Prolific point guard Terrence Romeo bailed out Far Eastern University (FEU) from the jaws of defeat to hack out a close 74-71 win over Adamson University as the Tamaraws swept the first round of University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 76 men’s basketball on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

After trading basket after basket all-throughout the 40-minute match, Romeo came out in crunch time by hitting 10 of his season-high 26 points in the pivotal fourth quarter en route to the Tamaraw’s unbeaten mark in seven games.

“We didn’t give up and it was good to sweep the first round. Adamson played tough. We must sustain our performance in the second round,” said Romeo, who shot 8-of-16 in the field, 2-of-7 beyond the three-point zone and 4-of-5 in the foul line.

Forward Roger Pogoy, Ryan Roose Garcia and Mark Belo added nine points apiece, while Mike Tolomia had eight points and four assists for the Tamaraws, who trailed by one point at the end of first half.

“We are now looking forward in the second round. Although we swept the first round, it’s not in our minds anymore. We just need to be tough in the second round and that’s the mindset we have right now,” said FEU mentor Nash Racela.

Jericho Cruz scored 21 points for the Falcons, who dropped to a 3-4 win-loss slate.

In the second game, National University nipped De La Salle University, 63-56, for its fourth win in seven games.


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