Far Eastern University (FEU) yesterday took down the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons, 85-71, in a show of display at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, bagging themselves a second win for the UAAP Season 77 Men’s basketball tournament.
The second period saw UP closing in on the match with a one point lead when in the double digits at 38-39, but were flattened by an offensive stampede by the Tamaraws who went on a 31-8 through the 3rd quarter to practically settle the match.
A Mike Tolomia three-pointer was the catalyst for the biggest lead for FEU which had them at 78-62 with 7:47 to go in the final period.
For FEU, it was Mike Tolomia who was the standout with 18 points; successful in 7 out of 8 field goal attempts. Mac Belo was also in top form with 12 points and nine rebounds.
On the other side of the court it was JR Gallarza with 18 points, Dave Moralde with 14 points and Kyles Lao with 10 markers who help to give their team a respectable score.
FEU Coach Nash Racela was noticeably more upbeat following his team’s loss the previous week against the University of Santo Tomas, which the Tamaraws lost 67-69.
“We treated this game as a very important one, especially coming off a loss. I think the previous loss gave us a lot of lessons, and those are the things we tried to work on the last couple of days.”
“I think today, as a team, we were still struggling,” Racela noted. “But when we were able to correct those mistakes, it was a beauty. Maganda kaming panoorin kapag tama ‘yung mga decision namin.”
FEU is set to take on UE next on Wednesday July 30th at MOA Arena. UP will be hoping to bounce back with a win against UST, playing on Saturday August 2nd at Araneta Coliseum.
FEU 85 – Tolomia 18, Belo 12, Pogoy 11, Cruz 11, Hargrove 7, Dennison 7, Tamsi 4, Jose 4, Inigo 3, Denila 3, Delfinado 2, Escoto Ru. 0, Escoto Ri. 0, David 0, Ugsang 0, Lee Yu 0.
UP 71 – Gallarza 18, Moralde 14, Lao 10, Juruena 8, Amar 8, Asilum 7, Gingerich 3, Vito 3, Reyes 2, Dario 0, Lim 0, Harris 0.
Quarter-scoring: 28-21, 45-38, 70-46, 85-71