UAAP: Tamaraws secure Final Four spot

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Terrence Romeo scored a career-high 32 points as Far Eastern University blasted Adamson University, 92-80, to stop a two-game losing skid in UAAP men’s basketball Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

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The win gave was the Tamaraws’ ninth in 14 games and assured them of a slot in the Final Four.

“Adamson really fought hard but we have to fight and avoid a third loss. My teammates played their best in this game too,” said Romeo, who was 13-of-24 in field goal shooting.

FEU’s big man Mark Belo also posted a career-high 18 points and nine rebounds and Ryan Roose Garcia contributed 14 points.

“I’m happy with the way they play. We just have to be consistent in our remaining games,” said FEU coach Nash Racela.

National University is also assured of a place in the Final Four, while De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, Ateneo de Manila University and University of the East are fighting for the last two slots.

In the first game, UST used a 23-6 fourth quarter run to rout winless University of the  Philippines, 63-39, to secure the solo fourth place with 7-5 card.

Small forward Aljon Mariano poured in 18 points and Kevin Ferrer added 12. Karim Abdul struggled on offense with only seven points but the Cameroonian hauled down 21 rebounds.

Skipper Jeric Teng, who was out in most games with hamstring injury, returned to the Growling Tigers line-up and scored nine points.

Joseph Marata led the Fighting Maroons with 12 points.

JOSEF T. RAMOS

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