Far Eastern University (FEU) relied on guard Terrence Romeo’s double-double performance of 20 points and 12 rebounds to rout University of the Philippines (UP), 75-57, and regain the top spot in UAAP men’s basketball.
FEU raced to an early 23-12 at the end of first quarter before registering a 41-21 halftime lead.
UP couldn’t recover in the second half despite trimming the deficit to 50-62 midway in the third period.
Romeo hit a jumper and a trey to extend the lead to 67-50 in fourth period.
From thereon, the Tamaraws were never threatened.
“We need to control our emotions at this point,” said FEU mentor Nash Racela. “We were trying to guard against complacency.”
RR Garcia finished with 15 points and Mike Tolomia added 10 for the Tamaraws, who are now one game of duplicating their best 4-0 start last year.
Raul Soyud shot 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Fighting Maroons, who remained winless in three games. Chris Ball scored only nine points but got 19 rebounds and two blocks.