The 2014 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup: April 26, 2014 Roundup

Action in the 2014 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup heated up yesterday as the men’s teams took to the hardwood. At the end of the day, FEU, San Sebastian, San Beda, and De La Salle all came away with debut wins.

(Left) Arthur Dela Cruz saves the ball, (Middle-Top) Terence Mustre debuts for DLSU,
(Middle-Bottom) Mike Tolomia drives strong, and (Right) Jaymark Perez impresses anew for Baste.

In the day’s opener, the San Sebastian Golden Stags leaned on their frontline to fashion out an 81-78 win over the UP Fighting Maroons. Rhanzel Yong led the Stags here, shooting 7/13 from the floor to finish with 16 points in just 18 minutes of action. He was backstopped by Jaymark Perez, who recorded an all-around stat-line – 14 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. Fil-Aussie Bradwyn Guinto also impressed, recording 11 markers, 4 boards, and 2 blocked shots. It was a tight game all throughout, but the Stags held sway mainly because they clobbered the Maroons on the glass, 59-39, and had 22 second-chance points to just 2 for UP. Former San Beda Red Lion Dave Moralde led UP with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 assists, while the backcourt trio of Henry Asilum, Kyles Lao, and the returning Mikee Reyes combined for 42 markers.

Dave Moralde debuts as a UP Fighting Maroon.

Jaymark Perez challenges the UP defense.

Rhanzel Yong pulls up for the midrange J.

The second game saw the FEU Tamaraws giving a beatdown to the Mapua Cardinals, 89-77, behind the 19 points of Mike Tolomia. The younger brother of former pro Chester Tolomia also handed out 4 assists and hauled down 3 rebounds in just 18 minutes of play. He got ample support from national team cadet player Mark Belo, Raymar Jose, and Alejandro Iñigo, who scored 13, 12 , and 11 points respectively. Things started tight in the first quarter, but the Tams opened it up in the second quarter and just cruised to their first win. They survived the 28-point outburst of Josan Nimes, who drilled three triples. Russel Escoto also returned to action for FEU, playing 14 minutes, scoring 3 points, and grabbing 3 rebounds.

Mike Tolomia is expected to be FEU's main man this season.

Mac Belo's national team experience should help him
big time in Season 77.

In the third game, the San Beda Red Lions had to battle NCAA rivals Letron through two overtimes to notch their first victory of the summer, 99-96. The Knights actually had the upper hand for most of the game until the Lions mounted a big rally in the fourth period to force extra sessions. Baser Amer came away as the game’s best player, hitting 3 treys on his way to 28 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Former Ateneo Blue Eagle Arthur Dela Cruz also did well, contributing a double-double – 21 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Big man Ola Adeogum was also dominant with 13 markers and 12 boards. On the other end, pint-sized Mark Cruz led four Knights in double-figures with 18 points on 7/14 FG shooting. Ford Ruaya, Rey Nambatac, and Jamil Gabawan all combined for 34 markers in Letran’s losing effort.

Arthur Dela Cruz shows some hustle in saving the basketball.

Baser Amer was everywhere in this marathon game.

Mark Cruz shows grace in this lay-up.

The final match of the day resulted in the reigning UAAP Champion De La Salle Green Archers subduing a game UE Red Warriors side, 69-62. DLSU trailed by four entering the payoff period, but they flipped the switch and rallied to beat the Recto Reds, who are now coached by Derrick Pumaren. Pumaren had coaching tenures in the PBL, PBA, and with DLSU, too. He is the second Pumaren to coach the Warriors (younger brother Dindo helmed UE from Season 68 to 71). Big man Arnold Van Opstal, who looked like he bulked up in the offseason, led all scorers with 16 points on 6/9 FG shooting. AVO also tallied 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block. He was ably supported by backcourt partners Thomas Torres and Almond Vosotros, who scored 12 and 10 markers respectively. One interesting sighting was the comebacking Yutien Andrada. Andrada tore his ACL in the summer of 2013, but he looked energetic and very active in yesterday’s affair, scoring 4 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. Roi Sumang and Moustapha Arafat led UE’s fightback in this game, pairing up for a total of 27 points, but their efforts weren’t enough to thwart the Archers’ fourth quarter storm. DLSU limited UE to just 9 points in the payoff period while scoring 20 of their own.

Roi Sumang is expected to be UE's #1 gun anew this season.

Terence Mustre, son of former PBAer Mike Mustre, returns to
Manila and dons the Green & White.

Thomas Torres showed fine shooting form against UE.

Box Scores:
SSC 81 – Yong 16, Perez 14, Guinto 11, Fabian 8, Tano 6, Costelo 5, Calisaan 4, Camsura 3, Dela Cruz 3, Santos 3, Bragias 2, Alvarez 2, Balucanag 2, Mamaril 2, Aquino 0, Mercado 0
UP 78 Moralde 18, Asilum 15, Lao 14, Reyes 13, Juruena 8, Vito 5, Dario 3, Harris 2, Gingerich 0
QS: 26-21, 45-42, 62-60, 81-78

FEU 89 Tolomia 19, Belo 13, Jose 12, Iñigo 11, Hargrove 6, Pogoy 5, Padilla 5, Cruz 4, Escoto Ru 3, Tamsi 3, Denila 2, Dennison 2, Ugsang 2, Delfinado 2, Escoto Ri 0
MIT 77 Nimes 28, Saitanan 15, Eriobu 8, Cantos 6, Layug 5, Manarin 4, Biteng 3, Estrella 3, Gabo 2, Serrano 2, Brana 1, Canaynay 0
QS: 18-12, 41-28, 67-57, 89-77

SBC 99
– Amer 28, Dela Cruz 21, Adeogun 13, Semerad A 8, Sara 7, Pascual 6, Abarcar 6, Ludovice 3, Cabanag 2, Mendoza 2, Mocon 2, Koga 1, TOngco 0, Semerad D 0, Estrada 0
CSJL 96 – Cruz 18, Ruaya 12, Nambatac 11, Gabawan 11, Racal 9, Publico 8, Quinto 7, Luib 6, Singontiko 4, Saldua 4, Dela Pena 4, Apreku 2, Castro 0, Pantin 0, Po 0
QS: 24-20, 39-48, 52-62, 78-78, 91-91, 99-96

DLSU 69 – Van Opstsla 16, Torres T 12, Vosotros 10, Teng 8, Salem 5, Andrada 4, Montalbo 4, Rivero 2, Torres N 2, Tratter 2, Mustre 2, Dela Paz 2, Sargent 0
UE 62 – Sumang 15, Arafat 12, Galanza 7, Olayon 7, Palma 6, Javier 5, Varilla 3, Alberto 3, Caparida 2, Charcos 2, Jumao-as 0, De Leon 0, Hernandez 0
QS: 20-10, 32-28, 49-53, 69-62

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