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LaKazTaMa
06-08-2013, 07:28 AM
Far Eastern University and University of the East square off in the first game at 2 p.m. after the traditional opening ceremony that in the past has become an event in itself.

Meanwhile, five-time defending champion Ateneo open its campaign against National University the next day, June 30, and face fierce archrival De La Salle for the first time this season on July 7 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Tickets for the Ateneo-La Salle match will be sold separately from the playdate's first game set 11 a.m. between University of the Philippines and FEU.

Meanwhile, last season’s finalists Ateneo and UST will square off in the final day of the eliminations on July 28 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in another marquee match-up.

In the first round, nine playdates will be played at the MOA Arena, while five will be held at The Big Dome.

The second round will begin on August 14 after the league takes a break to give way to the country’s hosting of the Fiba-Asia championship to be played August 1 to 11 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Meanwhile, UAAP secretary treasurer Malou Isip said Joaquin ‘Chito’ Loyzaga has been formally appointed the league's new commissioner on Wednesday, replacing Ato Badolato.

Loyzaga, a former PBA star who spent his best years with Robert Jaworski’s Ginebra squad in the eighties and nineties, was a former commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission before assuming the post.

He was also a former commissioner of the Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA).

The complete first-round schedule is as follows (First game and second game at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., unless stated):

June 29 (MOA Arena) – *FEU vs. UE; DLSU vs. UST

June 30 (MOA Arena)—Adamson vs. UP; Ateneo vs. NU

July 3 (MOA Arena) – UP vs. DLSU; FEU vs. Ateneo

July 6 (Araneta Coliseum) – NU vs. UE; UST vs. Adamson

July 7 (MOA Arena) – UP vs. FEU (11 a.m.); Ateneo vs. DLSU (3:30 p.m.)

July 10 (Araneta Coliseum) – UE vs. Adamson; NU vs. UST

July 13 (MOA Arena) – UST vs. UE; DLSU vs. FEU

July 14 (MOA Arena) – NU vs. UP; Adamson vs. Ateneo

July 17 (MOA Arena) – Ateneo vs. UE; FEU vs. NU

July 20 (MOA Arena) – UE vs. DLSU; NU vs. Adamson

July 21 (MOA Arena) – UP vs. Ateneo; UST vs. FEU

July 24 (Araneta Coliseum) – UP vs. UST; Adamson vs. DLSU

July 27 (Araneta Coliseum) – UE vs. UP; DLSU vs. NU

July 30 (Araneta Coliseum) – FEU vs. Adamson; Ateneo vs. UST

LaKazTaMa
06-08-2013, 07:35 AM
New commissioner Loyzaga to go hi-tech in bid to improve officiating in UAAP
By Reuben Terrado

June 07, 2013, 07:39 pm


New commissioner Chito Loyzaga believes now is the time to raise the standards of the league since the UAAP has reached unprecedented heights in terms of popularity and reach.

NEWLY-APPOINTED UAAP basketball commissioner Chito Loyzaga's primary goal is to uplift the standards of officiating in the collegiate league with the use of technology and other innovations during the course of the season.

Loyzaga, who had a brief stint as commissioner of the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA), believes now is the time to raise the standards of the league since the UAAP has reached unprecedented heights in terms of popularity and reach.

“I think it’s about time to lift the standards of the league,” Loyzaga told Spin.ph. “I think the league has come to a point where in terms of popularity and following, it has a bigger responsibility now not only to the sporting community but to the school community and to the public that is following.

“If you want to maintain that popularity, then you have to lift the standards of its operation. It’s no one particular entity, it’s the UAAP, its partners and stakeholders,” he added.

One aspect the former Ginebra star is zeroing in is officiating, which he hopes to improve with a closer monitoring of the referees and the action on court with the installation of several cameras covering different angles of the playing floor.

Loyzaga also plans to set up a war room where he plans to watch the action from several TV monitors during games.

“I requested to have a corresponding number of monitors para nasusubaybayan ‘yung lahat ng angles to have a wider scope pagdating sa reviewing and replays," said the former Philippine Sports Commission commissioner.

“It will not just be good for the commissioner to check on any unsportsmanlike behavior from players, coaches, and officials. It will also give me an opportunity to evaluate my referees as well whether they are in a proper position to make a call, whether he is late or maybe give the other referee the priority to call,” Loyzaga said.

Loyzaga clarified that the use of more monitors are not meant to overrule any call during the course of a game.

“It gives us an opportunity to evaluate but not necessarily to overrule a call. We are not there to overrule a call,” Loyzaga said while stressing that his recommendations are still be up for approval by the UAAP board in consultation with its broadcast partner ABS-CBN.

“I believe that by sitting in a room having more angles (to look at), I will be more helpful than me sitting there in one corner. I will be more helpful if I’m in that position,” Loyzaga said.

Loyzaga said that referees from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas pool will continue to officiate the games. He also has no plans of recommending any rule changes and will retain Season 75 commissioner Ato Badolato along with his staff from last year as his deputies.

LaKazTaMa
06-16-2013, 05:52 AM
Suspension lifted, enigmatic Romeo back to boost Tamaraws' UAAP quest
By Reuben Terrado

June 14, 2013, 06:41 pm
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FEU backcourt star Terrence Romeo was meted with a disciplinary action by the team for arriving late for one of the school's games in the Filoil preseason tournament.

TERRENCE Romeo has been reinstated in the roster of Far Eastern University after being slapped with an indefinite suspension by the team during the preseason.

Head coach Nash Racela confirmed the suspension on Romeo has been lifted as the combo guard already played with the Tamaraws in their last three tune-up matches after failing to suit up for the final few games of the team in the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup.

“He is responding positively to the suspension,” Racela shared to Spin.ph.

Romeo, one of the Tamaraws’ primary scorers who was a member of the Mythical Five selection in 2011, was meted with a disciplinary action by the team for arriving late for one of the school's games in the Filoil tournament.

With the return of Romeo, Racela said the team can now focus on its preparations for the UAAP men’s basketball tournament, with less than three weeks remaining before Season 76 unfurls on June 29.

“We can now focus on building relationships now that we are complete,” said the FEU rookie mentor.

Romeo’s comeback should be a big boost for the Tamaraws, who lost center Russel Escoto for the coming season after he suffered an ACL injury during his D-League stint.

The Tamaraws remain one of the teams with a solid backcourt following the reinstatement of Romeo, who will continue to play alongside equally-talented point guard RR Garcia, a member of the Gilas cadet pool who will be playing in his fifth and final year with the Morayta-based school.

With their sights set on a Final Four return, the Tamaraws open the season against newly-crowned Filoil champion University of the East Warriors.

LaKazTaMa
06-16-2013, 08:08 AM
Pre - UAAP Season 76 (A.Y. 2013–14) Team Rosters The Tamaraws Basketball Team Roster

No. Name Position Height Playing Year HS Year Grade School

4 Carl Bryan V. Cruz SF 6' 3" 185 lbs. Final Year Faith Christian Academy

5 Christian S. Sentcheu C 6' 10" 210 lbs. 3rd Douala Cameroon

6 Raymar A. Jose PF 6' 4" 185 lbs. 2nd Arellano University

7 Terrence Bill V. Romeo PG/SG 5' 11" 165 lbs. 4th FEU-Diliman

8 Ryan Roose B. Garcia PG/SG 5' 11" 165 lbs. 5th Southern City Colleges

9 Gryann C. Mendoza SG 6' 1" 175 lbs. Final Year University of Mindanao

10 Joshua Dave R. Aguilon SG 5' 9" 145 lbs. Rookie FEU–Diliman

11 Jeson F. Delfinado SF 5' 11" 155 lbs. Rookie FEU–Diliman

12 Rey Mark G. Belo SF 6' 3" 185 lbs. 2nd Saint Mary's Academy of Midsayap

13 Cris Michael S. Tolomia SG 5' 11" 165 lbs. 3rd FEU–Diliman

15 Anthony R. Hargrove, Jr. C 6' 6" 210 lbs. 4th-Trf Pius X HS - Pennsylvania USA

16 Roger Ray B. Pogoy SF 6' 3" 185 lbs. 3rd University of Cebu

17 Russel D. Escoto C 6' 6" 200 lbs. 3rd FEU-Diliman

18 Alejandrino Antonio SC. Iņigo, Jr. PG 5' 8" 145 lbs. 2nd Colegio de San Juan de Letran

20 Joel Christian Lee Yu SG Rookie FEU-Diliman

21 Jovanie A. Luz Jr. PG 1st FEU-Diliman

27 Ron Marvis Dennison SG 1st University of the Visayas

Augus Vince Denila PG Rookie Ateneo de Iloilo



Coaching staff Head Coach: Raoul Cesar "Nash" Racela
Assistant Coaches:
Joshua Reyes
Eric Gonzales
Johnny Abarrientos
Team Staff

