lead the way for the Eagles.
    
“It was a lot of fun,” said Tio, who missed the opener due to injury.
    
The Fighting Maroons, who never tasted the lead in the 40-minute match, fell at 1-1 in a tie with the Tamaraws.
    
Hoping to carry the momentum of its 74-73 victory over University of Santo Tomas last Sunday, UP struggled big time, as it bungled attempts even from close range.
    
“Almost everyone contributed, that’s the way we want to play,” assistant coach Sandy Arrescapochaga, as all but two Ateneo players entered the scoring column.
    
For new coach Olsen Racela, FEU is still a work in progress, as proved by a season-high 34 fouls it committed.
    
“Yun ang kailangan naming i-improve, defense. Kailangan namin ng disiplina, especially on the defensive end,” said Racela, who took over from his brother Nash in the off-season.
    
In the women’s division Ateneo, with Trina Guytingco nailing the game-winner, seized the solo lead with a 52-51 nipping of UP, while UE nipped FEU, 59-56, to tie its victims at 1-1.
    
The scores:
    
First game
    
FEU (90) -- Dennison 16, Orizu 15, Escoto 11, Eboña 11, Tolentino 11, Iñigo 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.
    
Quarterscores: 28-11, 52-42, 75-64, 90-83.
    
Second game
    
Ateneo (92)  -- Ravena 16, Tio 14, Black 9, Ikeh 9, Asistio 7, Nieto Ma. 7, Verano 7, Go 6, Nieto Ma. 5, Porter 4, Mendoza 3, Mamuyac 2, Mallillin 2, Tolentino 1, Andrade 0, White 0.
    
UP (71)  -- De Liaño Ju. 16, Manzo 14, Lim 10, Desiderio 9, De Liaño Ja. 6, Prado 6, Webb 3, Romero 3, Ouattara 2, Lao 2, Vito 0, Harris 0, Dario 0.
    
Quarterscores: 22-16, 44-36, 62-51, 92-71.