FAR Eastern University overcame another double-digit deficit to turn back defending champion La Salle, 61-56, and force a sudden death duel for the remaining Finals berth yesterday in the UAAP Season 77 women’s basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan.
The Lady Tamaraws climbed from a 17-32 hole with April Siat leading to way to win their second straight do-or-die match in the stepladder semifinals.
Siat had 21 points and nine rebounds, while Jacq Tanaman had a near triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for FEU.
Nikki Garcia drilled in 15 points, including a three-pointer that gave La Salle a 15-point lead in the second period, while Cass Santos added 11 markers and four boards.
In last Saturday’s first stepladder match, FEU rallied from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to eliminate University of Santo Tomas, 62-61.
The Lady Tamaraws-Lady Archers match is set at 1:30 p.m. at the Mall of Asia Arena, just before their male counterparts clash in the Final Four at 4 p.m. The winner of the do-or-die match will face unbeaten National University in the title round next week.
After Siat scored an undergoal stab for a 56-50 Lady Tamaraws lead, the Lady Archers cut down the deficit to two on Santos’ two charities and a lay-up by Camille Claro with 1:43 remaining.
But Tanaman hit a jumper which turned out as the dagger, giving FEU a 58-54 cushion in the final 55.6 seconds.
FEU (61) – Siat 21, Tanaman 16, Valenzona 7, Arellado 6, Gabriel 4, Ventura 4, Castro 2, Chan 1, Baldonado 0.
La Salle (56) – Garcia 15, Santos 11, Piatos 8, Ong A. 6, Claro 6, Melendres 3, Vergara 3, Ong M. 2, Castillo 2, Corcuera 0, Scott 0, Lumba 0.
Quarterscores: 6-7, 17-29, 37-45, 62-56
Mike Tolomia scored 19 points and to help FEU gain the twice-to-beat advantage in the UAAP Season 77 Men’s Basketball Final Four.
FEU may have grabbed a vital win over DLSU on Sunday in the Mall of Asia Arena, but that was no reason for Tamaraws coach Nash Racela to be complacent going into the Final Four series proper with La Salle.
The Tamaraws have twice-to-beat against the Green Archers in their semifinals matchup that tips off next weekend.
Mike Tolomia and his mates may have partly erased the bitter taste of their startling collapse against Ateneo last Saturday with a gutty 65-60 victory, but Racela is not one to rest on his laurels.
“I told the boys after the win na we haven’t achieved anything. We shouldn’t celebrate too much. Low-key lang tayo.”
We acknowledge receipt of Comm. Andy Jao’s letter dated Sept. 16, 2014 denying FEU’s protest of last Saturday’s FEU-ADMU game. Comm. Jao based his decision on his declaration that Von Pessumal’s shot (3:20) was a 3-pter.
However, certain issues remain unanswered:
1. The letter states that “When the shot went in, the trail Referee, Maynard Ballecer, raised his two hands confirming the 3 points conversion.” In the attached video of the shot Maynard Ballecer does not raise his two hands. Who said he raised his two hands? If he did raise his two hands, why didn’t the scorer see him? Ballecer was near the half court line and there was no obstruction between him and the scorer.
2. If Jojo Villa and other members of the Technical Committee immediately knew that it was a three point shot, then the lack of sense of urgency to make the correction is inexcusable. It would have taken less than 30 seconds for a member of the Technical Committee to go to the scorer’s table and have the buzzer pressed on the first dead ball opportunity. Letting 3 minutes of game time (or more than 10 minutes of actual time) pass before correcting an error should not happen in a league with the magnitude and stature of the UAAP.
3. We seek the UAAP Board’s interpretation of the video replay rule which states “determining whether a shot is a 2 or 3 points will be allowed by reviewing the tapes at the First Dead Ball Opportunity, timeout and before the end of the period concerned.” We stress the fact that the rule says “AND” and not “OR”. If the rule means you can review before the end of the period then why was the phrase. “FIRST DEAD BALL OPPORTUNITY” added to the rule? The Board’s guidance regarding the interpretation is very important for future games.
