MANILA, Philippines -- Far Eastern University (FEU) continues to alternate wins and losses in the UAAP Season 82 men's basketball tournament, as the Tamaraws are still groping for consistency.
The Tamaraws failed to build on an impressive 66-55 triumph over De La Salle University last week, instead bowing to University of Santo Tomas (UST), 82-74, on Sunday after squandering a 12-point lead in the first half.
FEU veteran Ino Comboy, who had 10 points in the defeat, was disappointed at how they lost their rhythm in the second quarter of the game.
"We can build a bigger lead sana sa second quarter, but I don't know. A lot of fouls, a lot of free throws na na-attempt nila. So parang feeling namin, wala eh, parang 'yun 'yung... Nag-iba 'yung ikot ng game," he explained.
"So pagdating ng second half, dikit na 'yung laro," he added.
Comboy also commended the adjustments made by UST coach Aldin Ayo, and admitted that the Tamaraws simply had no answer for Sherwin Concepcion. The rookie forward drilled three consecutive three-pointers in the final two minutes of the third period, giving the Tigers a 64-55 cushion heading into the fourth frame that they were able to nurse all the way to the end.
With the loss, FEU dropped to 2-3 in the tournament, putting them in a tie for fifth and sixth places along with the Green Archers.
Given how tight the competition is in the UAAP right now, Comboy is aware that the Tamaraws will have to start to string some wins together in order to stay within striking distance of the top four.
"'Yun nga ;yung laging hinahanap sa amin ng coaches, 'yung consistency namin. So kailangan lang namin maging consistent every time," he said.
"Kasi everything will fall into place naman kung 'yung tama lang ang ginagawa namin. Wala namang mahihiling pa si coach, basta tama lang 'yung ginagawa namin," he added.
To get this done, the Tamaraws will have to adhere to their coach's instructions, Comboy said.
FEU head coach Olsen Racela repeatedly reminds his team that "every game is a different game," and they have to establish themselves every time.
"Kailangan namin mag-commit lang sa sinasabi ni Coach Olsen na ganoon," said Comboy. "Kasi hindi naman namin pwedeng sabihin na 'yung last game namin, 'yun din ang mangyayari sa next game. So we need to do a better job for that pa."
The Tamaraws take on winless National University on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
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