Sparked by a crucial 20-0 run in the third quarter, the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamarraws crushed the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers, 93-75, at the Mall of Asia (MoA) Arena in Pasay, Sunday.
The Tamarraws opened the game on an 11-4 run punctuated by a Prince Orizu slam but the Archers answered with a Julian Sergeant free throw and an Andrei Caracut trey to cut the lead to three. A difficult step-back jumper from Michael Tolomia followed but a flurry of points involving Jeron Teng came after that produced a 17-2 run that saw the momentum to La Salle. A Tolomia layup followed by Mac Belo’s first five points, including a buzzer-beater trey ended the quarter with FEU only down by one at 25-24.
Back-to-back Prince Rivero baskets started the second quarter but FEU answered with a barrage of points in three’s—five treys from Tolomia, Tamsi & Trinidad and a Tolomia And-one—pushed the Tamarraw lead to seven. The boys from Taft responded with a counter-run capped by a Sergeant last second jumper trimming the deficit to two, 43-45 at halftime.
Mike Tolomia led the Tamarraws at the half with 16 points on an efficient 6-of-12 shooting display while Jeron Teng put the Archers on his back with 19 points and six rebounds.
The start of the second half saw a steady exchange of baskets and free throws until the 5:10 mark with the score 54-57. Coach Nash Racela then unleashed a suffocating full-court press and it helped FEU produce the backbreaking 20-0 run capped by an Achie Inigo three at the buzzer that put La Salle in a 23-point hole to end the third quarter at 54-77. The Tamarraws never looked back from there.
Though he Archers managed to trim the lead to 14, 73-87, courtesy of a 13-4 run capped by a Teng layup at the 2:21 mark of the fourth quarter, it was the closest they could come as an emphatic Belo block on Teng that turned into a Belo coast-to-coast layup iced any Green Archer hopes of a comeback.
Mike Tolomia bounced back from his miserable game against UST and tallied 20 points and maintained his efficient shooting in the first half with an 8-of-16 shooting clip and five assists while Mac Belo recorded an all-around game with 17 points, four rebounds and four assists. FEU also showcased their depth by getting 45 points from their bench. A monster game from Jeron Teng of 29 points, ten rebounds, and four assists while rookie sensation was able to produce 13 points on a lowly 4-of-14 shooting clip.