FAR Eastern University pulled through in yet another thriller on Thursday, holding off Adamson, 65-62, to remain unbeaten in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Tamaraws have now won their third successive game to begin their Season 75 campaign by a combined margin of six points.
“First game, one point [ang lamang]. Second game, two points. Third game, three points,” said a relieved FEU coach Bert Flores when he began the postgame press conference.
Terrence Romeo led the Tams with 23 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals. He also converted a difficult three-point play off an Adamson turnover with two minutes 18 seconds remaining to gave FEU a 65-60 lead.
To complete his heroics, Romeo also blocked Roider Cabrera’s potential game-tying three-point shot to make up for a late FEU turnover and salvage the victory.
Flores, however, was not too pleased after the Tamaraws' latest escape act.
“Hindi kami nakapag-dictate ng tempo,” Flores said. “Nasa sitwayson pa rin kami na hindi kami kampante sa laro.”
Flores noted the Tamaraws could have been in a deeper hole had it not been for the Falcons’ turnovers.
“Na-match naming ’yung aggressiveness ng Adamson dahil nakakuha kami ng 25 turnover points. ’Yun ang importante,” Flores said.
After Romeo’s three-point play, Eric Camson hit two free throws with 19.3 seconds left to pull Adamson within three points. FEU star RR Garcia nearly became the goat after his inbound pass to Mike Tolomia sailed high, but Adamson's Jericho Cruz failed on a drive to the basket.
The Falcons are 0-2, the worst start for the team since 2008.
FEU 65 — Romeo 23, Garcia 12, Belo 9, Tolomia 6, Escoto 5, Hargrove 4, A. Bringas 4, M. Bringas 2, Pogoy 0, Cruz 0.
Adamson 62 — Etrone 13, Camson 11, Brondial 11, Cruz 8, Petilos 7, Cabrera 4, Abrigo 4, Trollano 2, Nuyles 2, Rios 0, Monteclaro 0, Julkipli 0, Agustin 0.
Quarterscores: 15-15; 35-28; 50-49; 65-62.