The Far Eastern University Tamaraws overcame a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter and rallied to win over

the De La Salle University Green Archers in overtime, 83-79, on Saturday at The Mall of Asia Arena. “It was a total team effort”, said FEU Coach Nash Racela,. A three-pointer by Dela Paz with 2:30 left on the clock looked like it had sealed the deal for the Green Archers, but he and his teammates squandered the lead due to botched offensive possessions and missed free throws. The Tamaraws, meanwhile, mounted a 15-2 run, owing from big plays by Terrence Romeo and Mac Belo down the stretch. “La Salle had a very good gameplan”, said Coach Racela, “took us a while to adjust, but we had the players to execute”. Romeo fired two quick triples, while Belo connected on a three-point play to cut the lead to six points. FEU big man Carl Bryan Cruz drew a foul from DLSU guard Almond Vosotros and sank both free throws to further cut it to four points. Garcia made a tough lay-up in traffic to inch them within two. The FEU defense started fouling, and sent Vosotros to the line. Vosotros missed both, and Belo scored on a short hook on the other end to eve nthe game at 75. La Salle failed to convert anything in the final seconds of the fourth. In overtime, La Salle continued to struggle offensively, managing only four points and one field goal, while the Tams put up a substantial effort to put the game away. A lay-in by Garcia and a turnaround jumper by Pogoy drove a three-point wedge between both teams, and Teng made only two out of six free throws as they dropped the game, 83-79. The Tamaraws’ four-game win streak and zero losses have kept them atop the standings (4-0) while the Green Archers fall to the middle of the pack with two wins and two losses (2-2). Romeo again had a stellar outing, tallying 25 points, four rebounds, and five assists, one of which was responsible for the basket that gave them the lead in overtime. Garcia added 19 points, five rebounds and three assists, while Belo had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. FEU’s offensive machine had the pedal to the metal early, as Roger Pogoy and Mike Tolomia blasted the Archer defense with an 8-2 run, which sandwiched a short jumper by Teng. Coach Juno Sauler called for a timeout with a little over eight minutes to cut short FEU’s run, and the Archers responded with four quick points off a nifty hook by Perkins and a short jumper by Teng, 8-6. FEU went on a 6-0 nothing run after La Salle’s scoring spurt, as a lay-in by Romeo extended their lead to eight points, 14-6. La Salle put up their own six-point burst off a three-point play by Teng and free throws by Van Opstal. A split by Raymar Jose and a jumper by Tolomia sandwiched a lay-up by Teng, but the Archers built a seven-point surge to grab the lead at the end of the first frame, with two baskets by Teng and a triple by deadeye shooter Almond Vosotros, 21-17. The surge continued to a stretch of 12 points early in the second quarter, after a triple by LA Revilla and another lay-in by Teng, 26-17. The Tams sprayed six points from Pogoy, Archie Inigo, and RR Garcia to cut the Archer lead to 26-23, but a basket by Van Opstal and free throws by Perkins replenished La Salle’s lead, 30-23. Two straight baskets from Romeo and Garcia sliced the lead to three, 30-27, prompting Coach Juno Sauler to press for time.

De La Salle managed only one field goal in overtime. The last few minutes of the third quarter were fought tooth and nail. flattening the game at 48-all after free throws by Van Opstal. Torres converted on successive forays to the hoop. 46-39. Romeo paced his team with 12 points. but it was La Salle’s free throw shooting that shot themselves to oblivion. followed by Tolomia with seven points. Teng spearheaded the attack for the Archers with 15 points on 7-13 field goals. After Van Opstal’s three-point play. FEU again pumped in five points from Romeo to go ahead by seven. Garcia and Romeo played the passing lanes perfectly to put the game away for their 4-0 squad. and both teams failed to score in the final minute to cap off a 35-34 first half in favor of FEU. three more than their foes (3-4). 26-22. Vosotros drew a foul but failed to convert anything from the line.The Tams finally breathed on the Archers’ necks after straight jumpers from Hargrove and Romeo inched the Tams within one. Teng made only three out of 11 attempts. again convincing Coach Sauler to call for time with seven minutes left on the third quarter. Both Teng and Van Opstal scored season-highs. La Sale subbed out Van Opstal in the final minutes. . . the Archers failed to convert anything. but a short stab by Van kept the lead at a single point. FEU’s guard-oriented offense dominated the extra period. The green and gold held the rebounding edge by halftime. while Van Opstal added seven points and eight rebounds to their cause The Tams went ahead by five early in the first quarter after six straight points from Belo and Garcia.1 percent. The Archers led as much as 13 points after a triple by De La Paz from the left corner. free throws by Cruz and a lay-in Garcia all hacked away at La Salle’s lead. Two triples by Romeo.5 percent. but La Salle failed to find the bottom of the ring in the last two and a half minutes. 15-38) as compared to their Taft counterparts (35. three rebounds. while making two of six attempts from downtown. and three blocks. Perkins followed suit with 10 points and 12 rebounds. 11 rebounds. 83-79. Both teams put out almost equal efforts on rebounds. 52-51 in favor of La Salle. A turnaround jumper by Romeo widened the gap to three points. and a putback by Mac Belo finally swung the lead the Tams’ way. with the former registering 25 points. 58-54. and shot a better percentage (39. a three-point play by Belo. as the team made only 13 out of 26 (50 percent). After Belo scored on a stab inside. a short stab by Van Opstal. as the Tams’ effort sued for an extra five minutes. while Teng added two points off free throws. The green and white slowly caught up. 75-73. and three assists. while the latter notched 20 points. featuring six lead changes over the last four minutes until a triple by Perkins and a basket by Teng made it a two-possession ballgame heading to the fourth. 13-37). forcing Teng to take free throws and jump shots. 62-54. 15 rebounds and four assists. upping the lead to eight points. but the Archers converted six points off the free throw line (6-9). while Vosotros missed the two most crucial free throws of the game.

Reyes 0.Scoring: FEU – Romeo 25. Torres 4. Pogoy 9. Tampus 0. Bolick 0 Quarter scoring: 17-21. Torres 0. Cruz 4. Hargrove 4. 35-34. Montalbo 0. Belo 10. Van Opstal 20. 75-75. De La Paz 9. 83-79 . Mendoza 2. Revilla 3. Vostros 8. Perkins 10. Sentcheu 0 DLSU – Teng 25. Jose 1. Garcia 19. 54-58. Tolomia 9.

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