Tamaraws charge ahead after surviving huge scare from Falcons
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 27, 2015 07:36 PM
PULLING THROUGH. RR Pogoy and the FEU veterans came through in the endgame to extend their win run to four.
The league-leaders in the UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Tournament were under siege by a determined Adamson University and it clearly showed as down by three late, Far Eastern University bobbled the ball in transition.
However, RR Pogoy didn’t give up on the play and threw the ball back onto the playing court right before it fell onto the baseline. Russell Escoto was at the right place at the right time and immediately hit a layup that energized the Tamaraw’s game-ending 14-4 surge.
Pogoy’s hustle play proved to be the turning point on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum that allowed FEU to escape the Soaring Falcons, 64-60, all the way to solo first at 5-1.
Young Adamson pounced on the unsuspecting Tamaraws on the back of Papi Sarr who was unstoppable down low. The Cameroonian’s three-point play gave the Falcons their biggest lead of the game, 56-50, inside the last six minutes.
It was at that point that Pogoy and Escoto’s fateful connection was sandwiched in between a Francis Tamsi trey and an Escoto jumper that took a 57-56 edge for FEU with 3:19 remaining. A beautiful layup by Joseph Nalos then gave Adamson the advantage once again, 58-57, with 49.9 ticks on the clock.
Coming off a timeout, Pogoy dribbled the ball at the top of the key and dished to a wide open Mike Tolomia who dropped a long-range bomb. The Cebu native then followed it up with a defensive stop on Nalos before sinking two free throws for a 62-58 Tamaraw lead with 22.4 seconds left.
The Falcons were unable to come any closer as time expired on their upset attempt. “We’re still consistently inconsistent,” coach Nash Racela rued even after their fourth consecutive victory.
Escoto’s 11 markers led FEU’s balanced attack that just had enough to overcome a monster 26-point, 22-rebound double-double from Sarr. The loss kept Adamson winless through six games.
FEU 64 - Ru. Escoto 11, Belo 10, Tolomia 10, Pogoy 9, Iñigo 8, Jose 5, Arong 4, Tamsi 3, Ri. Escoto 2, Orizu 2, Dennison 0, Eboña 0, K. Holmqvist 0, S. Holmqvist 0, Trinidad 0.
ADAMSON 60 - Sarr 26, Nalos 9, Tungcab 7, Escalambre 6, Bernardo 2, Garcia 2, Margallo 2, Ng 2, Ochea 2, Polican 2, Camacho 0, Villanueva 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 13-11, 27-20, 48-45, 64-60.
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