The 2014 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup: May 3, 2014 Roundup

Yesterday’s action from the 2014 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup featured the victorious debut of the LSGH Junior Blazers and coach Nash Racela’s handing of FEU’s reins to Mike Tolomia.

Mike Tolomia (bottom) is set to be FEU's main man this season in the UAAP.


In the lone Juniors match of the day, La Salle Green Hills leaned on a strong finishing kick to turn back the gritty UST Tiger Cubs, 73-61. Ricci Rivero, younger brother of DLSU rookie Rashleigh Prince Rivero, led the Junior Blazers with 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 steals, while Jboy Gob rattled in 13 markers and 10 boards. On the other end, the Cubs were paced by Eric Marcelo and Jouel Luna, who scored 18 and 12 points respectively. The Junior Blazers focused their offense mostly in the paint as they had just 6 shot attempts from beyond the arc. LSGH handed UST its second loss of the tournament.

Jboy Gob goes up strong against the Tiger Cubs.
(image from Filoil Flying V)

Miguel Jison of UST challenges Mike Dela Cruz of LSGH.
(image from Filoil Flying V)

The first Seniors match of the day saw Lyceum clip St. Clare, 85-82. This one was close all throughout as the Pirates had a hard time creating separation between themselves and the hard-fighting Saints. LPU survived, however, mainly because of superior shooting and playmaking, which made up for their -12 deficiency in rebounding. Lyceum had 11 triples in this match, with Wilson Baltazar hitting 5 on his way to 17 points. Rhoel Maconocido, Dexter Zamora, and Guy Mbida combined to hit the remaining 6 as the Pirates moved up to 2-0. Jason Ibay led the Saints with 18 points, while Raymond Jamito registered a double-double with 11 markers and 13 boards.

LPU's Dexter Zamora jab-steps against the perimeter D of St. Clare.

Jason Ibay tries a lefty runner for the Saints.

Veteran wingman Shane Ko of Lyceum tries to slash down the middle.

The University of Perpetual Help System-Dalta also did well, prevailing over the University of San Carlos, 71-61. The Altas led right off the bat in this one and never looked back. They outscored the Warriors, 20-9, in the first canto and never let up, cruising to their second win in as many games. USC, meanwhile, fell to 1-2. Juneric Baloria led Perpetual help with 22 points, while Earl Thompson and Justine Allano each tallied 14 markers. Harold Arboleda ruled the glass for the Altas with 16 rebounds. On the other end, Olago Shooster, Miguel Plata, and Ian Ortega each scored at least 13 points to pace the Warriors.

Earl Thompson uses the ball screen to get free.

Justine Allano of Perpetual Help finds an opening in the USC defense.

Miguel Plata pivots in the Warriors' game against the Altas.

In the next match, JRU dominated the UV Lancers, 73-63, behind the 22 points of Cris Dela Paz. The Heavy Bombers got in transition more often here, outscoring the Lancers, 14-2, in fastbreak points. They were also more efficient from the floor, hitting 41% of their FGs compared to just 35% for UV. Jaycee Asuncion and Phillip Mabulac each dropped 12 markers to backstop Dela Paz, while UV was led by the combined 32 points of Chris Perolino, John Abad, and Raffy Octobre. JRU moves up to 2-0 while UV sinks to 0-3.

Chris Perolino of UV pushes the tempo.

Cris Dela Paz of JRU led the scoring for the Heavy Bombers.

Razak Abdul-Wahab of JRU gets ready to contest for  the rebound.

In the day’s last Seniors encounter, the FEU Tamaraws defeated the Letran Knights, 85-75. The Tamaraws didn’t have the easiest of times here as the Knights kept on storming back. FEU, however, proved to be steadier down the stretch to preserve the 10-point win, which is their third in as many outings. Letran, for its part, fell to 0-2. Without Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia, it’s now clear that FEU belongs to fourth-year guard Mike Tolomia, who scored 17 points here while also handing out 9 assists. He was ably supported by Carl Cruz, Raymar Jose, and Russel Escoto, who tallied 16, 12, and 10 points respectively. Cruz also collared 9 boards as the Tams outworked the Knights on the glass, 46-38. On the other end, Mark Cruz connected thrice from long range on his way to 20 points. He was the lone bright spot as Letran shot just 33% from the field.

Anthony Hargrove rises for the flush.

Coach Nash Racela gives some pointers to the new leader of his team -- Mike Tolomia.

Rey Nambatac goes up against FEU's comebacking center Russel Escoto.

Box Scores:

LSGH 73 – Rivero 17, Gob 13, Dela Cruz 11, San Juan 9, Anderson 8, Madrigal 4, Alcala 4, Herrera 3, Velasco 2, Lanot 1, Bunyi 1, Salonga 0, Manuel 0
UST 61 – Marcelo 18, Luna J 12, Jison 9, Luna N 5, Ferrer 4, Santos 3, Lapena 3, Pascual 3, Montes 2, Balingit 1, Lorenzana 1, Navarro 0, Guevarra 0
QS: 15-14, 26-29, 48-48, 73-61

LPU 85 – Baltazar 17, Maconocido 15, Zamora 14, Mbida 11, Ko 11, Bulawan 5, Azores 4, Gabayani 4, Soliman 2, Evangelista 2, Taladua 0, Malabanan 0, Lesmoras 0
SCC 82 – Ibay 18, Jamito 11, Dulalia 11, Acebron 11, Managuelod 9, Fabien 7, Lunor 7, Gil 6, Ibarra 2, Bolos 0
QS: 24-21, 44-37, 66-59, 85-82

UPHSD 71 – Baloria 22, Thompson 14, Allano 14, Arboleda 6, Dagangon 6, Dizon 2, Oliveria 1, Rodriguez 0, Ylagan 0, Lucente 0, Gallardo 0
USC 61 – Shooster 16, Plata 14, Ortega 13, Toyambi 6, Laude 6, Rabat 4, Bensig 2, Magat 0, Lim 0, Ybañez 0, Trozo 0, Oleodo 0
QS: 20-9, 37-26, 55-39, 71-61

JRU 73 – Dela Paz 22, Asuncion 12, Mabulac 12, Paniamogan 10, Teodoro 8, Abdul-Wahab 5, Lasquety 2, Benemerito 2, Salaveria 0, Balagtas 0, Marticio 0
UV 63 – Perolino 12, Abad 10, Octobre 10, Mpoum 6, Akomo 5, Aguirre 5, Arong 4, Segumpan 3, Codilla 3, Cabanero 3, Amoquiz 2, Suerte 0, Velasco 0, Marquez 0
QS: 20-12, 39-26, 54-40, 73-63

FEU 85 – Tolomia 17, Cruz 16, Jose 12, Escoto 10, Belo 8, Iñigo 6, Pogoy 6, Hargrove 3, Tamsi 3, Ugsang 2, Delfinado 2, David 0, Lee Yu 0, Padilla 0, Dennison 0, Belga 0
CSJL 75 – Cruz 20, Racal 10, Nambatac 10, Ruaya 9, Singontiko 7, Publico 6, Saldua 6, Gabawan 5, Apreku 2, Quinto 0, Luib 0, Castro 0, Aquino 0, Dela Peña 0
QS: 18-15, 35-31, 57-57, 85-75

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