UST's Karim Abdul struggles against FEU'ss defenders. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA – The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws edged a short-handed University of Sto. Tomas (UST), 66-55, on Saturday to create a 3-way tie at the top of the UAAP men’s basketball.
Led by Roger Pogoy’s career-high 19 points, the Tamaraws built an early lead and held on to win for a 7-2 record, same as idle Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) Blue Eagles and defending champion De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers
FEU's big man Mark Belo added 12 points for the Morayta-based dribblers, who led by as much as 23 points midway through the game.
The Tamaraws pounced on the absence of Kevin Ferrer, immediately surging to a 22-5 lead in the opening quarter.
It was all FEU in the next two quarters until UST sprang back to life with under 2 minutes to go.
Led by Karim Adbul and Louie Vigil, the Tigers cut the deficit to 11 points via a telling 16-7 run in the final quarter.
But the rally wasn't enough for the Growling Tigers, which fell to its 5th defeat in 9 starts.
Abdul paced the Tigers with a season high 24 points to go with his 16 rebounds. Vigil added 17 points.
The Tigers sorely missed Ferrer who was forced to undergo surgery this week after accidentally injuring his wrist. Ferrer reportedly sustained the injury during practice.