James Mangahas and the rest of the Green Archers made it sure that Far Eastern University would not live another day in the Final Four as they sealed the win, 67-62, in the first game Sunday of De La Salle's twice-to-beat advantage.
Mangahas, who was named best player, used a missed three-pointer from the Tams' James Sanga to go for a layup in the closing seconds of the University Athletic Association Season 71 game at the Araneta Coliseum.
Before Mangahas' game-winning basket, the Tams' James Sanga tried in desperation to nail a three-pointer but this failed to connect.
FEU coach Glenn Capacio decided to send Sanga in after Mac-mac Baracael failed to sink two of his charity shots courtesy of a foul from Rico Maierhofer.
Mangahas ended the game with a career-high 20 points and eight rebounds, ably helped by fellow Archers Jvee Casio and Maierhofer.
La Salle came from behind a 10-point deficit and had its biggest lead only by two points, 64-62 with 35.2 seconds left to play in the fourth quarter.
The win pushed the Archers tp 11-4, as they trailed arch-rival Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles (13-1).
The Tams, meanwhile, dropped to 10-5, closely followed by the No. 4 seed University of the East Red Warriors at 9-5.