Balanced Tamaraws roll past Adamson, near Final Four incentive
Paul Lintag on Oct 28, 2015 05:31 PM
With a ninth straight win, the Tamaraws continue to dominate the UAAP and are so close to getting a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.
There were no shaky end-game moments today that required a Mike Tolomia bail out trey.
Instead the FEU Tamaraws continued their surge and blasted Adamson University, 82-69, in the second round of UAAP 78 at the MOA Arena, Wednesday. After their round one encounter required Tolomia's heroics down the stretch, this time the league-leading Tamaraws simply flaunted their superior lineup and rolled to a ninth straight win.
At 10-1, FEU is a win a way from securing a twice-to-beat in the Final Four.
"We have to be consistent. We have to win every game regardless of the standings," head coach Nash Racela said adding that he hopes his team, as strong as they are now, peaks at the right time.
The Tamaraws had eight players with at least seven points and were successful in limiting Adamson reinforcement Papi Sarr to a mere four-point, eight-rebound performance. Sarr dominated FEU in round one on his way to 26 points and 22 rebounds.
Russel Escoto led the balanced FEU offense with 13 markers while Raymar Jose and Mac Belo combined for 22. The Tamaraws led by as much as 17 and led 66-50 entering the fourth quarter.
Adamson closed in, 64-68, to start the payoff period but FEU simply relied on its veterans to coast through another win. A total team effort, the Tamaraws had 21 assists on 29 made field goals.
FEU (82) - Escoto, Ru 13, Jose 12, Belo 10, Tolomia 9, Pogoy 9, Arong 7, Inigo 7, Orizu 7, Escoto, Ri 4, Trinidad 2, Holmqvist, K 2.
ADU (69) - Garcia, J 16, Nalos 15, Tungcab 10, Bernardo 10, Polican 6, Sarr 4, Villanueva 3, Ochea 2, Capote 2, Garcia, C 1.
Quarter scores: 23-18, 43-33, 66-50, 82-69.
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