Nevertheless, FEU accepts Comm. Jao’s decision. We are ready to face DLSU at MOA on Sunday.
May we request your office to include this matter for discussion/deliberation during our next Board Meeting.
The Far Eastern University welcomed head coach Nash Racela with a blowout loss on Sunday, bowing 71-94 to the University of the East in the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Racela arrived on Saturday afternoon from his coaching staff duties to the Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA World Cup in Seville Spain, leaving his team for 10 days. The Tamaraws won against cellar-dwellers University of the Philippines and Adamson University in the coach’s absence, but saw themselves flattened in Racela’s return.
“I told the players that they just charge the loss to me. I think that’s a result of leaving them for 10 days,” Racela said.
Achie Iñigo dialed in five triples to lead the Tams past the resilient Adamson Soaring Falcons.
It was nowhere as close as the earlier game but the Far Eastern University Tamaraws also had to endure nervous moments against the still winless Adamson University Falcons, 88-73, to remain at the top of the UAAP standings.
After allowing the Falcons to grab an early double-digit lead, the Tamaraws settled down in the second and third quarter before finally exploding for 28 points in the fourth.
At 10-2, the Tamaraws officially qualified for the Final Four and they are now the favorites to hold a twice-to-beat advantage in the knockout stage.
Alejandro Inigo led FEU with 18 points in the game. Like in their win against the UP Fighting Maroons, he also banked in a triple at a crucial moment in the game to help the Tamaraws get the win.
Much has been said for Far Eastern U’s crafty guard Mike Tolomia, who has certainly come into his own this season following the departure of former league MVP awardees Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia.
But his new backcourt partner, Achie Iñigo, is relishing his role away from the limelight while getting the job done for the Tamaraws.
The 5-foot-9 Iñigo made this known on Saturday afternoon when he delivered big buckets down the stretch, including the go-ahead triple, to help FEU dodge feisty University of the Philippines 75-69 and move a step closer towards clinching a Final Four berth in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Mike Tolomia helped Far Eastern University thwart off a De La Salle University surge late in the fourth quarter for a 74-70 victory on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena that gave the Tamaraws the solo lead in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament.
With the win, the Tamaraws climbed to the top of the standings with an 8-2 card, while the Archers fell to second in a tie with Ateneo de Manila University and National University at 7-3.
Tolomia scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Tamaraws, while Mac Belo and Achie Inigo finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
MANILA — A very disappointed Nash Racela showed up at the media room after Far Eastern University won over Adamson 71-62 Wednesday to cap off the Tamaraws’ first round with a 5-2 record.
Toting the same slate as defending champion De La Salle University and National University, FEU was lodged at second place because of its superior quotient.
Although the Tamaraws were able to get the triumph, Racela expressed dissatisfaction following a more competitive than expected matchup with the winless Soaring Falcons.
Coming off a rousing conquest of contender National U, FEU appeared to take its foot off the pedal against the worst team in the league.
“With the way we played today, I think I have a very big problem as a coach. ‘Di ko alam, medyo lost ako. Naiinis ako sa mga players,” said a sullen Racela. The season-long issue of inconsistency has seemed to have alarmed the usually cool and playful FEU mentor.
Carl Cruz tallied 16 points while Achie Iñigo added 14 as the Far Eastern University Tamaraws defeated the National University Bulldogs, 71-62, Saturday at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.
Mike Tolomia packed his stat sheet with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists while Mac Belo tallied nine.
Three triples from Carl Cruz helped FEU establish an early lead in the first quarter. Gelo Alolino and Glenn Khobuntin kept the Bulldogs within striking distance, but a 7-0 run late in the period had the Tamaraws enjoying a 21-16 lead after one.
MANILA, Philippines — Kiefer Ravena scored 23 points and Ateneo slipped past Far Eastern University, 81-78, to earn solo second place in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Ravena, who also dished out seven assists, bounced back from a sub-par outing in a 60-64 loss to National University two Saturdays ago – coming through down the stretch for the Blue Eagles, who improved to 4-1 just half a game behind the league-leading Bulldogs.