BONG Galanza scored 26 points, Charles Mammie had 18, and Roi Sumang helped spark a crippling fourth-quarter run to lift University of the East to a huge 94-71 win over erstwhile league-leader Far Eastern University on Sunday and keep its UAAP Final Four hopes alive.
Galanza, Mammie, and Sumang scored most of the points in a stunning 25-6 endgame run.
UE improved its record to 7-5, staying alive in the semifinal race by tightening its hold on fifth spot behind National University, which is in fourth place with an 8-4 slate after beating University of the Philippines in the first game on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.
FEU slipped to a share of first place with Ateneo with a 10-3 win-loss card before their much-anticipated game on Saturday at the Big Dome, giving third-place De La Salle (9-3) a fighting chance for the top two spots in the Final Four.
“I think the boys really showed their guts,” said UE coach Derrick Pumaren. “They refused to lose. We know the predicament we are in. We know we have to survive.”
It was also UE’s first win over FEU since September 24, 2009.
Galanza started out with a bang, scoring 15 in the first half to help the Red Warriors post a 44-37 lead. They kept control of the game, with Sumang also contributing in his first game since being benched in UE’s last game, scoring five of the Red Warriors’ first seven points in the fourth quarter.
“They played a hell of a defense in the fourth quarter against their dribble-drive offense. We were there all the time and challenged their shots. I’m very proud of the way the boys played,” said Pumaren.
Mac Belo had 16 points, while Achie Inigo had 10 points in the Tamaraws’ first game with head coach Nash Racela back from Spain as assistant coach at Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba World Cup.
UE (94)—Galanza 26, Mammie 18, Alberto 10, De Leon 9, Sumang 9, Javier 9, Varilla 5, Olayon 2, Arafat 2, Jumao-as 2, Palma 2, Hernandez 2, Guiang 0, Charcos 0, Cudal 0.
FEU (71)—Belo 16, Inigo 10, Tolomia 9, Hargrove 9, Cruz 8, Tamsi 6, Pogoy 5, Ugsang 5, Jose 3, Ri. Escoto 0, Lee Yu 0, Denila 0, David 0, Delfinado 0.
Quarterscores: 21-17; 44-37; 64-61; 94-71.