Team Manager: Antonio "Anton" Montinola
Athletic Director: Mark Oliver Molina

Joescoundrel
06-16-2013, 10:30 AM
FEU star sinks game-winning three pointer to lead Tams to Mayor Mike Rama Invt’l title

By Jonas Panerio

Cebu Daily News

6:27 am | Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Games today:

Cebu Coliseum

4 p.m. – Mapua vs. FEU

6 p.m. SWU vs. UV

Terrence Romeo showed Cebuano basketball fans why he’s one of the best collegiate players in the land as he sank an improbable three pointer with a second remaining in overtime to lift the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws to a 79-78 win over the Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras and capture the championship in the Mayor Mike Rama Collegiate Invitational last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Down one with just seconds remaining, Romeo trotted upcourt, stepped back and sank a high-looping three pointer over SWU’s Adam Mohammed with a second remaining. With no timeouts left, Mark Jayven Tallo was forced to throw up a hail mary that missed at the buzzer, giving FEU the victory.

Romeo, arguably the most popular player in the UAAP, topped the Tams with 18 while Mike Tolomia added 16. Gryann Mendoza and Mark Belo added 15 each.

SWU got 26 from Landry Sanjo while Tallo added 18.

It was a sorry loss for the Cobras, who appeared to be on the verge of upsetting the Tams as they led 78-74 after a three by Mohammed with 39 seconds remaining.

But they collapsed as they turned the ball over and fouled Belo, who made the freethrows to trim the deficit to two. Sanjo then missed his freebies on the other end but SWU still gained possession as the ensuing looseball scramble ended up in a jumpball.

However SWU still lost the ball as its inbound play went out of bounds leading to Romeo’s heroic possession.

The first game saw the University of the Visayas get past Mapua, 74-69, behind the go-ahead three pointer of John Abad with 29 seconds remaining.

Even if FEU loses to Mapua and SWU wins against UV today that will lead to a tie at the top with 2-1 (win-loss) records, the Tams will still emerge champions because they already beat the Cobras.

LaKazTaMa
06-25-2013, 01:29 PM
THE UAAP on Monday released the official roster for the men’s basketball competitions of Season 76 starting Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

All schools used the full 16 slots allowed in each line-up except for De La Salle, which only listed 13 players following the departure of Philip Paredes and the season-ending ACL injury suffered by Yutien Andrada.

Like Andrada, Far Eastern University center Russel Escoto is also not part of the Tamaraws’ line-up owing to the same injury.

Below is the complete UAAP roster of the eight member schools.

ADAMSON – Gian Lloyd Abrigo, Michael Angelo Agustin, Matthew Bernabe, John Rodney Brondial, Eric Matthew Cabigas, Roider Ross Cabrera, Jericho Xavier Cruz, Jerome Garcia, Alejandrino Antonio Inigo, Ar-raouf Julkipli, Ryan Christopher Monteclaro, Dawn Hnyric Ochea, Harry Petilos, Jansen Rios, Ingrid Sewa, Celedonio Trollano Jr.

ATENEO – Antonio Rafael Asistio, Francesco Wilfredo Asuncion, Gideon Ira Babilonia, Ryan Clarence Buenafe, Gwyne Matthew Capacio, Juan Nicholas Elorde, Ivan Angelo Enriquez, John Paul Erram, Frank Golla, Isaac Jules Lim, Peter Amiel Murphy, Christopher Elijah Newsome, Von Rolfe Pessumal, Kiefer Isaac Ravena, Juan Miguel Tiongson, Manuel Vicente Tolentino

DE LA SALLE – Robert Lee Bolick Jr., Luis Alfonso De La Paz, Kirell Brahndon Montalbo, Jason Andre Perkins, Luis Alfonso Revilla, Gabriel Reyes, Matthew David Salem, Jarelan Tampus, Jeron Teng, Thomas Christopher Torres, Norbert Brian Torres, Arnold Raymund Van Opstal, Almond Vosotros

FEU – Joshua Dave Aguilon, Rey Mark Belo, Carl Bryan Cruz, Jeson Delfinado, Ron Marvis Dennison, Ryan Roose Garcia, Anthony Hargrove Jr., Alejandro Antonio Inigo Jr., Raymar Jose, Joel Christian Lee Yu, Jovanie Luz Jr., Gryann Mendoza, Roger Ray Pogoy, Terrence Bill Romeo, Christian Sentcheu, Cris Michael Tolomia

NU – Rodolfo Alejandro III, Joshua Angelo Alolino, Mark Joel De Guzman, Alfredo Dong Aroga, Nico Paolo Javelona, Joeffrey Javillonar, Glenn Khobuntin, Cedrick Labing-isa, Emmanuel Mbe, Kyle Drexler Neypes, Bobby Ray Parks, Tristan Perez, William Maurice Porter III, Robin Rono, Jeth Troy Rosario, Lee Dennice Villamor

UE – Dan Irvin Alberto, Lord Howier Casajeros, Jairold Flores, Pedrito Galanza, Leo Guion, Ivan Jeric Hernandez, Christopher Joyce Javier, Gino Jumao-as, Charles Mammie, John Michael Noble, Ralf Olivares, Luis Adrian Vinci Pujante, Adrian Santos, Shej Roi Sumang, Jhon Rey Sumido

UP – Agustin Amar Jr., Renzar Asilum, Matthew Ball, Andres Paul Desiderio, Joseph Ray Gallarza, Moriah Joel Gingerich, Andrew Michael Harris, Kyles Lao, Jason Ligad, Samuel Joseph Marata, Andre Alonzo Paras, Martin Javier Pascual, Miguel Antonio Reyes, Raul Soyud, Janus Kyle Suarez, Julius Paul Wong.

UST – Karim Abdul, Clark Daniel Bautista, Eduardo Daquioag Jr., Jeepy Faundo, Kevin Ferrer, Robert Hainga, Kent Jefferson Lao, Kim Kaizen Lao, Jan Cornelius Macasaet, Edcor Marata Jr., Aljon Mariano, Paulo Lorenzo Pe, Sheak Sheriff Jr., Brian James So, Robin Allen Tan, Jeric Allen Teng

LaKazTaMa
06-25-2013, 01:42 PM
FEU seeks Final Four return with new coach
By Anthony Divinagracia Posted Jun 24th 2013


RR Garcia and the rest of the FEU Tamaraws hope to make a return trip to the Final Four this season after missing it in 2012.

Under the goal and behind the halfcourt line, Nash Racela routinely stood – and stooped – with prying eyes.

Like a pendulum, Far Eastern University’s (FEU) new mentor restlessly swung from one drill cone to another. But his sight remained fixed on a mash-up of green and gold as Terrence Romeo dusted everyone and stretched for a lay-in.

And RR Garcia?

He stretched himself too – on the sidelines.

“R, saan masakit?”, asks the team therapist. “Na-sprain ka yata pre.”

Sure, Racela is concerned. Yet optimism kept him posted under the goal.

“Babalik ‘yan,” he exclaims.

In a jiffy, Garcia – hobbling and all – sprinted back to practice.

“Upo muna ‘yung group ni Terrence,” assistant coach Eric Gonzales barks out.

With Romeo in the freezer, Garcia began heating up – scoring and orchestrating just like the good old times.

