UP, San Beda, FEU, SSC-R notch wins in FilOil Preseason Cup

UP Fighting Maroons slam UST Growling Tigers (1:08)

UP Fighting Maroons cruised past the UST Growling Tigers 89-72 to improve to 5-2 win-loss slate in the Filoil Flying V Cup. (1:08)

The San Beda Red Lions continue to pace the 2019 FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup, winning their fifth straight game on Friday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

The FEU Tamaraws meanwhile earned their fourth consecutive victory after dropping their first two contests.

Here are the complete results on Friday's quadruple-header:

FEU def. CSB, 70-57

The FEU Tamaraws extended their winning streak to four games by defeating the CSB Blazers, 70-57. Hubert Cani led the way with 12 points, four rebounds, and four assists while Wendell Comboy added 11 points and eight boards.

"We're really harping on ball movement, player movement, and looking for each other," said FEU coach Olsen Racela. "We don't do 1-on-1's. That's the philosophy we want to instill this year."

Justin Gutang put up 22 points for the Blazers who are now 1-4 in the preseason.


San Beda Red Lions stay perfect

The defending champion San Beda Red Lions topped the DLSU Green Archers 83-78 to remain unbeaten in the Filoil Flying V Cup.

UP def. UST, 89-72

Bright Akhuetie powered his way to a double-double performance of 17 points and 16 rebounds as the UP Fighting Maroons defeated the UST Growling Tigers, 89-72.

Kobe Paras added 15 points, including three triples, while Juan Gomez De Liano chipped in 10 points, six rebounds, and four assists.

"We talked before the game about this being a good game for us because this gives us an opportunity to bounce back," assistant coach Ricky Dandan said as the Fighting Maroons lost to the NU Bulldogs last week in the Smart City Hoops tournament. "We set our sights on that, bouncing back. Bounce back they did."

The win was indeed a welcome sight for UP as the team heads abroad for training. Though they'll qualify for the quarterfinals, Friday's game is their last for the preseason tourney.

"We have a long way to go. We may have added Kobe, Ricci (Rivero), Noah (Webb), but gaining cohesion and chemistry is not an overnight thing," said Dandan.

Rhenze Abando tallied 24 points and eight rebounds while Soulemane Chabi Yo finished with 23 and 10 in a losing effort for the Growling Tigers.

UP finishes its FilOil campaign with a 5-2 record. UST meanwhile drops to 1-4.

SBU def. DLSU, 83-78

The San Beda Red Lions remain undefeated in the summer tournament, winning their fifth straight game via an 83-78 decision over the De La Salle Green Archers. Sophomores James Canlas and Evan Nelle conspired in the endgame to keep San Beda's record unblemished.

Canlas scored 15 of his 20 points in the fourth while Nelle drilled a gutsy 3-pointer with a minute remaining to provide cushion for the Red Lions. Nelle finished with 12 points and five rebounds.

"We're happy with the way we played. We really made it a point to try to manage their guards. La Salle is a very guard-oriented team," said San Beda mentor Boyet Fernandez.

One of the guards that was a thorn on the side of the Red Lions was Andrei Caracut with his tally of 14 points, four rebounds, and seven assists. Still, it wasn't enough for the Green Archers who suffered their second loss in six games.

"The training we had in the States is really about improving their skills. That's why we were also making our shots tonight. I hope they will mature early and help lead this team."

SSC-R def. CEU, 90-88

In the final game, the San Sebastian Stags defeated the CEU Scorpions, 90-88 in double overtime.

Superscorer RK Ilagan led a herculean performance for the Stags with 24 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.

Maodo Malick Diouf had a monster game of 34 points and 23 rebounds but it was not enough to carry the short-handed Scorpions.