The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws trounced the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers, 68-59, in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 79 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Wednesday.
The Tamaraws clinched their sixth straight victory while handing UST its fifth straight loss this season.
With 4:33 minutes left in the match, Louie Vigil executed a floater to cut FEU’s lead to six, 49-43. Jeepy Faundo drove to the basket off Marvin Lee’s assist in the 2:47 minute mark.
Tamaraw Wendelino Comboy scored a basket inside the paint with 2:37 minutes left, 52-45. Richard Escoto completed his three-point play as he hit a layup with Lee giving the foul with 47.3 seconds left.
Lee then drew his fifth foul on Allen Trinidad who sank his two free throws, extending FEU’s advantage to 13, 58-45. Vigil banked a three-pointer with 26.9 second left, 58-48.
Faundo fouled Escoto with 23.2 seconds remaining in the match. Escoto then split his free throws, 59-48.
“I think that at this stage of the tournament, we should be concerned about how our improvements as a team,” said FEU head coach Nash Racela. “My concern is us believing that we are already a good team because we’ve been winning, especially this is our sixth straight so there might be complacency on our part. So we always remind the players and the team that games like this are for us to work on a lot of things that we have to improve.”
FEU’s Trinidad owned the lone bright spot with 16 points, while Raymar Jose tallied nine markers and 14 rebounds. Vigil led UST with 18 points, while Lee and Faundo combined for 22 points and 22 boards.
During their first meeting last October 1, the Tamaraws outclassed the Growling Tigers, 79-72.
The FEU Tamaraws are currently No.2 with a 7-2 win-loss card, while the UST Growling Tigers with a 2-7 slate are languishing at the bottom of the standings.
Notching their second straight victory, the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons upset the Adamson University (AdU) Soaring Falcons, 70-66.
“I really believe that what we have right now is enough for us to be able to compete every game against tougher opponents. Our goal is to get through one game and next game (De La Salle University) is our toughest,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol.
Jett Manuel and Andres Desiderio top scored UP with 16 points apiece, while Javier Gomez de Liano added another 13 markers.
Papi Sarr led Adamson with a double-double performance of 18 points and 11 rebounds, followed by Robbie Manalang with 10 markers.
The Fighting Maroons avenged their 85-104 loss against the Soaring Falcons during the season opener last September 4.
With the win, the UP Fighting Maroons currently hold a 3-6 card, while the Adamson Soaring Falcons have a 4-5 record.