The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws are one win away from clinching the UAAP Season 78 crown after they survived a 4th quarter comeback by the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 75-64, in Game One of their best-of-three Finals Wednesday (November 25) at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The UST came back from 14 points down in the first half and even take a 62-61 lead less than six minutes left in the final period. But, FEU stayed composed and responded with a 14-2 to win Game One against the top-seeded UST before a crowd of 18,450.
RR Pogoy scored 15 points to lead the Tamaraws but it was Mac Belo’s 13 points and 13 rebounds earned the nod as the best player of the game. Mike Tolomia registered 14 points, 7 rebounds, and two assists.
Russel Escoto added 12 markers and 7 boards, while big man Prince Orizu contributed 10 points and 9 rebounds.
Karim Abdul had 19 points, 9 rebounds and Kevin Ferrer added 15 points for the Tigers. Ed Daquioag was held with only 4 points and even fouled out of the game.
FEU - 75: Pogoy 15, Tolomia 14, Belo 13, Escoto Ru. 12, Orizu 10, Tamsi 5, Jose 4, Arong 2, Dennison 0, Escoto Ri. 0, Inigo 0.
UST - 64: Abdul 19, Ferrer 15, Vigil 8, Bonleon 6, Sheriff 6, Lee 6, Daquioag 4, Lao 0, Faundo 0.
Quarter scores: 28-24, 47-34, 57-51, 75-64.
UAAP 78 Finals: UST vs FEU Game 1 Highlights
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What went wrong for UST in Game 1? Analyst explains
Despite winning its first two match-ups against Far Eastern University in the elimination rounds, University of Sto. Tomas lost to the Tamaraws in Game 1 of their UAAP title series.
Basketball analyst Adrian Dy explains the reasons that led to UST's defeat. Continue reading on ABS-CBNNews.com.
Victorious FEU wants to avoid last year’s UAAP Finals mistake
FEU’s 75-64 Game 1 win over the UST Growling Tigers in the best-of-3 UAAP Finals puts them in the same position they were in during the last season against the NU Bulldogs. The Tamaraws also won Game 1 but eventually faltered in the last 2 games to lose the series.
“I think we learned our lesson from last year’s finals. We were up one game but we lost the series,” said head coach Nash Racela, who came with his players to the press room looking composed and pensive. Continue reading on Rappler.com.