Far Eastern University (FEU) goes for a sweep when it battles University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Game 2 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 78 men’s basketball best-of-three championship series today at the Araneta Coliseum.
The Tamaraws-Growling Tigers tip off is set at 3:30 p.m. with FEU holding a 1-0 series lead following its 75-64 win in Game 1.
The Tamaraws are aiming to claim their 20th title to strengthen their status as the winningest team in the league. They last won in 2005.
“Mabigat na yung understandings ng mga players. They don’t really care who gets the credit in this team. Every member of this team has been contributing,” said FEU head coach Nash Racela
Veterans Mike Tolomia, Mac Belo and Roger Pogoy are expected to deliver anew for the Tamaraws.
“Mas dagdagdan namin ang effort namin sa Game 2. Yung focus dapat hindi mawala dahil natuto na rin kami sa nangyari last year so kailangan talaga naming mas i-push pa namin ngayon ang mga sarili namin,” narrated Belo referring to their 1-2 series loss to National University last season.
In that year, FEU was 1-0 ahead after winning in Game 1 (75-70) but faltered in Game 2 (47-62) and Game 3 (59-75) to settle for the runner-up honors.
“Mas gutom kami ngayon kaya all out kami. Sinabi ko sa kanila na huwag muna mag-celebrate kaagad. Wala pang dapat i-celebrate,” added Tolomia.
UST will be going all-out to force a deciding Game 3 as Cameroonian Karim Abdul, Kevin Ferrer, Ed Da¬quioag and Louie Vigil aim to finish their collegiate careers on a high note.
“Basta kami gagawin lang namin ang lahat,” declared Ferrer.
Abdul and Ferrer combined for 34 points in Game 1 while Daquioag was almost a non-factor, scoring a measley four-point output—far from his 16.4 average score in the elimination round.
UST head coach Bong Dela Cruz, however, remained positive saying “he just needs to learn from that game. Ed will bounce back, we know him. I have confidence in him last year, I still have confidence in him now.”
3:30 p.m. UST vs FEU