FEU's Anthony Hargrove battles it out against Adamson's Jansen Rios. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU) defeated Adamson University, 71-62, on Wednesday’s UAAP men’s basketball tournament to notch its fifth win.
The Tamaraws leaned on Mike Tolomia’s 21 points for an easy win against the Soaring Falcons and tie defending champion De La Salle Green Archers and National University Bulldogs in second place with identical 5-2 win-loss slates.
FEU also got 13 points from Mac Belo and 16 from Roger Pogoy even as they faced a Vince Hizon-coached Adamson.
The winless Falcons put up a courageous effort despite the absence of head coach Kenneth Duremdes, who flew to Bahrain to attend to family matters.
Adamson got 17 points from Don Trollano and 16 from Jansen Rios.
FEU built an early 24-17 lead on Tolomia’s 11 points in the first quarter. This later went up to as much as 20 after Pogoy’s three-point play in the third, 57-37.
The game also had tense moments when Anthony Hargrove and Trollano nearly figured in a fight during the third period.
Adamdson closed the first round eliminations without a win in seven games, ending up at the bottom of the standings behind University of the Philippines.
FEU 71 – Tolomia 21, Belo 13, Pogoy 9, Hargrove 6, Cruz 5, Tamsi 4, Inigo 3, Denila 3, Lee Yu 3, Ru. Escoto 2, David 1, Ugsang 1, Delfinado 0.
Adamson 62 – Trollano 17, Rios 16, Nalos 8, Donahue 6, Polican 5, Inigo 4, Aquino 2, Baytan 2, Gumtang 2, Garcia 0, Monteclaro 0, Barrera 0, Butron 0, Pedrosa 0, Villanueva 0, Ochea 0.
Quarterscores: 24-17; 34-26; 58-43; 71-62