Tamaraws claw back from 13 down to stun Green Archers

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MANILA, Philippines — Far Eastern University clawed back from 13 points down to stun La Salle, 83-79, in overtime Saturday in the UAAP season 76 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tamaraws went on a furious 15-2 run in the last two minutes — turning a 60-73 deficit to a tied game at 75 at the end of regulation — before taking advantage of the Green Archers’ dry spell in OT.

Terrence Romeo hit the 25-point mark, also canning two triples to spark the pivotal comeback, while RR Garcia had 19 points — 12 in the fourth and OT, along with five rebounds and three assists.

“When were down 13 with 2 and half minutes left, and I just challenged my boys. And they stepped up and adjusted,” said head coach Nash Racela.

Mac Belo had half of his 10 points in the last minute and half, scoring the OT-forging bucket with 14.3 seconds left, while also pulling down 13 rebounds.

Mike Tolomia and Roger Pogoy had nine points each for FEU, which kept its pristine record at 4-0 and the only undefeated team thus far this season.

“We’re not trying to think about that now. We just look forward to the next game,” also said Racela, who has transformed the Tamaraws into contenders in only his first year with the team.

The Green Archers dropped to 2-2, after abruptly losing stream down the stretch despite leading by as many as 13.

“La Salle had a very good game plan. They knew what we were going to do. It took us a while before we were able to adjust,” Racela said.

Jeron Teng had a season high 25-points for the Green Archers, but only had two points in the last 15 minutes of the game, shooting miserably from the stripe (3/11). He also had 15 boards.

To sum up his free throw shooting woes, the Green Archers were down three with 22.4 seconds left in OT when Teng had four straight charity attempts but only converted one.

Arnold Van Opstal shared 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Jason Perkins had 10 and 13.

Originally posted at 7:16 p.m.

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  • archmarcial

    ‘big incentives’???o c’mon stop w/ all those conspiracy theories! you have to give it to the kids who play for excellence and not for the blue chip. lasalle and ateneo only plays hard when they play each other. they look at any other teams as just–so, so. uaap is more than your school’s rivalry, its been long established and doing well before you muddled it up w/ all your money and influence! gone are the jaworskis, caidics, codineras, abarrientos’ etc. etc.

  • archerfan

    great game by feu. they showed a lot of composure and determination. their experience and being together longer helped them a lot. and im sure they were given a big incentive and push by montinola to beat dlsu and avenge ateneo’s loss. i was watching montinola all game long and he was so involved as always when his team plays dlsu. he was standing up majority of the time. he does not do this with any other opponent.
    as for dlsu, as long as teng has this selfish mentality with vosotros, they aint winning. sauler did a very poor job during that last 2 mins. he should have established order. he has a dense and uninspiring personality. he should just stay as an assistant na taga bulong. what dlsu needs is a coach that is animated and will inspire the young kids. caidic at times wants to be one but i guess nahihiya kasi yung coach nga nakaupo lang. it may still be early but with how the team is coached, it does not look good for dlsu.

  • Si Lito Ako

    Anyare?

  • jctmpt

    All the UAAP games (outside of UP) are won or lost in the last 2 minutes.
    All the games are won and lost on the charity stripe.
    As long as Jeron Teng is shooting 20% from the free throw line — there is no way DLSU will win any championship in his 5 years with the team.
    Juno Sauler should bench Jeron Teng in the last 2 minutes.
    With his abysmal free throw percentage and shoot-first mentality, Jeron Teng is a huge liability for DLSU.

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