FEU rises from the dead to end DLSU’s season
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 18, 2015 07:44 PM
WHAT HAPPENED? DLSU lost what was once a 15-point lead no thanks to RR Pogoy and Monbert Arong.
With nothing to gain in their last assignment in the 78th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament, Nash Racela opted to keep top guns Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia in the holster.
Proving just how fully-stocked their arsenal is, however, Racela’s reserves still capably did what Far Eastern University does and provided overwhelming firepower in the Tamaraws’ come from behind 71-68 victory versus the De La Salle University Green Archers on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Dominated by their opponents for most of the game and still behind, 45-57, inside the last eight minutes, RR Pogoy exploded for 11 points in a 20-4 blast that suddenly pushed the Tamaraws in front, 65-61. DLSU regrouped behind Prince Rivero and Jeron Teng to close to 66-67 with 1:22 remaining only to see Monbert Arong then take over to score everything in FEU’s 4-2 finishing kick.
Already locked into the second-seed and with a matchup with third-seed Ateneo de Manila University looming, Racela said their gameplan really did revolve around the Final Four. “My intention was to minimize the minutes of Mac, Mike, and Roger (Pogoy) in the event na we’re playing again because Ateneo will be well-rested,” he said.
Pogoy and Arong scored 17 of their combined 24 points in last five minutes to give in spectacular fashion the Tamaraws' 11th win in 14 games. Talking about the unusual faces who edged out the likes of Teng and Rivero, Racela said, “We also wanted to prepare the reserves to expose them.”
Names such as Ken and Steve Holmqvist and Jojo Trinidad proved to be the difference for Racela’s wards as the FEU bench outworked their counterparts in all facets of the game.
While FEU will once again take the floor on Saturday, 3:30 PM still at the Araneta Coliseum, DLSU will be watching the Final Four at home for the first time since 2011. Teng and Rivero scored 20 and 16 points, respectively, as the Archers ended their disappointing season with a 6-8 card.
FEU 71 – Arong 13, Pogoy 11, Belo 10, Iñigo 9, Ri. Escoto 8, Orizu 5, Ru. Escoto 4, Trinidad 3, Tamsi 2, K. Holmqvist 2, Tolomia 2, S. Holmqvist 2, Comboy 0, Eboña 0.
DLSU 68 – Teng 20, Rivero 16, Torralba 8, Torres 7, Perkins 6, Muyang 5, Caracut 3, Langston 3, Gob 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 22-19, 29-38, 45-54, 71-68.
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