Reintroduced to the floor, Romeo immediately pulled up a jumper off his killer crossover.

But Racela was hardly impressed.

“We always say FEU really needs to learn how to play as one team. This is a team of very talented players but they are too individualistic,” he says, underscoring the Tamaraws’ long-drawn open secret.

Frankly enough, Racela has no business keeping this “secret” clipped on his playbook when the Tamaraws do battle in Season 76.

“(Individual talent) can bring you to a certain level. But it can't bring you all the way to the Promised Land, to the championship. Alam ng bawat isa ‘yan sa amin.”

Case in point: their make-or-break games last season.

Garcia drew cheers for sinking a last-gasp lay-up that pushed FEU to a wild 77-75 victory over National University (NU) in the second round. But the outcome was later nullified and a rematch was set. FEU lost as both Garcia and Romeo disconnected themselves from the Tamaraws in the crucial moments, throwing bricks on all fours.

Enlisting hindsight, pundits blamed the 2010 UAAP MVP for not dishing off to a streaking Anthony Hargrove near the goal with two ticks left in their aborted win over NU. It was all downhill from there, noted former FEU coach Bert Flores, as the Tamaraws yielded the last Final Four berth to De La Salle University after losing in a playoff.

“The biggest challenge for us really is how to make this team play as a group. A team can have a go-to-guy of sorts. But that go-to-guy should not always look forward to just scoring. He should also do wonders even without the ball,” Racela said. “The good thing is we're conscious about it. It's out in the open. We’re talking about it and addressing it now.”

Notably last season, the Tamaraws were second in turnovers (14.4 per game), sixth in assists (13.7 per game), and seventh in freethrow shooting (60.1 percent).

Yet limiting turnovers, moving the ball to share the offensive wealth, and nailing charities are just half of the puzzle.

“Team defense! Team defense! Magtulungan kayo,” Gonzales yells as the Tamaraws rehearsed their transition and halfcourt defensive sets.

Once in a while, Racela breaks the routine to explain “why we are doing this”, packed with a little backstory.

“Guys, first quarter kahapon 11 fouls agad tayo. Kada sundot laging may foul. We won’t last the game if we don’t play honest team defense.”



Culture change

Teamwork aside, Racela sees another formidable weapon at the Tamaraws’ disposal.

“We should really take advantage of our quickness. We have good guards who can run the break. But then again it’s nothing if we don't involve everyone in the team.”

FEU’s quickness predicated on its guards though may not be enough to shore up its thin frontline with the departure of Arvie and Mark Bringas, John Foronda, and Russel Escoto, who suffered an ACL injury in the PBA D-League.

“Basically those who came in are not that big and are more used to playing in the perimeter. So, we're gonna rely on players who didn't actually see action last year,” Racela says, referring to 6’11” Cameroonian reserve Christian Sentcheu and forward Raymar Jose.

“Our height problems should be covered up by the others. Everyone should step up.”

Garcia and Romeo will again banner the Tamaraws alongside returnees Roger Pogoy, Mike Tolomia, Carl Cruz, Gryann Mendoza, Mark Bello, Sentcheu, Jose, and Hargrove among others. Making up FEU’s rookie class this season are former Baby Tams Joshua Aguilon, Jeson Delfinado, and Joel Lee-Yu, Iloilo standout Josh Denila, and Team B recruits Giovanni Luz and Ron Marvic Dennison.

Racela has also beefed up his coaching staff, tapping Gilas Pilipinas assistant Josh Reyes, and Talk n’ Text forward Gilbert Lao to join holdovers Johnny Abbarientos and Johnny de Guia in the sidelines.

More than calling the shots, Racela looks to install a “culture change” among the Tamaraws this season.

“I want them to break the old habits. In may come simply as following the rules like not going out of the dorm in the wee hours of the night.

“It’s a culture change not only on the court but more so outside of it. Once you improve on that, it will show on the basketball court.”

Defending five-peat champion Ateneo de Manila University remains high on the list of teams to beat for the rebuilding Tamaraws.

“They may be smaller this season but they're already a team. The culture that coach Norman (Black) has left is already in place. All coach Bo (Perasol) should do is coach. Wala kang masyadong kailangang baguhin. All you have to do is introduce your system tapos tatakbo na yan.”

NU has better players surrounding two-time MVP Bobby Ray Parks, notably a dominant import in Alfred Aroga who can play solid ball for 40 minutes, Racela says.

FEU is also in the lookout for La Salle and Adamson which shored up their rosters, as well as University of the East for winning the Filoil tournament, and Season 75 runner-up University of Santo Tomas “because of its experience.”

Prior to the season, six of the Tamaraws suited up for Fruitas Shakers in the D-League under Racela. The Tamaraws also joined the Filoil and won a pocket tournament in Cebu.

Despite a relatively short pre-season build up, the new FEU tactician made one thing clear.

“We will win as much as we can and hopefully make it to the Final Four and we'll see from thereon. Once you’re in, ibang usapan na yun. We're after the improvement as we went along. It’s a work in progress.

"Ang mahalaga may nababago kahit pakonti-konti,” he says. “We're happy with the progress although it’s kind of slow.

“But I think we're geared towards the right direction.”

And definitely for Racela, it’s not under the goal.

LaKazTaMa
06-25-2013, 01:46 PM
Sweeter the 2nd time around: CSRs return for UE, UP, FEU and Ateneo
By Josiah Albelda Posted Jun 22nd 2013


Four ladies are returning as courtside reporters for their respective teams in UAAP Season 76.

If there's one UAAP reporter who badly fell in love with the school she is reporting for, it has to be Katz Salao.

Now a graduating journalism student at the University of the Philippines, Salao has embraced the University of the East like she is a true-blue Red Warrior.

"No doubt I'm a Red Warrior," she said. "UE welcomed me to their family. I grew with them over the past year."

After the Warriors' surprise run to the FilOil championship, Salao is very excited about the Recto-based squad's chances in Season 76.

"Na-touch ako with coach Boysie (Zamar)," the 23-year-old said. "He only wants respect for UE and I want to help them get that respect. I want to be part of that."

And with the new season just a few days away, Salao can't wait for action to begin.

"You know when something amazing is about to happen and no one is looking at it," she giddily shared. "I wanna watch people get amazed at what UE will bring to the table. I'm really looking forward to it."

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"UP deserves to be represented as well as any other team."

There really is not much reason for Bea Fabregas to do another go-around as the Fighting Maroons' courtside reporter for another year. After all, UP just won once in 14 outings.

And with eight seniors graduating and a few vital cogs quitting the team or being ruled out due to injury, focusing on her career as a radio DJ could have been the easier road to take for Fabregas.

But she would have none of that, as the Iskolar ng Bayan decided that the boys in maroon should be given the trust and support like any other UAAP team receives.

"People think that just because they had a bad record, they shouldn't be represented well already," she said with a tinge of disappointment. "But I want to represent UP the best way that I can."

Now armed with more confidence and experience, Fabregas hopes that her growth as a courtside reporter will coincide with a team parading at least seven rookies this season.

"I am so excited for the freshmen," she added. "I can see a whole new level of competitions. All the teams are gonna step up and that's what would make Season 76 a lot different."

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Judy Saril didn't expect to return for a second season reporting for Far Eastern University.

But when she got informed that she would be back to do courtside chores for the Tamaraws, Saril almost cried of happiness.

"I was really praying and hoping (that I get picked again)," she said. "I really wanted to come back because I had so much fun last year."

Saril would never forget Season 75, as her FEU crew missed the Final Four for the first time in many years after enduring a dramatic tournament filled with ups, downs and, well, saliva.

Despite the debacle that was 2012, Saril is optimistic this season.

"I'm hoping that we make it to the Final Four this time," she shared. "We have a new coach and kaunti lang time to prepare. But we are very positive."

LaKazTaMa
06-25-2013, 05:26 PM
UE, NU emerge as early favorites to win UAAP – coaches
Job B. de LeonJune 25, 2013 2:58pm


Tags: University of the East Red Warriors , UP Fighting Maroons

The eight UAAP coaches line up during the introductory press conference for Season 76.

