We found a Batiller stopper in Francis Tamsi -- FEU coach Racela

Mark Escarlote on Sep 23, 2015 05:42 PM
Francis Tamsi is FEU's Batiller stopper
Francis Tamsi of Far Eastern University shackled University of the East scorer Edison Batiller in the fourth quarter to help the Tamaraws complete a come-from-behind victory.

Francis Tamsi's statistics may not be as noticeable as that of his more popular teammates but the guard contributed big time on the defensive end, bringing in the intangibles for the Far Eastern University Tamaraws.

Tamsi flawlessly played his role by giving explosive University of the East guard Edison Batiller a hellish second half as the Tams gore the Red Warriors in a come-from-behind 92-81 win to bolt in solo top spot of the 78th UAAP men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

With Tamsi allover Batiller in the fourth quarter, the UE’s main gun was silenced to a 0-of-4 field goal shooting. He had a 6-of-13 clip the first three quarters with the Red Warriors comfortably ahead.

"We found a Batiller stopper in Francis Tamsi," said FEU coach Nash Racela. "What he did is very, very big. He was able to stop Batiller in the second half."

Tamsi coming in to defend Batiller was not planned as Racela admitted that he is not their first option to match with the speedy UE rookie.

"It wasn't really part of the game plan. Mas (Monbert) Arong kami as our defender," according to the mentor.

But Racela never doubted Tamsi's defense.

"Actually we weren't really surprised kasi si Tamsi is a really disciplined defender," he said. "And yun ginawa niya ang part niya and it really helped us a lot."

While Tamsi is busy shutting the door on Batiller, who in the fourth rarely got the ball in his hands and never had a decent look at the basket, FEU ran over the Red Warriors in the payoff period with an 18-0 blitz to erase a 71-59 deficit at the end of the third to another scorching windup for the Tams.

"Ang ganda ng depensa ni Tamsi sa akin e, tapos sumu-shoot talaga ang three-points nila (sa fourth)," said Batiller, who finished with 18 points on a 6-of-17 clip with five rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals.

"Mahirap talaga. Off din kami, hindi na kami maka-shoot sa fourth," Batiller added. "Ok lang yung first to third pero yung sa fourth off na talaga. Nahirapan na kami lalong lalo na ako."

Tamsi had three points and two boards.

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