Far Eastern University (FEU) shoots for its fourth straight victory to solidify its hold of the solo top spot in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 76 men’s basketball tournament.
FEU takes on De La Salle University at 4 p.m. today at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City while last year’s runner-up University of Santo Tomas (UST) battles University of the East (UE) at 2 p.m.
FEU is holding a clean 3-0 slate ahead of UST (2-1), La Salle (2-1), Adamson (2-1), National University (2-1), UE (1-2), defending champion Ateneo de Manila University (0-3) and University of the Philippines (0-3).
The Tamaraws will be banking on Terrence Romeo who averaged 21.3 points, 10 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Ryan Roose Garcia will serve as back up along with Mike Tolomia, Anthony Harsgrove and Roger Pogoy.
The Green Archers, on the other hand, are still in high spirits following their 82-73 win against Ateneo on Sunday with Almond Vosotros, Arnold Van Opstal and Jeron Teng leading the charge for La Salle.
In their last game, Vosotros nailed 19 points and hauled down nine rebounds while Van Opstal got 18 markers and eight boards. Teng added 13 points and 10 rebounds. These are the same players La Salle coach Juno Sauler will be relying on when the Green Archers the Romeo-led FEU side.
Meanwhile, UE head coach Boycie Zamar has appealed to the management committee to lift the suspension slapped on slotman Charles Mammie.
In a letter addressed to UAAP President Rev. Fr. Maximino Rendon C.M., Zamar pointed out two reasons: “I have not received any written first warning for Charles Mammie’s offense in the game against National University last July 6, 2013.
“Mr. Charles Mammie’s second infraction which will suspend him for our game tomorrow [July 13] versus UST was only relayed to me through the telephone conversation with [two reporters].”
The UAAP is expected to decide on UE’s appeal on Friday or early Saturday.
Mammie was suspended by UAAP commissioner Chito Loyzaga for one game citing he was “seen confronting, pushing and kicking Adamson player Roider Cabrera from behind with the intention to hurt,” during the UE-Adamson game last Wednesday.
Mammie also received warning on July 8, for “extending [your]knee to the groin of NU player Emmanuel Mbe.”