MIKE Tolomia had 26 points and 10 assists as Far Eastern University completed a sweep of its elimination round assignments with an 89-79 victory over reigning NCAA champion San Beda on Saturday in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at The Arena in San Juan.
Mark Belo had 14 points and Roger Pogoy added 10 for the Tamaraws, who won their sixth game of the tournament.
The Tamaraws take second seed in the quarterfinals with an inferior quotient behind Centro Escolar University, which also swept its elimination-round matches.
FEU coach Nash Racela was pleased to see the Tamaraws pull off the win over San Beda, which according to him has a similar style of play with UAAP titlist La Salle.
“San Beda plays similar to powerhouse La Salle,” Racela said. “They like going to the post and they have an advantage in Ola (Adeogun). It was a test for us.”
“Anthony (Hargrove) was struggling and was saddled with fouls but that is something that we could learn pagdating sa UAAP. We will be a lot better defending (Arnold) Van Postal. The bigs were ready to play,” Racela said.
FEU led early, taking a 24-13 first-quarter lead. The Tamaraws also scored more turnover points than the Red Lions, 24-2.
Adeogun had 21 points, 15 reounds, and two blocks, while Ryusei Koga added 15 including 13 in the fourth quarter that allowed the Red Lions to come close at 81-75.
Tolomia, however, hit back-to-back baskets followed by Roger Pogoy charities for an 87-75 FEU advantage.
FEU (89) – Tolomia 26, Belo 14, Pogoy 10, Jose 8, David 7, Inigo 6, Ru. Escoto 5, Cruz 4, Hargrove 4, Tamsi 3, Ri. Escoto 2, Dennison 0, Denila 0, Lee Yu 0, Ugsang 0, Delfinado 0.
San Beda (79) – Adoegun 21, Koga 15, Tongco 10, Dela Cruz 8, Mocon 6, D. Semerad 6, Ludovice 5, Amer 4, K. Pascual 4, Mendoza 0, Abatayo 0, Cabanag 0, Solera 0.
Quarterscores: 24-13; 48-35; 71-55; 89-79.