For the second straight game, the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws used its veteran savvy to somehow come out with a victory over a very capable opponent in the men’s basketball tournament of the 75th season of the UAAP. FEU added the DLSU Green Archers to its list of early victims a week after stealing a win from the UST Growling Tigers.
It was a 40 minute defensive battle between two undefeated teams. FEU lead after the first 10 minutes by 4, only to end up with a 3 point deficit at the halftime break. The Tamaraws somehow recovered in the 3rd canto to lead by a single point going into the final 10 minutes of action. In the 4th period, La Salle took at 44-42 lead with less than 3 minutes left.
Carl Cruz hit a jumper to knot the score at 44-all. In the next possession, the Archers missed a 3-point attempt and Anthony Hargrove was fouled in the battle for the rebound. The FEU big man split his charities to give a slim 45-44 lead to FEU. DLSU took back the lead after Norberto Torres made 2 free throws after being fouled by Cruz. Season 73 MVP RR Garcia tied the ballgame at 46 after just hitting 1 of 2 free throws after a foul by Cebuano cager Mark Jayven Tallo. With 1:27 left, Almond Vosotros lost the ball to the sidelines to give FEU an opportunity to grab the lead. The Tamaraws did not disappoint its faithful fans as they capitalized on the turnover courtesy of a mid-range shot by Mike Tolomia over the outstretched hands of rookie Jeron Teng. With La Salle trailing 46-48, Teng missed with 35 seconds left in the game. FEU tried to milk the clock and with less than 15 seconds left, Terence Romeo shot an airball but the rebound went to ex-Green Archer Arvie Bringas who was fouled with only 0.9 seconds left in the Tamaraw‘s shot clock. Bringas, however, missed both of us free throws to give DLSU a final chance to tie or win the game with 12 seconds left. The ball ended up in the hands of rookie point guard Tallo who was hounded by 3 Tamaraw defenders and was only able to give the ball up to Vosotros with around 2 seconds left. The desperation attempt of Vosotros bounced off the rim to end the game 48-46 in favor of the FEU Tamaraws (2-0).
Only one player scored in double figures in the low scoring encounter. Terence Romeo scored 10 points to be voted as the best player of the game. La Salle scoring were led by 4 players who scored 8 points each. The game had 12 lead changes and the final one settled the winner of the game. Former UC Baby Webmaster Roger Pogoy had 6 points in the game. Former CIT/CEC high school star Tallo got substantial minutes in the game due to the absence of regular starter LA Revilla due to tendonitis, he scored the first 4 points of his UAAP career. Tallo was a controversial acquisition last year of La Salle after playing in the pre-season for rivals Ateneo. Cebu-native Jarelan Tampus had 2 points for the Archers.
During the post-game interview, Cebuano coach Bert Flores of FEU credited La Salle for their very suffocating defensive game plan. He said in Filipino that he had a hard time trying to adjust La Salle’s traps but he trusted his wards’ ability in isolation plays. In the final minute, he dialed Tolomia’s number to attack DLSU’s defense. Flores intimated that he felt that the rookie Jeron Teng was DLSU’s weakest link on defense. The gamble paid off as Tolomia hit the game-winner against Teng. With the win, FEU has grabbed the lead in the standings from the erstwhile leader DLSU(2-1).
FEU (48) – Romeo 10, Tolomia 7, Hargrove 7, Pogoy 6, Garcia 6, A. Bringas 5, Cruz 4, Belo 3, Mendoza 0, Escoto 0, M. Bringas 0.
La Salle (46) – Andrada 8, Vosotros 8, Medoza 8, N. Torres 8, Teng 6, Tallo 4, Van Opstal 2, Tampus 2, T. Torres 0, Webb 0, Manguera 0.
Quarterscores: 15-11, 23-26, 35-34, 48-46.
- UAAP Season 75: Tamaraws rally past Tigers to tie NU at the top (caloysports.wordpress.com)
- 2012 UAAP: Bert Flores-coached FEU steals a win from UST (cebuislandlive.com)
- 2012 UAAP Juniors Basketball: Pingoy leads FEU Baby Tamaraws to a win against Blue Eaglets (cebuislandlive.com)
- UAAP Season 75: DLSU now 2-0 after beating UE, 67-59 (caloysports.wordpress.com)
- Guards help FEU escape La Salle (interaksyon.com)