AN unlikely hero in enforcer Arvie Bringas picked up the cudgels for Far Eastern University’s seasoned players in the end game as the Tamaraws handed Adamson another heartbreaking setback, 76-68, on Sunday in the UAAP seniors basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Bringas scored all of his seven points in the final two minutes that finally allowed the Tamaraws to take command after trailing by as many as seven points in the final five minutes of the thrilling game.
The Tamaraws raised their record to 7-2 overall.
Bringas’ late-game explosion preserved Terrence Romeo’s first half heroics that saw the former Rookie of the Year score 22, including six three-pointers. His three-point conversions allowed the Tamaraws to climb back into the game after the Falcons led, 26-33.
“Slow start kami dahil sa zone nila pero buti na lang na-convert ni Terrence sa three-points. At least, strong finish kami,” said FEU coach Bert Flores.
The Falcons failed to protect a 58-65 lead five minutes left in the game as they suffered another sorry loss that dropped them to 1-8 (win-loss).
Bringas scored the go-ahead lay-up with two minutes to go, 67-65, after RR Garcia’s three-pointer tied the game.
Then Bringas intercepted Ryan Monteclaro’s pass in the backcourt, converting it to a three-point play for a 70-65 lead.
Roider Cabrera’s putback off Celedonio Trollano’s split from the line got Adamson back in the game, but Bringas quickly answered with a reverse lay-up with 36.3 seconds left to seal the win for the Tamaraws.
Adamson’s Rodney Brondial was suspended from this game due to a disqualifying foul he incurred in the Falcons’ last game against National University.
FEU (76) -- Romeo 27, Pogoy 13, Garcia 13, Hargrove 9, Mendoza 7, A. Bringas 7, Sentcheu 0, Inigo 0, Cruz 0, M. Bringas 0.
ADAMSON (68) -- Camson 24, Cruz 16, Trollano 9, Agustin 6, Monteclaro 5, Rios 4, Julkipli 2, Cabrera 2, Petilos 0, Etrone 0, Abrigo 0.
Quarterscores: 18-23; 40-40; 56-57; 76-68.