Far Eastern University (FEU) halted the fourth-quarter rally of National University (NU), 87-83, to remain unblemished in five games in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 76 men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
FEU stayed on top with an impressive 5-0 card while NU dropped to third with 3-2, leaving idle University of Santo Tomas (UST) in solo second with 3-1 slate.
Prolific point guard Terrence Romeo once again topscored for the Tamaraws with a 24-point showing along with three rebounds and five assists. He had a 6-of-10 shooting clip in the three-point range.
“We’re just being very consistent but we need to learn from this win. We had a good start but we’re lucky to have a good end too. We can’t be satisfied,” said FEU mentor Nash Racela.
Two-time Most Valuable Player Bobby Ray Parks Jr. led the Bulldogs with 26 markers and eight boards.
Earlier, University of the East (UE) outplayed defending champion Ateneo de Manila University, 72-68, for its second win in five games.
Sierra Leone native Charles Mammie bounced back with a monster game, scoring 20 points and grabbing 23 huge rebounds for the Red Warriors. Mammie didn’t play on Saturday against University of Santo Tomas because of a one-game suspension slapped by the UAAP management committee.
Point guard Roi Sumang chipped in 14 points, four rebounds and three assists while Dan Alberto had a career-high 14 points as the Red Warriors improved to 2-3.
Ateneo posted a fourth loss against one win (1-4). Juami Tingson led the Blue Eagles with 17 points and three rebounds while Von Pessumal and Kiefer Ravena added 12 and 11, respectively.
“It’s a crucial win for us. Fortunately, we woke up at the right time,” said UE head coach Boycie Zamar.
In juniors, the NU Bullpups and La Salle-Zobel Junior Archers walloped separate foes to keep their unbeaten slates.
NU blasted UE, 76-55, and La Salle-Zobel tamed UST, 84-72. NU and La Salle-Zobel are sharing the lead with identical 4-0 marks followed by UST (2-2), University of the Philippines Integrated School (1-2), Ateneo (1-2), FEU 1-2), UE (1-3) and Adamson University (0-3).