FAR Eastern University used short bursts of power in the second half to turn back Perpetual Help, 88-81, on Saturday in the FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup at the Arena in San Juan.
Terrence Romeo had 21 points and led four other Tamaraws in double digit scoring as the Tamaraws improved their win-loss record to 1-1 after a 67-68 opening-game loss to Adamson.
Mike Tolomia added 13, Mark Belo had 12, and RR Garcia contributed 11.
"Nagrelax kami sa depensa at sila (Perpetual Help) naging aggressive sila sa amin kaya ayun," said Romeo about the Altas’ mini-rally in the fourth.
From a tight contest in the first half, 42-40, the Tamaraws came charging in the third and poured in 22 points against the Altas' 15.
The Morayta-based dibblers again attacked in the fourth to put up a 14-point lead, 88-74, after a Romeo fast break basket at the 1:47 mark.
Perpetual scored seven straight points but it was not enough to steal the win from FEU.
"There's still a lot of things to work on and improve," said FEU rookie coach Nash Racela. "We let our opponents score 81 points meaning we have a lot to improve on our defense."
Perpetual Help’s Cameroonian forward Nosa Omorogbe had a game-high 32 points, including four triples, three in the first quarter alone, and 14 of 18 shooting from the free throw line.
Juneric Baloria added 16, Chris Elopre had 12, and Justine Allano scored 10 for Perpetual Help, which remained winless in two games.
FEU 88: Romeo 21, Tolomia 13, Belo 12, Garcia 11, Cruz 8, Hargrove 7, Escoto 6, Inigo 6, Mendoza 2, Delfinado 2, Aguilon 0, Dennison 0, Luz 0, Jose 0.
UPHSD 81: Omorogbe 32, Baloria 16, Elopre 12, Allano 10, Arboleda 4, Dizon 3, Oliveria 2, Lucente 2, Jolangcob 0, Bitoy 0, Bantayan 0, Ylagan 0.
Quarterscores: 20-17; 42-40; 64-55; 88-81.