Far Eastern University (FEU) demolished University of Santo Tomas (UST), 77-67, to stay unscathed in six games in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 76 men’s basketball on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
After ending halftime with a small lead, 39-37, the Tamaraws banked on shooting guard Terrence Romeo and former UAAP Most Valuable Player Ryan Roose Garcia to cruise to a 6-0 win-loss start.
Romeo finished with 19 points and three rebounds in 25 minutes of action, while Garcia added 17 points along with four rebounds and six assists for the Tamaraws. Mark Belo and Mike Tolomia added 14 and 12 points, respectively, for FEU.
UST suffered its second loss in five games for a 3-2 win-loss slate.
Earlier, six-peat seeking Ateneo de Manila University relied on balance scoring and displayed rock-solid defense to knockout winless University of the Philippines (UP), 72-64, and improved to two wins and four losses.
Kiefer Ravena piled up 15 points along with three assists and two rebounds, while rookie guard Chris Newsome and Ryan Buenafe contributed 13 points each for the Blue Eagles, who are now 16-1 versus UP since 2005.
After taking a slim 19-17 edge at the end of first quarter, the Blue Eagles got solid baskets from Buenafe, Juami Tiongson and Nico Elorde in the second quarter that stretched their lead to 38-30 at the halftime.
Tiongson and Buenafe merged for 19 points in first half. Ateneo also ended the first two periods with six triples against only two of UP.
Newsome gave the Blue Eagles a 51-36 cushion after draining a triple midway third quarter before they close out the third period ahead at 57-40. Ateneo also extended its advantage to 63-46 with only seven minutes left in the payoff frame.
Joseph Marata posted a career-high 22 points on 9-of-24 shooting in the field and hauled three rebounds while Chris Ball added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Fighting Maroons, who absorbed their fifth straight loss.