GAME Three is upon us. On Wednesday, Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas battle for the final time this season at the Mall of Asia Arena before an expected capacity crowd. While coaches, both real and the armchair variety, will certainly throw in the usual ‘You throw the stats away’ and ‘Who wants it more’ lines, Spin.ph zeroes in on the four players whose performances will dictate how Game Three will go.
Roger and out?
After an explosive Game One performance, Roger Pogoy wasn't much of a factor in Game Two. He did have 12 points and six rebounds but shot just 4-of-16 from the field, including 3-of-12 from three-point range. FEU was still ahead, 54-50, when Pogoy left the game due to cramps. He did return but never made an impact. A finals MVP candidate, Pogoy must be spot-on for the Tamaraws in Game Three. The question is, which Pogoy will show up?
Be like Mike
Tolomia was an atrocious 0-of-15 from the field in Game Two and 5-of-27 overall in this finals series. He did have eight rebounds and six assists but, while Mac Belo has been delivering consistently for FEU in the last two games, the same cannot be said of his fellow senior. The FEU starting guard also made bad decisions on the floor in Game Two. On Wednesday, Tolomia will be playing in his final game of his UAAP career and the Tamaraws can only hope that he can be like the Mike they've seen all season.
Can Ferrer do it again?
Ferrer’s offensive outburst in Game Two - 29 points including 24 built around six three-pointers in the third quarter - has been well documented. While that kind of performance will be hard to duplicate, the UST Tigers, with their shallow bench and lack of scoring options, still need their best scoring option to be as sharp as ever to have a chance against FEU in Game Three.
Weight on Abdul shoulders
Abdul topscored for UST in Game One with 19 points but had to bleed for his points at the post against a younger and quicker Prince Orizu. He asserted himself more in the endgame of Game Two after being in foul trouble right in the first quarter. FEU has enjoyed a big edge in rebounding the entire series and it is up to Abdul to keep the Tigers competitive, or respectable at the very least, in the paint in Game Three.