FEU tramples on UP late once again

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 14, 2015 07:18 PM
FEU tramples on UP late once again
TOTAL EFFORT. Another vicious run late in the game pushed FEU through UP.

Just like their first meeting in the 78th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament, league-leading Far Eastern University simply had so much more weapons than upstart University of the Philippines.

The Big Three of RR Pogoy, Mac Belo, and Mike Tolomia led the way, but also got major contributions from Francis Tamsi and Monbert Arong as the Tamaraws proved too much for the Fighting Maroons for a final score of 68-57 on Wednesday at The Big Dome.

UP managed to stay close for most of the game and were only behind by a solitary point at the 8:12 mark of the final frame until the Tamaraws unleashed a vicious 18-2 charge to go out in front, 63-46, inside the last four minutes.

All in all, FEU poured in 25 points in the last 10 minutes to replicate their late 24-6 surge during the teams’ first round meeting.

The Tamaraw reserves outscored their counterparts, 33-17, to help bring their squad to 8-1. With his boys now alone atop the leaderboard, coach Nash Racela said in his post-game conference, “We’re not yet thinking about the Final Four. We’re still looking for improvements.”

Only Diego Dario and Jett Manuel were the Maroons in double-figures as they suffered their sixth setback in nine outings.

BOX SCORES

FEU 68 – Pogoy 17, Belo 12, Tolomia 11, Tamsi 9, Arong 8, Escoto Ru 5, Jose 4, Orizu 2, Comboy 0, Dennison 0, Ebona 0, Escoto Ri 0, Holmqvist 0, Inigo 0, Trinidad 0

UP 57 – Dario 16, Manuel 11, Desiderio 8, Asilum 6, Kone 4, Amar 3, Juruena 3, Gallarza 2, Harris 2, Moralde 2, Jaboneta 0, Lim 0, Longa 0, Vito 0

QUARTER SCORES: 17-19, 33-28, 43-40, 68-57

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