NATIONAL College of Business and Arts pulled a stunning upset of Far Eastern University, 25-18, 26-24, 12-25, 25-16, for its first win in the Spikers’ Turf Collegiate Conference at The Arena in San Juan on Monday.
Guest players Edwin Tolentino and Reyson Fuentes had 15 and 11 points, respectively for the Wildcats, who also got 13 points from mainstay John Paul Domingo.
The Wildcats appeared ready to finish off the Tamaraws after winning the first two sets, only to waver and allow the opposition to salvage a set and extend the match.
A simple reminder from coach Jun Balubar during the break was all NCBA needed to get its bearing back.
“Sa third set bumaba ang intensity namin kaya kami natalo,” said the veteran mentor. “Parang nung umingay sila at tumaas ang intensity nila ‘yung sa amin naman bumaba.”
“Sa fourth set ibinalik lang namin sa kanila ‘yung mga ginagawa nila na lagay dito, ‘yung mga palong bitin. And bumalik naman ‘yung intensity namin,” he added.
NCBA now joins National University on top of Group A with similar 1-0 cards.
Despite the loss, the Tamaraws came away with 13 solid blocks compared to the five of NCBA, while also taking better care of the floor with more digs (12-7).
Jude Garcia had 14 points for FEU while, Richard Solis added 13.
The Tamaraws join Mapua at the lower half of the standing (0-1).