UP pulls off shocker, upsets FEU – Cheers everyone!!!
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MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons won their 2nd game of the UAAP season with a 76-63 upset of the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws.
The Maroons snapped a 12-game losing streak against the Tamaraws, which dates back to August 28, 2004.
Jet Manuel led the way for UP, leading all scorers with 20 points, and adding 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
The Maroons led 28-25 by halftime, as they forced the Tamaraws into only 29% field goal shooting.
FEU kept the game close until midway through the 3rd quarter.
After UP’s Mike Silungan scored on a put-back, FEU’s Jens Knuttle and Mike Tolomia reeled off 5 straight points to bring the Tamaraws to within 1, 36-35.
But the Maroons ended the 3rd period on a 16-7 run, capped by a buzzer-beating jumper by Manuel. They led 51-42 going into the last period.
In the 4th, UP’s lead ballooned to 13 points, 59-46, after a 3-point play by Manuel.
But Tolomia tried to lead FEU’s comeback, leading an 8-2 run to bring the lead down to 7, 61-54.
UP fought back, however, as center Alinko Mbah led a 12-2 run to give the Maroons their biggest lead at 73-56.
Silungan had a brilliant all-around game for UP, scoring 16 points and adding 9 rebounds and 7 assists.
Jelo Montecastro added 14 markers, 6 boards and 4 dimes for UP.
The Tamaraws were missing the services of JR Cawaling, who had to sit out due to an injury sustained in their previous game.
They were given another blow when Mark Bringas was sent out of the playing court late in the 4th period after a hard foul against Mbah.
It remains to be seen if Cawaling and Bringas will play in FEU’s last game of the 1st round, which will be against defending champion Ateneo.
The Tamaraws dropped to 4-2, while the Maroons’ record improved to 2 wins against 3 losses.
as of 08/04/2011 5:58 PM
by Camille B. Naredo, abs-cbnNEWS.com