If there's one thing the UAAP coaches agree on heading into Season 76, it's this, that the fight for the throne is a wide open race.

"It will be an exciting season. Any team can beat any team," said Adamson Falcons head coach Leo Austria, at the league press conference, Tuesday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Adamson University is hosting the tournament this year.

"I'm excited and nervous because I have a chance to win a championship, but any team can beat our team. A lot of teams have emerged as contenders," noted Austria, saying that chief among them are the National University Bulldogs and the University of the East Red Warriors, the finalists of the recently concluded FilOil Cup.

"NU are designed to win a championship. But we will never know [until we play] who is the best team in the UAAP."

The Bulldogs and the Warriors were also touted by all the other coaches as favorites to win the men's basketball tournament. But for their part, UE's coach Boysie Zamar said the praises don't mean anything to him yet.

"For us to be included as a contender, we're flattered, but we should never be contented. Everybody can do it [this year]," said Zamar. "You have to come back to reality. The UAAP is just about to begin this coming Saturday."

Coach Eric Altamirano deflected the praise but said he was grateful for being tagged as a team to beat. "Like I told the boys, I think we have to embrace it. If there's a year we can do it, it's this year," he said.

"I'm humble since we're tagged as a team to beat but we haven't been to the [UAAP] finals yet. I hope that tag can translate into wins, pero hindi. We still have to prove ourselves."

Altamirano, meanwhile, specifically called out the UST Growling Tigers as one of the more silent but deadly teams. "Kapag preseason tahimik lang yan," he said, addressing their head coach Pido Jarencio. "Pero sa season nakikita mo yung pagka-Tiger niyan."

The usually boisterous Tigers mentor himself said little, but promised that his team, after coming off a PCCL championship and a UAAP Finals appearance, shouldn't be ignored. "Box office kami this coming season. UST, una sa takilya," he said.

Ateneo remains a contender

Austria also cautioned that amidst the new forces emerging, the league's five-time defending champions remain a force to reckon with. "We cannot discount Ateneo. They're very dangerous. Even without their big men, they're hard to beat.

"Ateneo is a tough team to beat. We saw them play in the preseason and we expect them to play their winning ways," chimed in Altamirano. "Maybe they lack some depth this season but you expect all their players to play their best."

Ateneo head coach Bo Perasol countered that Austria's Falcons were going to turn heads as well. "I agree with Coach Leo [that NU and UE are contenders], but he's trying to underplay his chances," jibed the former PBA head coach of the Powerade Tigers. "But he's right; every team has the chance to contend this season."

Perasol said that he's okay with his team being tagged as an underdog, even if it's something that he says the Ateneo community hasn't experienced in a while. "I don't know if mahihigitan ko pa yung naging accomplishments ng pinalitan ko na coach. But what I can bring to the table is make my team right now understand that despite the odds, they can still win.

"As far as the wellness of my team is concerned, if we can be 100 percent healthy this season I think we can defend the crown with this team," he said.

Wait and see

Like Zamar and Alamirano, other coaches were more conservative with their assessments of themselves despite drawing praise.

"It's going to be hard to say who the best teams are going to be. Maybe we can make an assessment after the first round," said La Salle's new head coach Juno Sauler. He added that in the three weeks since he took over the reins from Gee Abanilla, his team has had to practice twice a day to implement his adjustments.

Fellow rookie head coach Nash Racela of the FEU Tamaraws also said that for now, his goals for his team were more modest. "Sa end namin we're just happy with our development," he said. "Importante lang we're taking the right steps in the right direction. We'll take it a game at a time, and we'll see what happens.

"I'm happy we're not ranked in the top two or three. It releases all the pressure, actually," said Racela, noting that performances in practice won't accurately gauge game-time performance.

"It remains to be seen," he said of the Tamaraws' play and what he brings to the table as their new mentor. "Siguro it's better na rin yung game namin yung magpapakita."

It went unsaid that expectations were not high for the UP Fighting Maroons, but head coach Ricky Dandan promised to keep things competitive on their end.

"I don't think anybody will disagree with me when I say we're the underdogs," he said. "But we've taken the attitude that every game we play will be against highly rated teams. And we look at every team as teams we need to beat and we want to beat.

"I think you call will agree with me that the fighting is back in the Maroons," he added. "Half of our team is new, and that's what keeps the UP community excited."

Tighter league monitoring

New commissioner Chito Loyzaga told the press that there would be no new changes with league rules. He revealed however that he has been lobbying for innovations to the UAAP board, particularly for tools to help his technical committee.

"What we're trying to do now, which I'm recommending to the board, is to have additional cameras for the use of the technical group to monitor unsportsmanlike behavior of the players, coaching staff and officials," he said. "It'll also be an opportunity to monitor the performance of the referees so we can make the necessary adjustments.

"It's nothing radical, but just to perhaps extend some assistance to the commissioner and his technical staff."

UAAP season 76 officially opens on Saturday, June 29, at 12pm at the Mall of Asia Arena. - AMD, GMA News

LaKazTaMa
06-25-2013, 05:31 PM
Nip-and-tuck UAAP Season 76 gets going Saturday
By Mark Giongco
INQUIRER.net
2:52 pm | Tuesday, June 25th, 2013


MANILA, Philippines – Expect a tight race for the men’s basketball tournament title in the 76th Season of the UAAP which opens this Saturday.

From veteran coaches Leo Austria of Adamson and Pido Jarencio of University of Santo Tomas to rookie mentors Nash Racela of Far Eastern University, Juno Sauler of De La Salle and Bo Perasol of Ateneo with a level playing field this year, any team can beat anybody.

“This Season 76 will be an exciting season. Any team can beat any team. I’m excited because my team has the opportunity to win the title and at the same time I’m nervous because any team can beat us,” said Austria, who is in his seventh year as coach, during the league’s press conference Tuesday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

“It’s going to be an exciting year. The teams are balanced,” echoed Sauler, who replaced Gee Abanilla in the sidelines just recently.

The coaches though are varied on which teams are this year’s top contenders.

“Every team can contend but the two strongest teams are NU and UE,” cited Perasol, whose squad is gunning for its sixth straight crown. “But we cannot discount the fact that La Salle is lurking behind us.”

National University head coach Eric Altamirano, on the other hand, said that the team to watch out for is UST.

Altamirano also expects Ateneo to be a tough matchup despite its lack of depth.

University of the Philippines’ Ricky Dandan considers his rookie-laden team as heavy underdogs while University of the East went from underrated to formidable after a championship run in the preseason.

“I don’t think anybody in this venue will disagree that we are the underdogs… The fighting is back with the Maroons. Relatively, we will be the youngest team if not the youngest team in the league and that makes the community excited,” said Dandan.

“For us to be included as a contender here, we are flattered but we shouldn’t be contented. Everybody can do it. I think the bottom line is in reality, seventh place lang ang UE [last year],” UE coach Boycie Zamar said.

Season 76 unfolds at the Mall of Asia Arena with a pair of key matches with preseason favorite University of the East clashing with Far Eastern University in the opener at 2 p.m. after an elaborate opening ceremony.

The main game features last year’s finalist UST against a beefed up La Salle side at 4 p.m.

LaKazTaMa
06-26-2013, 08:36 PM
UAAP 76 Preview (Part 1): Wide open race
By Jason Inocencio
Posted at 06/26/2013 5:36 PM | Updated as of 06/26/2013 5:36 PM

With the 76th University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) seniors men’s basketball tournament all set to unfold this Saturday, the field is probably the most wide open it has been in years. There is no clear powerhouse unlike the past few seasons when the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles loomed large over the other seven member teams.

Before hostilities begin, let’s see how the changes in the individual rosters have either bolstered or hurt the competing squads.

Revamped Maroons… again

The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons had another disappointing campaign in 2012 when they finished with one win and 13 losses. Coach Ricky Dandan had the requisite undersized team with Chris Ball and Raul Soyud forced to play center. With former UAAP Rookie of the Year Jett Manuel sitting out Season 76 to concentrate on his studies and with Alvin Padilla, Mark Lopez, and Alinko Mbah using up their years of eligibility, it will almost be a completely new lineup for UP.

