MANILA – (UPDATE) Far Eastern University (FEU) reasserted its mastery over the University of the East (UE) to capture its first win in UAAP Season 82 and send the Red Warriors to a second straight loss, 81-65, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday.
FEU bounced back from its opening-day loss to the University of the Philippines to improve its record to 1-1, while UE dropped to 0-2 after its first two games of the season.
Wendell Comboy found his rhythm in the game, collecting 13 of his career-high 24 markers in the third quarter -- including back-to-back three-point baskets -- to extend FEU's lead to 11, 55-44.
Comboy knocked down 6-of-9 in the three-point territory for 67% shooting. LJ Gonzales also contributed with 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
“It’s always nice to get your first win of the season, especially coming off from that opening day loss to UP. At least, nakaisa na kami,” coach Olsen Racela said.
“Tradisyon naman sa FEU na guard-heavy ang FEU. We rely on our guards. This season is no different. Difference lang siguro we have young guards this season.”
Hubert Cani built a bigger separation at the start of the payoff quarter after a layup off LJay Gonzales's dime, to make it 66-53.
The Tamaraws had a comfortable 15-point advantage with six minutes left to play when Xyrus Torres nailed an uncontested three, 73-58.
The crew of Olsen Racela never looked back until the final buzzer as Comboy hit his 24th point through another trey for a 79-65 lead less than three minutes in the game.
Diakhite Diakhite and Rey Suerte were the only bright spots for the Red Warriors, producing 21 and 17 points, respectively.
FEU pulled away early in the first half after a three-pointer from Comboy in the second period for a 10-point lead, 20-10.
Comboy hit another trey halfway in the quarter and established the biggest lead of the game at 13, 30-17.
The Red Warriors threatened to comeback late in the first half as Rey Suerte scored four consecutive points then one-and-done player Jed Mendoza scored off a putback jumper to cut the deficit to five, 25-30.
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