MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws defeated the pesky University of the East (UE) Red Warriors, 83-78, on Saturday's UAAP men's basketball.
Still reeling from UAAP's order to re-play their game against National University (NU), the Tams evaded another controversy by holding off the Warriors' run in the fourth quarter.
FEU's Terrence Romeo scored 24 points to go with his 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
Roger Pogoy added 17 points for the Tamaraws, while RR Garcia had 12.
Buoyed by their back-to-back wins over Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) and University of the Philippines (UP), the Warriors launched a full court assault against the Tamaraws for a first quarter 23-18 lead.
FEU regained composure in the second period and was able to turn the tables against UE, 46-38, at the half.
The Tamaraws seemed headed to a trouble-free win, but UE unleashed a big comeback with just 2 minutes left in the game.
Gene Belleza and Roi Sumang partnered for an 8-0 run to bring the Warriors within 6 points, 83-77, just over a minute left.
UE's charge, however, ran out of steam as they missed crucial shots on the free throw line.
FEU now has 8 wins in 11 games, good for third place in the team standings.
Roi Sumang led UE with 27 points and 6 rebounds, but his efforts went to naught as the Warriors fell to their 9th defeat in 12 starts.