With significant contributions from eight players and 21 assists, the Far Eastern University Tamarraws overpowered the Adamson University Soaring Falcons, 82-69, in the second round of eliminations of UAAP Season 78 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.
Eight players scored seven or more points for the Tamarraws led by lanky forward Russel Escoto who had 13 points and four rebounds and burly center Raymar Jose who tallied 12 points and seven rebounds. The two big men were followed by Mark Belo who had 10 points; Mike Tolomia who chipped in nine points with eight rebounds and six assists; Roger Pogoy who sniped in nine points; Monbert Arong who scored seven to go along with 11 rebounds; Achie Inigo who scored seven; and Prince Orizu who added seven too.
After a relatively close first half that ended 37-43, the Tamarraws surged in the third quarter to unleash a 17-8 run in the last five minutes to post the game’s largest lead at 17 points until an Ivan Villanueva free throw ended the quarter at 66-50.
With another comeback in mind after surprising De La Salle in their last game where they came back from a same 16-point hole, the Soaring Falcons went on a 14-2 rally to cut the lead to just four, 68-64, at the 6:16 minute mark. The Tamarraws responded however with a rally of their own as they scored 12 straight unanswered points to extinguish any hopes of another Adamson comeback with the lead back to 16 points, 80-64, with only 3:06 remaining. A Christian Bernardo putback and a Jerome Garcia three-pointer for Adamson and an Arong layup then settled the score.
Cameroonian import Pape Sarr, Adamson’s leading scorer with a 15.5 scoring average, was ineffective in the game and was limited to just four points and eight rebounds. The Falcons were instead led by Jerome Garcia and Joseph Nalos with Garcia scoring 17 points and dishing out two assists while Nalos tallying 15 points, five rebounds and three assists.
The Falcons dropped to 2-10 in the win-loss column while the Tamarraws improved to 10-1. Adamson will next face the University of the East on November 4, Wednesday at 2 pm while FEU will face fellow tournament leader University of Santo Toma at 4 pm on the same day as there will be no games on October 31 and November 1– Saturday and Sunday– in observance with the Undas season.
FEU: Ru. Escoto 13, Jose 12, Belo 10, Tolomia 9, Pogoy 9, Arong 7, Inigo 7, Orizu 4, Ri. Escoto 4, Trinidad 2, K. Holmqvist 2, Tamsi 0, Comboy 0, Dennison 0, S. Holmqvist 0, Ebona 0.
Adamson: J. Garcia 16, Nalos 15, Tungcab 10, Bernardo 10, Polican 6, Sarr 4, Villanueva 3, Ochea 2, Capote 2, C. Garcia 1, Margallo 0, Camacho 0, Fernandez 0, Escalambre 0.