Tams, Warriors triumph

FEU holds off NU to keep slate clean; UE trips Ateneo

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BOBBY Parks of National U tries to split the defense of FEU’s Terrence Romeo (left) and Ron Dennison. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

FAR EASTERN University stayed unbeaten in five games even as University of the East joined the list of Ateneo conquerors in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tamaraws erupted for 45 points from three-point range, took a 20-point lead at the end of the third quarter before arresting a late meltdown to edge National University, 87-83.

Terrence Romeo accounted for six of the Tamaraws’ 15 triples to finish with 24 points. He also starred in the endgame with four crucial points inside the last 26 seconds after the Bulldogs threatened with a 21-6 rally in the last four minutes.

Earlier, Charles Mammie returned big from a one-game suspension as the Warriors hacked out a 72-68 decision over the defending champion Eagles, who took their fourth loss in five games.

Mammie dropped a game-high 20 points, the last two on free throws with 17.2 seconds left. He also grabbed 23 rebounds to lead the Warriors, who survived an Ateneo rally from 15 points down, 31-46, in the second half and improved to 2-3.

“We started really, really nice but didn’t finish very well,” said FEU coach Nash Racela. “Good thing Terrence [made the key baskets] to secure the victory.”

Romeo nailed a tough layup that gave the Tamaraws an 84-78 cushion and also canned two clutch free throws with just 5.5 seconds left after a Robin Roño trey pushed the Bulldogs within a basket, 85-83.

The loss dropped the Bulldogs to third at 3-2.

“It’s all about mental toughness and that’s what we lacked,” said UE coach Boycie Zamar. “The Ateneo team had pride, our team had egos. When Ateneo caught up, it deflated their egos. They woke up at the right time.”

A JM Noble drive gave the lead back to the Warriors, 68-67, before a Roi Sumang basket padded the lead to three, 70-67, with just 47.1 ticks left.

The loss came just three days after the five-time champions ended an alarming 0-3 start with a 71-59 rout of Adamson.

FEU’s output of 15 triples was the most number of treys made in a single game since the 16 recorded by Adamson in 2006 and University of Santo Tomas in 2010.

“Their defense focused on the three guys (Romeo, RR Garcia and Mike Tolomia), so it opened up lots of opportunities for the other guys,” said Racela.

The scores:

First Game

UE 72–Mammie 20, Sumang 14, Alberto 14, Casajeros 8, Noble 7, Olivares 5, Santos 2, Javier 2, Olayon 0, Sumido 0, Jumao-as 0, Guion 0.

ATENEO 68–Tiongson 17, Pessumal 12, Ravena 11, Newsome 10, Elorde 5, Golla 4, Buenafe 4, Erram 3, Asuncion 2, Tolentino 0, Lim 0, Enriquez 0, Capacio 0.

Quarters: 18-12, 37-31, 54-54, 72-68

Second Game

FEU 87–Romeo 24, Cruz 13, Mendoza 10, Garcia 9, Tolomia 7, Belo 6, Pogoy 5, Sentcheu 4, Iñigo 3, Jose 2, Hargrove 2, Dennison 2.

NU 83–Mbe 27, Parks 26, Roño 9, Khobuntin 8, Javillonar 7, Villamor 2, Rosario 2, Alolino 2, Porter 0, De Guzman 0, Alejandro 0.

Quarters: 28-16, 45-36, 68-48, 87-83

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  • archerfan

    would have been interesting if Black stayed this year to coach this batch of players. for sure his real worth as a coach will be exposed. But all was planned, that he steps away once the team is weak and have little chance even with sure wins from friendly schools. he only own because a) FEU was always a willing looser to them b) he won because the other teams were rebuilding and young c) he was able to use an over age giant and players who were academically ineligible. Well there’s a big chance that he will make a big comeback next year, WHEN THEIR 3 AFRICAN IMPORTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO PLAY.

    • styx

      affected ka na affected ah…..

    • Just_JT

      You’re just masquerading to be a Lasalite (I don’t want to use Lasallian). You do not even know that 3 imports are not allowed to play for any school in the UAAP.

  • nes911

    Why no news about ateneo’s 4th defeat? Nakakahiya bang isulat? This is unfair to the UE’s warriors.

    • archerfan

      alam mo naman inquirer, pag talo ateneo isang column lang, maikli pa. pero pag nanalo, mahina 2 columns at matindi praise release lagi.

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