However, former star point guard Mikee Reyes is making a return, and former De La Salle Green Archer Tata Marata has come back to where he played his high school ball, in the heart of Diliman. Former Xavier School gunner Kyles Lao and the son of former Maroon great Benjie Paras, Andre, are also donning UP colors now.

The question now is, can Dandan finally lift the Maroons from the UAAP cellar or will the UP faithful once again be left with nothing but the Cheerdance Competition to wait for?

New Falcon feathers

After barging into the Final Four in 2011 and handing Ateneo its only loss that year, Coach Leo Austria’s Adamson University Soaring Falcons had high hopes in Season 75. A season-ending injury to Alex Nuyles ended any aspirations, however, and the San Marcelino-based quintet was forced to accelerate Jericho Cruz’s ascendancy as new leader of the team. Versatile power forward Eric Camson is also gone, leaving Rodney Brondial to man the paint.

The good news for the Falcons is that African recruit Ingrid Sewa has joined the lineup, but this development has often left Brondial lost during the pre-season tournaments. Roider Cabrera needs to be more consistent (and discerning) when shooting threes, otherwise it will be a long and painful season for Austria and his wards.

As hosts of Season 75, there will be additional pressure for Adamson to do well, and Austria’s recent win for San Miguel Beer in the Asian Basketball League has made the Falcons’ head man a hot commodity in local coaching circles.

Red Warriors on the rise

Perhaps no team has moved up in people’s standings more drastically from last season to this than the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors. When Coach Boysie Zamar returned to the UE bench to replace former teammate Jerry Codiņera, it didn’t take long for the veteran mentor to bring some new life and vigor to the Red Army. Chris Javier nailed back-to-back game winners over UP and Ateneo to give the Warriors hope entering Season 76.

Their recent win of the Fil-Oil Flying V Preseason Tournament only helped boost UE’s hopes even more as they hope to return to the UAAP Finals for the first time since 2009. With Roi Sumang entering the argument for “Best point guard in college basketball today” and improvements from Javier and Adi Santos, the addition of trashtalking Sierra Leonean center Charles Mammie is expected to bolster UE’s frontline even more.

Tempering the Tamaraws

The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws are used to winning, or at least competing for the UAAP title every single season. It was therefore strange for the Morayta-based powerhouse to sit at home during last year’s Final Four, especially after going to two straight UAAP Finals.

Gone is Bert Flores from the helm, and now leading the charge is Talk ‘N Text assistant coach Nash Racela. This early, Racela has already enforced discipline on the Tamaraws, suspending gunner Terrence Romeo for a few games in the pre-season for conduct detrimental to the team.

There have been many times in the past few years when people have wondered loudly if Romeo can co-exist with former MVP RR Garcia and Mike Tolomia in the explosive FEU backcourt. Neither of the Bringas brothers remain on the FEU roster, but Christian Sentcheu and Anthony Hargrove will still be providing intimidation to anyone who dares to drive down the lane.

The hiring of Racela was a move to corral the wildness of the Tams on the court, thus anything less than a Final Four appearance will probably be viewed as a failure

LaKazTaMa
06-26-2013, 08:45 PM
Far Eastern University Tamaraws

Season 75 record: 9-5, fifth place

Key losses: Arvie Bringas (C), Mark Bringas (PF), Russel Escoto (PF)

Key additions: Joshua Aguilon (SG), Jeson Delfinado (SF), Jovannie Luz (PG), Joel Lee Yu (SG), Ron Dennison (SG)

In RR Garcia's final year, the Tams are hoping are return to the Final Four is in the books. Season 75 moment: During their second-round elimination game versus National University, league officials negated a game-winning lay-up by RR Garcia and then called for a do-over of the entire match. The Bulldogs went on to win the replay, effectively snagging the fourth seed and leaving the Tamaraws out of the Final Four.

Season 76 situation: The Tams have been difficult to read during the preseason, but suffice to say, this is the weakest incarnation of the Tamaraws since their post-Arwind Santos rebuilding season. More concerning is that their new additions look less like backcourt rotation pieces (that’s set with RR Garcia, Terrence Romeo and Mike Tolomia) and more like a year-long tryout for the King Tamaraw Garcia's spot when he graduates after this season.

The Tamaraws are practically a doughnut team now, too. It’s up to Bryan Cruz and Anthony Hargrove to hold down the paint, and neither of them are known for any defensive skill. If Christian Sentcheu can avoid foul trouble, he could also be valuable on defense during short intervals, but that’s about it. Otherwise, it’s the same perimeter-oriented attack with Mac Belo and Roger Pogoy hustling for points and doing the little things that matter. Any team with either Romeo or Garcia makes it exciting. Whether it’s enough to win games in a more competitive league like this, it’s hard to say. - AMD, GMA News

LaKazTaMa
06-26-2013, 08:56 PM
Commish Chito: Extra cams help monitor refs
By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) | Updated June 26, 2013 - 12:00am
JOEY MENDOZA JR.

MANILA, Philippines - Commissioner Chito Loyzaga yesterday vowed to implement basketball rules “properly and strictly” in the coming UAAP Season 76 cage tournament and batted for “innovations” to get technical officials better equipped to monitor and assess officiating as well as players and coaches’ behavior.

“Nothing has been changed as far as the rules are concerned. It will be the same but what we’ll basically do is implement all the rules properly and strictly,” Loyzaga said during yesterday’s press launch.

The UAAP follows Fiba rules. Tapped to enforce them for the cage hostilities that begin on Saturday at the MOA Arena is the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ referees pool.

Loyzaga, the former PBA star who once served as commissioner of the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA), said he has recommended the installation of extra cameras every game to monitor officiating and actions of the teams.

To be set up near the two baskets and center court, these cameras will be solely for the UAAP commissioner’s office and technical group’s use and separate from the cameras deployed by ABS-CBN for the games’ broadcast, said Loyzaga.

“What we’re trying to do now and recommending to the board is to have additional cameras for the use of the technical group, just for us perhaps to monitor more the unsportsmanlike behavior not just of players and coaching staff but perhaps even officials when they’re on the floor,” he explained.

Sportshub ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 “On top of this, it will also give us the opportunity to look and monitor the performance of referees, whether they’re in the right position to make a call, so we can make necessary adjustments and assessment when we review all the tapes we have,” he added.

Loyzaga said there’s a greater need to improve officiating this year especially considering the wide open race the eight teams are expecting.

“This year, all the teams are quite even so it will really be an ever bigger task for the commissioner and technical group. I’m sure nobody wants to lose and everybody wants to win and it will make things harder for us. So we have made slight innovations and request some technical support for ourselves,” he said, adding the PBA itself is making use of additional cameras for its technical group

tamarawz_14
06-26-2013, 10:43 PM
eto na yata ang pinakamaliit na line up ng FEU in recent memory. unlikely sa program ng FEU na may long athletic forwards and centers, unlike manabat, castro, santos and ramos eras.. how could you imagine pogoy and belo will play the 4 spot, 2 and 3 regular position nila, then cruz is undersized PF and jose is too soft though we have hargrove and sentchu after them wala na, then maraming guards pa.. malamang run and gun most of the time ang tams ngayon.

LaKazTaMa
06-27-2013, 07:58 PM
Brod, partida na yan.. lol

LaKazTaMa
06-27-2013, 08:00 PM
@tamz_14 may ticket ka na ba para sa sabado?

LaKazTaMa
06-27-2013, 08:01 PM
UAAP Season 76 Preview: FEU Tamaraws
by Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 06/27/2013 10:09 AM | Updated as of 06/27/2013 10:11 AM

FEU's Mike Tolomia (13) rises for a jump shot against the UP Maroons in their FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup game. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines - The Far Eastern University Tamaraws were in the Final Four picture all throughout Season 75, but wound up on the outside looking in when all was said and done.

