MANILA, Philippines – After a slow start, the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws got rolling in the second quarter and dominated the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors, 92-66, in the UAAP Season 75 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Tamaraws remain unbeaten this season with a 4-0 record, but it was the first game that they won by a large margin. In their first three victories, their combined margin of victory was six points.
Terrence Romeo scored 19 points and dished out eight assists, while RR Garcia, playing with a bum ankle, had 18 points, six rebounds and eight assists for the Tamaraws, who are the only team without a loss in this season’s tournament.
It seemed as though the Tams were headed for another difficult game when the Warriors got off to a strong start in the opening period, headed by star point guard Roi Sumang, who scored eight points in the quarter.
Sumang gave the Warriors their first lead of the game when he drained a three-pointer to make it 9-8 midway through the first quarter, and the Warriors went on to lead by as much as nine points, 18-9, via another Sumang trey.
UE would lead 18-14 after the first, but the Tamaraws quickly overhauled the deficit in the first four minutes of the second period, wherein they outscored the Warriors 10-0.
The Tamaraws would go on to outscore the Warriors, 28-11, in the second quarter, giving them complete control of the ball game.
The Warriors made a brief run in the third quarter to cut the lead to 13, 57-44, but the Tamaraws responded with four straight points courtesy of Arvie Bringas. FEU would go on to lead by as much as 27 points, 84-77, late in the fourth period.
The Warriors remain winless in three games this season.
Sumang finished with 16 points, while Chris Javier had 20 points and nine rebounds for UE.
FEU 92 - Romeo 19, Garcia 18. Hargrove 11, A. Bringas 11, Mendoza 8, Tolomia 6, Escoto 5, Pogoy 4, Cruz 4, Sentchey 2, Inigo 2, Jose 2, Belo 0, Guerrero 0, M. Bringas 0
UE - Javier 20, Sumang 16, Sumido 10, Galanza 5, Olayon 4, Hernandez 4, Belleze 2, Valdez 2, Duran 2, Flores 1, Alberto 0, Villarias 0, Santos 0, Razon 0
14-18, 42-29, 61-47, 92-66