UAAP titlist Far Eastern University capped off the year on a high note, getting a share of the 2015 National Collegiate Championship plum with an 82-77 victory over University of San Carlos on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.
Jojo Trinidad had 17 points while Ken Holmqvist had 17 as the Tamaraws ended the tournament as co-champions with San Beda, which beat NCAA titlist in the other semifinal earlier in the day.
Just like in the UAAP, FEU ended a decade-long drought in the PCCL to win its third crown in the league but their first since 2005.
Trinidad had 16 points in the second half to cement the Tamaraws’ title victory. Holmqvist scored all of his points in the first half and actually had a double-double with his 11 rebounds.
FEU won just 15 days following its title conquest in UAAP Season 78 when the Tamaraws won over University of Santo Tomas in three games.
“Not part of the plan,” said FEU coach Nash Racela when asked about his thoughts of winning the title after playing just one game. “Actually, it helped na may co-champions this year.”
The PCCL decided to award the title to the semifinal winners on Thursday after the matches were pushed back due to typhoon Nona.
Holmqvist, Trinidad, and Prince Orizu won places in the Mythical Five along with USC’s Shooster Olago and Ian Tagapan.
Tagapan had 20 points while Olago added 14 points, but the Warriors couldn’t complete their gallant stand even after making the game competitive all throughout.
FEU (82)—Trinidad 19, K. Holmqvist 17, S. Holmqvist 10, Bienes 9, Orizu 8, Comboy 7, Ebona 4, Nunag 4, Lee Yu 2, Roxas 2, Delos Santos 0, Arong 0, Bayquin 0.
USC (77)—Tagapan 20, Olago 14, Toyambi 13, McAloney 9, Pepito 7, Ortega 6, Laguyo 5, Magat 3, Maconocido 0, Rabat 0, Lim 0, Ecarma 0.
Quarterscores: 24-16, 36-34, 57-49, 82-77.