Season 75 Review:

The Tamaraws finished the elimination round with a 9-5 record, the same as those of the NU Bulldogs and the De La Salle Green Archers. The Tams wound up facing off against the Archers for the last slot in the Final Four, a game that saw them build a double-digit lead before succumbing to a late rally by La Salle. It was a disappointing finish for an FEU squad that was just coming off back-to-back appearances in the UAAP Finals.

Season 75 also saw the emergence of former Rookie of the Year Terrence Romeo, who averaged 18.9 points per game on his way to a berth in the Mythical Five.

Key losses: Russell Escoto (ACL injury), Mark Bringas, Arvie Bringas, Clarence Foronda

Key additions: Joshua Aguilon, Jesson Delfinado, Joel Lee Yu

Pre-season:

During the pre-season, the Tamaraws made more noise for what they did outside the court than off it. Anthony Hargrove, the Tams' athletic forward, was arrested for drug possession in February, and Terrence Romeo was briefly suspended as a disciplinary action during the FilOil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup.

On the court, the Tams were able to compile a 4-4 record but did not qualify to the quarter-finals of the pre-season tournament.

Coach Nash Racela will also make his UAAP debut this season after replacing Bert Flores as head coach.

In their own words:

"The biggest challenge is playing as one unit. FEU has been known to be individualistic. They have great talent, pero more as individuals lang. The greater challenge is to how to get guys like Terrence (Romeo), RR (Garcia) and (Mike) Tolomia to involve their teammates." -- Coach Nash Racela

Analysis:

There is no denying that the Tamaraws have the talent to compete. They have two players in Romeo and Garcia who are both capable of carrying a team to victory - and they have shown this in previous seasons. With other impact players like Tolomia, Hargrove, and Mark Bello, the Tamaraws, at least on paper, should contend for a slot in the Final Four. But the Tamaraws have been dogged by questions about their chemistry, specifically whether Garcia and Romeo can truly co-exist. If the two high-scoring guards can work on their chemistry and at the same time achieve Racela's goal of involving their teammates more on offense, the Tamaraws should be a dangerous team this season.

Season 76 line-up:

Aguilon, Joshua
Belo, Rey Mark
Cruz, Carl Bryan
Delfinado, Jeson
Denila, Augus Vince
Dennison, Ron Marvis
Garcia, Ryan
Hargrove, Anthony
Inigo, Alejandrino
Jose, Raymar
Lee Yu, Joel Christian
Luz, Jovanie
Mendoza, Gryann
Pogoy, Roger
Romeo, Terrence
Sentcheu, Chrisitan
Tolomia, Cris Michael

LaKazTaMa
06-27-2013, 08:11 PM
UAAP Coaches: Every team is a contender!
by Enzo Flojo
Thursday, 27 June 2013 3 Comments by JOSEF T. RAMOS

For this year’s 76th University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament, greatness will emerge starting on June 29.

De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas and National University are considered by many to challenge five-peat champion Ateneo De Manila University, but one cannot, must not, count out the University of the East, Far Eastern University, Adamson University, and University of the Philippines as well.

“All the teams are balance. That’s why I’m so excited. The players are also excited,” said newly-installed La Salle head coach Juno Sauler, who replaced Gee Abanilla. “If we work hard, I’m confident we can surprise anyone here.”

La Salle will battle UST in Saturday’s main game at 4pm after the opening match between UE and FEU at 2pm.

Defending champion Ateneo will face NU on Sunday in the main game right after the opening game between UP and Adamson.

“Box Office kami that’s what I can say, UST — Una sa Takilya,” said UST mentor Pido Jarencio, who drew laughter from the crowd.

Eric Altamirano, the mentor of the NU Bulldogs, believes NU has what it takes to become a champion this year.

“I think if there’s a year that we can win the championship, this is the year,” he said. “We’re humbled and grateful that we’re getting the team-to-beat tag, but we still have to prove ourselves and the players have to embrace it.”

Although his team was also tagged as a favorite, UE mentor Boyzie Zamar downplayed all predictions.

“Any team can do it,” said Zamar, who will parade Roi Sumang and Sierra Leonean Charles Mammie. “We just need to improve on our seventh place from last season.”

FEU head coach Nash Racela, who will rely on Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia, said FEU will be taking the steps towards the right direction and take things one game at a time.

The Fighting Maroons of coach Ricky Dandan, meanwhile, are the youngest squad this season.

“I don’t think the coaches will disagree with me that the Fighting Maroons are the underdogs,” he said. “But the ‘fighting’ is back with UP.”

Leo Austria, mentor of Adamson, this year’s host, echoed the general sentiments that all teams have a chance to contend for the title.

With so many squads ready and able to contend not just for Final Four berths but for the crown itself, Season 76 is primed to be one of the most competitive and unpredictable in the history of the UAAP. (EF/Inboundpass.com)

tamarawz_14
06-27-2013, 10:08 PM
meron na....but i'm not expecting FEU will win against UE.. bigyan lang nila ng magandang game upset UE.

LaKazTaMa
06-28-2013, 08:14 PM
battle of the east.

LaKazTaMa
06-28-2013, 08:15 PM
Warriors out to shrug off opening day jitters, Tams in UAAP debut
By Reuben Terrado

June 28, 2013, 07:51 pm
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“Opening game ‘yan, meron talagang opening day jitters. Pipila ka papasok ng arena, maghihintay ka. Kahit beterano ka, tatamaan ka. Iba ang opening game,” said University of the East coach Boycie Zamar, ahead of their season-opening clash against Far Eastern University. Jerome Ascano

BEING champion in a preseason tournament isn’t a guarantee of being jitter-free on opening day.

University of the East expects to experience a bit of tightness when it debuts against Far Eastern University Saturday during the opener of the UAAP Season 76 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Warriors have been installed as one of the title contenders this year after coming off a remarkable pre-season campaign that saw them won the championship of the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup against National University.

Yet despite the title romp, coach Boycie Zamar believes it will still be anybody’s ballgame in the 2 p.m. match especially playing before a different atmosphere on opening day.

“Opening game ‘yan, meron talagang opening day jitters. Pipila ka papasok ng arena, maghihintay ka. Kahit beterano ka, tatamaan ka. Iba ang opening game,” said Zamar.

The Recto-based squad has vastly improved from their seventh place, 3-11 finish from last year following the marked improvement of Roi Sumang and his supporting cast, plus the entry of Sierra Leonean center Charles Mammie.

Nash Racela said he will have his hands full against UE in his UAAP debut after replacing Bert Flores as FEU head coach.

“Based on their (UE) performance sa Filoil, they are a better team this year,” Racela admitted. “My observation is Roi Sumang is surrounded with new players and they now have Mammie. They are a formidable team and definitely one of the contenders this season.”

“We are excited to play UE in the opening game,” he added.

Out to atone for missing the Final Four last season, the Tamaraws are again going to lean on their two-guard combo of RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo, although the team lost some ceiling with the season-ending ACL injury incurred by Russel Escoto.

LaKazTaMa
06-28-2013, 08:30 PM
VIDEO PREVIEW: Tamaraws still have pieces in place to make run at title
By Mei-Lin Lozada and Jerome Ascano

June 27, 2013, 08:49 pm
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Veteran guard RR Garcia is expected to lead the FEU Tamaraws as they try to deal with the loss of four big men heading into this year's UAAP wars. Jerome Ascano

(Editor's note: Below is the third part of our special Video Preview on the eight teams competing in the UAAP basketball tournament this season.)

A LOT has changed at Far Eastern University since the Tamaraws lost a controversial re-play to last season's host National University for a place in the Final Four last season.

New coach Nash Racela, however, is hopeful the changes will all be for the better.

"The very positive thing about this team is we're taking the right steps towards our goals," Racela, who took over from Bert Flores after last year's failed campaign, told Spin.ph after one practice last week. "'Yun naman ang importante."

The good thing is, the Tamaraws still have the pieces in place to put together a good run at the title.

Veteran guards RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo are expected to be the leaders of the team, with Mike Tolomia, Roger Pogoy, Gryann Mendoza, and Carl Cruz leading the supporting cast.

