32-point fourth quarter carries FEU over UE for solo first

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 23, 2015 04:40 PM
32-point fourth quarter carries FEU over UE for solo first
BOOM! FEU exploded for 32 points in the final frame to boost themselves to solo first.

Well, this can only be scary for the rest of the teams in the UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Clearly not playing their best basketball, Far Eastern University regrouped in the final frame and obliterated a double-digit deficit for a 92-81 comeback win against University of the East on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

After only scoring 59 points in the first three quarters, the Tamaraws erupted for 32 points in the final frame on the back of old reliables Mac Belo, RR Pogoy and Mike Tolomia.

Even though the late surge brought his team to the top of the standings at 4-1, coach Nash Racela was far from satisfied as he said, “These are signs of inconsistency when we go on a late run.”

FEU raced to an 8-0 start until the Warriors revved up their patented full-court press for a 36-13 blitz that took the lead for them, 36-21, early in the second. The Tamaraws still had no answer for the UE press and remained behind, 59-71, to begin the fourth.

The last 10 minutes was a whole different story as Belo, Pogoy, and Tolomia merged for 22 points to outscore all the Warriors who only mustered 10. Belo finished with 24 points while Tolomia and rookie Monbert Arong chipped in 15 and 14 points, respectively, to help the Morayta-based squad endure their 24 turnovers.

First-year guard Edson Batiller was on his way to outshining the FEU veterans with 18 markers to his name before the Warriora ran out of gas and suffered a second loss in a row coming from a 2-1 start.

BOX SCORES

FEU 92 – Belo 24, Tolomia 15, Arong 14, Jose 13, Pogoy 10, Inigo 8, Tamsi 3, Escoto Ru 2, Orizu 2, Escoto Ri 1, Dennison 0, Comboy 0, Trinidad 0, Ebona 0

UE 81 – Batiller 18, Javier 13, Derige 10, Varilla 9, Abanto 8, Charcos 7, De Leon 7, Palma 6, Manalang 3, Penuela 0, Yu 0

QUARTER SCORES: 21-29, 39-50, 59-71, 92-81

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