|FEU Tamaraw star player RR Garcia attacks the basket against NU Bulldog prized rookie Bobby Ray Parks Jr. during their match at the UAAP, Saturday, August 27. Photo by Diana Moraleda for abs-cbnNEWS.com.
MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU) carved out an 84-82 double-overtime win against National University (NU) in a hard-fought men’s basketball game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Tamaraws used experience and maturity to fashion out the come-from-behind win against the charging Bulldogs, who led for most part of the game.
FEU leaned on Terrence Romeo who scored 16 markers and hauled down 7 rebounds on top of 7 assists.
Aldrech Ramos had 19 points, including the crucial free throw that gave the Tamaraws a 2 point cushion just 13.8 seconds remaining in the game.
FEU was 8 points behind NU going into the 4th quarter.
A furious rally by the Tamaraws, capped by RR Garcia’s right-hand layup, was able to close the gap 70-all and send the game into its 1st overtime.
FEU was already leading by 2 points, 76-74, near the end of the first extension when Ray Ray Parks sank both of his charities to make it 76-all. This sent the game into its 2nd overtime.
The Bulldogs seemed to tire out in the 2nd extension, allowing the Tams to post an 83-79 lead.
NU, however, sprang back to life in the final minute to put itself within 1 point, 83-82.
With the clock winding down, the Bulldogs were forced to buy time by fouling Ramos, 13.8 seconds remaining.
Ramos split his charities to make it 84-82 for FEU.
NU scrambled to make 2 final attempts to seize the game. However, Joshua Alolino misfired his undergoal stab while Joseph Terso’s 3-pointer failed to make its mark.
FEU escaped with its 7th win against 4 losses. The victory also boosted the Tams' bid to make the Final 4 roster with their No. 3 ranking.
NU slipped to 4-7 and will need to win its 3 remaining games to end 7-7 with hopes for a tie at 4th place.
FEU 84 -- Ramos 19, romeo 16, Excimiano 14, Escoto 10, Garcia 10, Tolomia 9, Pogoy 2, Cruz 2, Bringas 2, Mendoza 0
NU 82 -- Parks 32, Mbe 11, Villamor 10, Alolino 8, Ignacio 7, javillonar 6, Neypes 4, Celiz 4, Rono 0, Khobuntin 0, Terso 0, Singh 0
Quarter scores: 16-15, 31-35, 49-57, 70-70, 76-76, 84-82