Four big men - Mark and Arvie Bringas, Clarence Foronda and Russel Escoto - are gone, putting much of the frontline responsibility on the shoulders of foreign players Anthony Hargrove and Christian Sentcheu.

Watch the full video preview:


Follow the writer on Twitter: @meilinlozada

LaKazTaMa
06-28-2013, 08:52 PM
UAAP Season 76 kicks off Saturday
ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 06/28/2013 4:12 PM | Updated as of 06/28/2013 7:45 PM

MANILA -- The University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) formally kicks off another action-packed season on Saturday (June 29), 12:30 p.m. at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Watch the UAAP Season 76 opening ceremony live on television and online with ABS-CBN Sports' comprehensive coverage to be aired on free-to-air channel Studio 23, cable channel BALLS High Definition (SkyCable ch 167), and to be streamed via UAAP’s official website.

Host school Adamson University is set to open the season with a grand production number inspired by the science fiction movie “The Hunger Games” to be performed by dancers from Adamson and other member schools.

Former Adamson basketball greats and UAAP legends like Hector Calma and Kenneth Duremdes will also grace the event.

After the ceremonies, the Senior Men’s Basketball tourney officially begins as the University of the East (UE) Warriors battle the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws at 2 PM, and the De La Salle University Green Archers (DLSU) take on the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons are set to go against the Adamson University (AdU) Soaring Falcons on Sunday (June 30) at 2 PM, to be followed by the toss-up between the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles and the National University (NU) Bulldogs at 4 p.m

LaKazTaMa
06-30-2013, 04:59 AM
Tamz drew first blood vs UE Warriors in season 76 uaap opener . Feu no Bigs went small no problem as TamZtar duo Romeo and Garcia combine for 41 pts onslaughts in the second half for an 89-78 victory.

LaKazTaMa
06-30-2013, 05:01 AM
'Individualistic' Romeo shows he can shine in Racela's team-first concept
By Reuben Terrado

June 29, 2013, 08:23 pm
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FEU star Terrence Romeo, who was suspended by Racela even before the season could start after coming in late for a preseason match, also said all the right things after the game. Jerome Ascano

IS Terrence Romeo a changed man?

The athletically gifted Far Eastern University star, who some feel is too individualistic for comfort, proved right off the bat that he can play within the team-first concept being espoused by new coach Nash Racela.

The flamboyant guard was a sight to behold in the Tamaraws' 89-78 opening win over University of the East, coming just short of a triple-double in a performance embellished by his 23 points and nine rebounds.

More importantly, Romeo turned an unlikely playmaker for the Tamaraws, issuing 12 of the team's 24 assists in the match - most of them to fellow star RR Garcia.

Romeo, who was suspended by Racela even before the season could start after coming in late for a preseason match, also said all the right things after the game.

“Pinapakingan ko lang sila coach,” said Romeo. “Sabi nila sa akin, sundin ko ‘yung sistema at iinvolve ko muna teammates ko. Tapos pag na-iinvolve ko na sila, depensa naman.”

With the ball moving well for the Tamaraws, Romeo soon found the Warriors' defense easier to dissect with his patented drives and mid-range jumpers.

“Nung nag-start ko na sila ma-involve, lumuwag na ang depensa. Naka-diskarte na ako,” said Romeo.

Racela couldn’t be happier after the win.

“I’m happy that they all co-existed,” said Racela. “I’m happy with my players kasi they understood the game plan.”

“I’m happy for RR. He is playing in his last year and he responded well. Terrence played well today but it was a total team effort for the guys,” he added.

Still, it's too early to judge the Tamaraws after one game.

“It’s a continuous work in progress. You can never be satisfied. It’s just the first game,” said Racela.

LaKazTaMa
06-30-2013, 05:02 AM
FEU stars Romeo, Garcia in synch as Tamaraws prick UE bubble
By Reuben Terrado

June 29, 2013, 04:51 pm
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RR Garcia conspired with Terrence Romeo to lead a big second-half breakaway for the Tams. Jerome Ascano

TERRENCE Romeo and RR Garcia led a second-half blitz to power Far Eastern University to a stunning 89-78 victory over pre-tournament favorite University of the East in the opening game of the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena Saturday.

Romeo had 23 points and nine rebounds in a near triple-double. Two of his 12 key assists also set up Garcia for a pair of three-pointers that allowed the Tamaraws to pull away from the Red Warriors.

Garcia, who came off the bench for the Tams, had 18 points on 3-of-7 shooting from three-point range. His final triple made it an 80-66 game in the fourth.

It was also a rousing debut for FEU coach Nash Racela, who was hired precisely to turn things around for the Morayta-based school after the Tamaraws missed the Final Four last season.

FEU struggled in the first half but soon overwhelmed UE, which recently won the Filoil Flying V Hanes Premier Cup title.

“We just reminded the boys to be patient with what we are doing,” said Racela. “We were struggling in the first half. UE played their game and yet we were down by just five points. I’m happy that they trusted me.”

FEU won after dishing out 24 assists -- half of which came from Romeo, who’s been at the receiving end of criticisms before for his penchant to play one-on-one.

The Red Warriors lost despite holding a 6-17 lead early in the first period. They already had a 30-20 lead, but the Tamaraws finished the second quarter strong behind a 12-7 windup.

FEU finally grabbed the lead on a deuce by Mike Tolomia, 47-46, and ended the third period ahead, 61-54, following an 11-2 blast.

The momentum swing was too much for the Warriors to overcome as Romeo hit a jumper and nailed three free throws, 74-60.

Roi Sumang had 22 points but was only 6-of-18 from the field. Ralf Olivares added 17 points.

Charles Mammie had seven points and 12 rebounds but was slapped with his fourth foul late in the third that further compounded the Warriors’ situation.

FEU continued its mastery on opening day as it now won six out of seven games since 2003, three of which came against UE.

The scores:

FEU (89) – Romeo 23, Garcia 18, Hargrove 11, Belo 10, Tolomia 8, Cruz 8, Pogoy 7, Sentcheu 2, Mendoza 2, Jose 0.

UE (78) – Sumang 22, Olivares 17, Casajeros 8, Noble 7, Mammie 7, Javier 4, Hernandez 4, Sumido 3, Santos 3, Jumao-as 3, Flores 0.

Quarterscores: 11-21; 32-37; 61-56; 89-78.

LaKazTaMa
06-30-2013, 05:06 AM
Sports ģ Campus Sports ģ UAAP
UAAP: Romeo, Garcia combine for 41 as Tams stifle Red Warriors in season opener
Job B. de LeonJune 29, 2013


Tags: Far Eastern University Tamaraws , University of the East Red Warriors

Terrence Romeo (R) was a rebound shy of a triple-double, as he helped bring his team back from the brink. KC Cruz
(Updated 5:01pm) Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia combined for 41 points as the Far Eastern University Tamaraws stifled the University of the East Red Warriors in the second half, for an 89-78 victory in the opening game of UAAP Season 76, Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tamaraws shook off a slow first quarter before hitting their stride in the second half. FEU launched a 19-8 blitz spanning the two latter quarters to give them their first double-digit lead early in the fourth, 69-58. The backcourt duo of Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia maintained their lead with incredible plays down the stretch, guiding the overlooked Tamaraws to a win against their opponents, who were touted as Final Four contenders following a triumphant FilOil preseason campaign.


Romeo was the best player of the game, flirting with a triple-double after posting 23 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. RR Garcia aded 18 markers, while Anthony Hargrove and Mac Belo added 11 and 10 points respectively, and combined for 13 boards.

Romeo deferred credit to head coach Nash Racela and his gameplan, saying he did his best to get his teammates involved in the offense. "Nung sinimulan ko silang i-involve, lumuwang yung depensa sakin saka ako naka-diskarte," he said.

"We reminded the boys to be patient," said Racela, on how his team was able to come back. "We struggled, we played their game in the first half, yet we were only down by five points. I'm happy that they trusted me."

Racela also addressed the fact that Romeo started while fifth year star Garcia came off the bench, a coaching move that raised some eyebrows. "That's one thing we made clear with our players that they're not entitled to anything," Racela said.

