MIKE Tolomia converted a step-back jumper with 47.6 seconds left which proved the biggest basket of the game as Far Eastern University handed La Salle its first loss of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament, 48-46, on Sunday at the MOA Arena.
Tolomia hit the big basket over rookie Jeron Teng as he picked up the cudgels from struggling FEU stars RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo in a game marked by atrocious shooting from both sides.
FEU won despite shooting only 19-of-63 from the field. La Salle did even worse with a 15-of-54 clip.
The win was the second in a row for the Tamaraws, who were quick to burst La Salle's bubble after two early victories had raised hopes of a revival for the Taft-based squad.
So bad was the offense by both sides that Romeo ended up as the lone double-figure scorer in the game with 10 points for the Tamaraws.
Romeo and Garcia found it hard to get good looks at the basket owing to the Archers' trapping offense. Fortunately for the Tamaraws, Tolomia was there to fill the gap.
“Tina-trap nila si RR at Terrence kaya doon na kami nag-relay sa isolation play kay Tolomia,” said FEU coach Bert Flores.
Tolomia and Anthony Hargrove also had seven points each for the Tamaraws with Hargrove also chipping in six rebounds and three blocks.
Teng failed to save the Archers this time, missing a tough lay-up after Tolomia’s basket that would have tied the game once again.
FEU’s Arvie Bringas missed two free throws on the next possession giving the Archers another chance but Almond Vosotros misfired on a three-pointer at the buzzer.
The Green Archers missed the services of LA Revilla due to tendonitis, and his absence caught the Tamaraws off-guard.
“Si Revilla ang nag-cocontrol ng game pero wala pala siya kaya nag-adjust pa tuloy kami. Maganda naging depensa nila sa mga wingman kaya hindi kami nakagalaw,” said Flores.
FEU 48 — Romeo 10, Tolomia 7, Hargrove 7, Pogoy 6, Garcia 6, A. Bringas 5, Cruz 4, Belo 3, Mendoza 0, Escoto 0, M. Bringas 0.
DLSU 46 — Andrada 8, Vosotros 8, Mendoza 8, N. Torres 8, Teng 6, Tallo 4, Van Opstal 2, Tampus 2, T. Torres 0, Webb 0, Manguera 0.
Quarterscores: 15-11, 23-26, 35-34, 48-46.