Far Eastern University (FEU) repulsed Adamson University, 82-69, to stay on top on Wednesday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 78 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Russel Escoto posted 13 points and Raymar Jose added 12 as the Tamaraws scored their 10th win in 11 games. They are now a win away of clinching the one of the two twice-to-beat cards in the Final Four.
“It’s a good win but we’re not satisfied. We need to be aggressive at all times,” said Escoto, who also hauled down four rebounds and got one steal.
Mark Belo contributed 10 while Mike Tolomia and Roger Pogoy added nine apiece. Monbert Arong, Alejandrino Inigo and Prince Orizu chipped in seven each for the Tamaraws.
The Soaring Falcons got 16 from Jerome Garcia, 15 from Joseph Nalos, and 10 each from Frederick Tungcab and Kristian Bernardo.
Top scorer Pape Sarr was limited to a measly four-point production as Adamson fell to a 2-10 card.
“We really focused on [defending]Pape. We have 4-5 guys on him and we are happy that we executed [our game plan]against Sarr,” FEU head coach Nash Racela said.
The Tamaraws controlled the board with 54 rebounds against Adamson’s 45. They also made 19 of 27 from the free throw line, scored 15 from fast breaks and 10 second chance points.
FEU will be facing University of Santo Tomas on November 7 at the Araneta Coliseum before wrapping up the elimination round with a rematch against defending champion National University (NU) on November 14 at the MOA Arena.
“We’re playing big teams to close out the elimination round. We’ll be preparing against UST,” Racela added.
In the second game, NU downed De La Salle University, 81-73, to keep its Final Four bid alive.
The Bulldogs improved to 5-7 while the Green Archers fell to 5-6.
Jay-jay Alejandro led the Bulldogs with career-high 25 points including 17 in the fourth quarter.