DEFENDING champion Far Eastern University and Ateneo blasted their respective rivals even as University of Santo Tomas finally barged into the win column of the 6th FCBL-Freego Cup at the Philippine Buddhacare gym in Quezon City.
With Carl Lumba and JJ Domingo at the helm, the Baby Tamaraws crushed the hapless University of Perpetual Help Altalettes, 72-37, thanks to a dominating third quarter run to notch their third straight win in as many outings.
Lumba and Domingo proved too hot to handle as they scored all but one of the team’s 22 points in the game-changing quarter.
Lumba scattered 11 points, including a beautiful three-point play, during the stretch, while Domingo highlighted his own rampage with two booming triples.
Not to be left out, Ateneo drew another inspired game from Mike Nieto and Thirdy Ravena to dump Jose Rizal University, 88-71, and stay unbeaten in the event presented by Freego and backed by , Fresh Gear, Colt Commercial, Powerbest Mrkg. Inc., Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Hapee Toothpaste and Insular Square of Cebu.
UST, meanwhile, rebounded from an 80-62 defeat to FEU by outlasting University of the East in the day’s most thrilling game, 81-73, thanks to the 18-point performance of Francis Luna II.
National University, meantime, improved to a 2-1 record overall after downing injury-riddled Chiang Kai Shek College, 75-65, through the brilliant all-around performance of Anthony Dyke.
The energetic Dyke finished with 24 markers, including 16 in the first half.