Tamaraws try to keep UAAP lead vs FalconsBy Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Far Eastern University hopes it won’t rely on luck this time.
After two close shaves, the unbeaten Tamaraws try to pull off a more convincing win against Adamson to keep the solo lead in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament today.
“Close fight lagi, pero hindi pwede laging tsamba (We’ve been in close fights, but we can’t just rely on luck),” said FEU coach Bert Flores.
The Tamaraws vie for a third straight victory against the Falcons in the 4 p.m. battle at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
National University aims to rebound from its first loss against University of the Philippines earlier at 2 p.m.
The Tamaraws, who won their first two games by just an average of 1.5 points, have been relying on the solid backcourt trio of Terrence Romeo, Cris Tolomia and former MVP RR Garcia.
“They’re sharing the ball more unlike last year,” Flores said of Garcia and Romeo. “They have a better relationship.”
In FEU’s opening game against University of Santo Tomas, Romeo fueled the Tamaraws’ rally before Garcia capped it with a game-winning layup for a 73-72 decision.
Tolomia also starred in their next outing by nailing a game-clinching jumper that lifted the Tamaraws past La Salle, 48-46.
Although the FEU guards have carried the load, Flores said the Tamaraws need to prepare for the Falcons’ frontcourt led by Eric Camson and Alex Nuyles.
“We’re still weak at the post,” said Flores. “Against Adamson, we have to focus on their big men and wingmen. We have to stop Nuyles and Camson.”