Far Eastern University (FEU) clipped Adamson University, 71-62, to gain a piece of the No. 2 spot on Wednesday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.
FEU notched its fifth win in seven games to join defending champion De La Salle University and National University in the second position behind pacesetting Ateneo de Manila University (6-1). Adamson remains winless in seven outings.
Mike Tolomia delivered 21 points, five rebounds and four assists while Mark Belo finished with 13 points and four rebounds for the Tamaraws.
In the first game, season host University of the East (UE) ripped last year’s runner-up University of Santo Tomas (UST), 72-62, to earn its third win.
Emil Renz Palma had 14 points while Charles Mammie scored a double-double 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Red Warriors closed out its first-round campaign with a 3-4 mark.
Pedrito Galanza and Shej Roi Sumang added a combined 17 points.
“It wasn’t really a good win, we relaxed a little bit but for now, a win is a win. We really wanted to finish the first round on a winning note,” said UE head coach Derrick Pumaren.
Aljon Mariano led the Growling Tigers with 21 points, 10 rebounds and three steals while Kevin Ferrer chipped in 12 points and six boards. Cameroonian center Karim Abdul didn’t play due to viral infection.
UST also ended the first round with a 3-4 card.
The Red Warriors nailed a 29-point lead, 60-31, when the Growling Tigers uncorked a 14-0 run to trim the gap to 45-60 with six minutes left in the fourth quarter.
But UE bounced back with its won 8-0 run and never looked back since then.