UAAP champion Far Eastern University got the better of its torrid shootout with University of the East to hack out a 71-67 win and jumpstart its title-retention bid in the 6th FCBL-Freego Cup on Thursday at the Philippine Buddhacare gym in Quezon City.
Following the graduation of star guard Jerie Pingoy, the Baby Tamaraws leaned on Carlo John Lumba and JJ Domingo in turning back the spirited challenge of the Junior Warriors in the Freego-presented annual pre-season tournament for high schoolers.
Domingo led the Diliman-based squad with 15 points, including 10 in the third quarter which saw the Baby Tams erase a 32-37 halftime deficit and take a 59-56 lead going into the final quarter.
Lumba then took over the show, scattering seven points in the deciding period highlighted by a clutch three-point shot to help FEU register its first win in the tournament also sponsored Smart, Fresh Gear, Colt Commercial, Powerbest Mrkg. Inc., Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, Hapee Toothpaste and Insular Square of Cebu.
It was actually a big day for UAAP teams as Ateneo and National University bested their respective rivals, even as Mapua rolled over fellow NCAA campaigner University of Perpetual Help Dalta System.
Thirdy Ravena exploded for 25 points as the Eagles rallied to beat Chiang Kai Shek College, 75-73, while Mark Anthony Dyke posted 17 points and 19 boards to beat Jose Rizal University, 85-72.
The Red Robins, on the other hand, went to Carlo Convento to whip the Baby Altas, 91-59, despite playing with just only eight players.