Terrence Romeo helped Far Eastern University (FEU) hack out a 74-71 win over Adamson University as the Tamaraws swept the first round of UAAP men’s basketball on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
The 6-foot shooting guard hit 10 of his season-high 26 points in the fourth quarter to keep FEU unbeaten in seven games.
“We didn’t give up and It was good to sweep the first round. Adamson played tough. We must sustain our performance in the second round,” said Romeo, who shot 8-of-16 in the field, 2-of-7 beyond the three-point zone and 4-of-5 in the foul line.
FEU forward Roger Pogoy, veteran guard Ryan Roose Garcia and Mark Bello added nine points each, while Mike Tolomia had eight points and four assists for the Tamaraws, who trailed by one point at the end of first half.
“We are now looking forward in the second round. Although we swept the first round, it’s not in our minds anymore. We just need to be tough in the second round and that’s the mindset we have right now,” said Tamaraws coach Nash Racela.
Power forward John Rodney Brondial, who finished with 13 points and 15 boards, scored a last–second basket to give the Falcons 37-36 halftime lead. Jericho Cruz scored 13 of his 21 points in first half for the Falcons, who struggled once again in the endgame.
Adamson, who has a 3-4 win-loss slate, had the edge entering the payoff period, 56-54. But the Falcons failed to cash in on FEU’s going early into penalty.
Adamson missed 22 free throw attempts, canning only eight.
Romeo hit a triple in the last 2:27 to give FEU a 69-63 advantage in the fourth quarter. Adamson narrowed the gap to 66-69, but Romeo scored the last five-points capped by a jumper and a triple to hold off Adamson’s last-minute rally.
In the first game, Bobby Ray Parks sank 20 points pulled down 14 rebounds and dished out six assists as National University routed De La Salle University, 63-56.
Emmanuel Mbe had 12 points as the Bulldogs improved to 4-3.
The Green Archers dropped to 3-4.
JOSEF T. RAMOS