FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY finally came up with a convincing victory, outclassing winless University of the East, 92-66, on Sunday in the 75th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the MOA Arena.
After winning their first three games by a combined total of just six points, the Tamaraws finally scored a comprehensive victory to remain on top of the standings at 4-0 (win-loss).
“Puwede na,” said FEU coach Bert Flores when asked if he is satisfied with the blowout win. “Magandang panalo ito para sa susunod naming laro.”
It was actually FEU’s first double digit win since beating UE, 66-47, on July 21, 2010.
“Tinatry namin na ma-control ’ yung boards dahil first half, hindi namin nagawa ’yun. Kailangan namin ma-improve ’yung rebounds in preparation sa susunod naming mga laro,” said Flores, obviously not satisfied after the Tamaraws won the rebounding battle by just 45-40.
The game was not without its uneasy moments for Flores as the Tamaraws had to come back from a nine-point deficit in the first quarter.
RR Garcia scored 10 of his 18 points in the second quarter as the Tamaraws took control by grabbing a 42-29 lead at halftime.
Terrence Romeo led all FEU scorers with 19 points along with eight assists, Anthony Hargrove added 11 points and nine rebounds and Arvie Bringas finished with 11 points — nine in the third period — and eight rebounds.
The Tamaraws silenced the Red Warriors with a 15-0 blast that bridged the first and second quarters after UE had an 18-9 lead in the first period.
UE fell to 0-3.
FEU 92 — Romeo 19, Garcia 18, Hargrove 11, A. Bringas 11, Mendoza 8, Tolomia 6, Escoto 5, Pogoy 4, Cruz 4, Sentcheu 2, Inigo 2, Jose 2, Belo 0, Guerrero 0, M. Bringas 0.
UE 66 — Javier 20, Sumang 16, Sumido 10, Galanza 5, Olayon 4, Hernandez 4, Belleze 2, Valdez 2, Duran 2, Flores 1, Alberto 0, Villarias 0, Santos 0, Razon 0.
Quarterscores: 14-18; 42-29; 61-47; 92-66.