The coach added that he talked to Garcia about his philosophy and said that the latter responded well. "Ang importante ay they work for it, and they trust their coaches kung anong plano nila during the game."

While most observers doubted FEU before the start of the season, Racela said that he's fine with flying under the radar. He added that smaller teams like his aren't necessarily worse in this league, comparing FEU to the Ateneo Blue Eagles in that regard.

"Ang nakakatakot sa Ateneo is the culture they have and the one-ness they have. Yun ang nagdadala sa kanila," he said, adding that he hoped it was something replicable in his circumstances.

Both teams tested the waters in the first quarter, taking several shots from the perimeter. The Warriors gained the advantage after JM Noble connected from deep, and Chris Javier converted twice beneath the basket to give them a 7-2 lead.

The Tamaraws called for time to bring RR Garcia off the bench with six minutes to play, but the former MVP's talents did little to stem UE's attack. Led by Roi Sumang, the Warriors made cut the lane for easy points. In contrast, FEU struggled with only one basket in the paint, a hook shot by Christian Sentcheu with around 20 seconds left, as they fell behind after the first period, 21-11.

FEU drew Charles Mammie's third foul at the 7:30 mark during the second quarter, forcing him to sit. However, they couldn't quite capitalize on the absence of the Warriors' center. However, the Tams were able to shore up on defense, forcing UE into several stops for fast break makes by Garcia and Bryan Cruz, 26-20.

UE recovered as Ivan Hernandez and Ralf Olivarez converted lay-ups, and Hargrove received an unsportsmanlike foul for raising his elbow to Olivarez' jaw after the latter fouled him in transition at 3:25. Both players made their charities, reinstating a double-digit lead for the Warriors, 32-22.

The Tamaraws closed the last two minutes and a half with a 10-5 run, boosted by triples from Romeo, Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia to trim the gap to 37-32 at halftime.

FEU shot 12-of-37 (32.4 percent) from the field in the first half, while UE was 13-of-39 (33.3 percent). While the Tams led 10-5 in turnover points, the Warriors had a 12-6 offensive rebounding advantage, though they produced just a 6-0 lead in second-chance points.


RR Garcia (R) finds a crease in the UE defense for a pass. KC Cruz
The Tamaraws continued to rage on in the third quarter as they freed themselves with shots inside the arc. FEU clamped down defensively for quick shots on the other end, as Romeo and Hargrove combined for eight to nudge their team ahead, 42-40.

Sumang drained a triple to quell the storm for a while, and the advantage slowly shifted to the Warriors. UE trooped to the line, including charities after Garcia was called for an unsportsmanlike foul on Lord Casajeros on a drive, 46-42.

The Warriors, however, couldn't break away after conceding lay-ups to Carl Bryan Cruz and Tolomia, and their shoddy free-throw shooting over the next few minutes allowed FEU to tie the game, 50-50, on a mid-range jumper by Hargrove, with under four minutes to play.

Similar to the previous quarter, the Tamaraws pounced during the last three minutes of the period. Hargrove and Romeo canned and-one plays, and the latter threw in another triple to combine for nine points in a closing 11-4 rally. For the first time in the game, the Tams led at the end of a quarter, 61-54.

UE had little chance to recover as the Tamaraws made big play after big play to open the final period. Impressive drives by Roger Pogoy and Garcia sandwiched a triple by Tolomia, granting them their first double-digit lead of the game, 69-58.

As time wound down, the Tams looked to Romeo and Garcia to deliver them to the finish line. The duo benefited from good ball movement, scoring their next 11 markers. The Warriors' role players refused to budge though, and stepped-up for a shackled Sumang. Gino Jumao-as plunged into the lane, and Lord Casajeros drilled a couple of treys, 80-71, with three minutes remaining.

However, the Warriors did themselves in, as FEU feasted on turnovers and sluggish transition defense. The Tams' backcourt went cherry-picking with an 8-2 run, creating a 15-point gap with a minute and a half to play, 88-73.


FEU improved to 21-of-36 (58.3 percent) field goal shooting in the second half for a 33-of-73 (45.2 percent) clip at the end. Meanwhile, the Warriors were 12-of-35 (34.3 percent) in the second half to finish 25-of-74 (33.8 percent) overall.

The Tams also sizzled from beyond the arc, making 9-of-28 shots (32.1 percent) in contrast to UE's 6-of-26 (23.1 percent). On the other hand, UE led in charity makes, converting 22-of-33 (66.7 percent) versus FEU's 14-of-19 (73.7).

The Tamaraws led in fast break points (17-7) and in turnover points (24-10) despite having just one less turnover than UE (19-18).

Roi Sumang led UE with 22 points, five rebounds and three steals on just 6-of-18 shooting from the field. Ralf Olivares was the only other Warrior in double figures with 17 points. Charles Mammie hauled 12 rebounds in his UAAP debut, but was held to seven points on 2-of-6 shooting. - RAF, GMA News


The scores:

FEU 89: Romeo 23, Garcia 18, Hargrove 11, Belo 10, Tolomia 8, Cruz 8, Pogoy 7, Sentcheu 2, Mendoza 2, Jose 0

UE 78: Sumang 22, Olivares 17, Casajeros 8, Noble 7, Mammie 7, Javier 4, Hernandez 4, Sumido 3, Santos 3, Jumao-as 3, Flores 0

Quarter scoring: 11-21, 32-37, 61-54, 89-78

LaKazTaMa
06-30-2013, 05:09 AM
Tams humble UE Warriors; Tigers score
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
12:58 am | Sunday, June 30th, 2013 0 6 3

FAR Eastern U’s Mark Belo goes for a layup and gets fouled by UE’s Ivan Hernandez. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

FAR EASTERN U brought University of the East down to earth right in the opener.

The Tamaraws fought back from a double-digit deficit to stun the preseason favorite Warriors, 89-78, at the start of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

“I’ve been telling them (Tamaraws) that the real test is the real tournament,” said new FEU coach Nash Racela. “I’m happy we weren’t talked about much [in the preseason]. It lessened the pressure.”

Terrence Romeo and former MVP RR Garcia combined for 41 points as the Tams rallied from 15-26 to pull away by 15 in the fourth period against the Warriors, who came into the tournament fresh from topping a preseason event that featured most of the country’s top collegiate squads.

University of Santo Tomas survived La Salle in overtime, 63-58, in front of an electric crowd of 17 ,985 in the second game.

Often criticized for his selfish play, Romeo flirted with a triple-double with a game-high 23 points, nine rebounds and half of the Tamaraws’ 24 assists.

“I’ve been saying in the interviews that they’ll see a different Terrence Romeo,” said the senior guard sharing the team top billing with Garcia, who knocked in 11 of his 18 points in the final quarter.

Jeric Teng unloaded 23 points and Karim Abdul collected 17 markers, 10 boards and three blocks as the duo also combined for nine of the Tigers’ 12 points in overtime.

Playing with a sprained ankle, Aljon Mariano nailed three free throws inside the last 22 seconds for the final tally.

“Partly it’s opening jitters, but what’s important is we got the win,” said UST coach Pido Jarencio.

The Tamaraws trailed by as many as 11, 15-26, in the first half before Romeo, who had 18 points in the second half, keyed their turnaround.

Charles Mammie, a 6-foot-8 recruit from Sierra Leone, only got the green light to play hours before the game following an emergency meeting where the UAAP Board reviewed his eligibility documents along with Cameroonians Ingrid Sewa (Adamson) and Alfred Aroga (National U).

The scores:

First Game

FEU 89–Romeo 23, Garcia 18, Hargrove 11, Belo 10, Tolomia 8, Cruz 8, Pogoy 7, Sentcheu 2, Mendoza 2, Jose 0.

UE 78–Sumang 22, Olivares 17, Casajeros 8, Noble 7, Mammie 7, Javier 4, Hernandez 4, Sumido 3, Santos 3, Jumao-as 3, Flores 0.

Quarters: 11-21, 32-37, 61-56, 89-78

Second Game

UST 63–Teng 23, Abdul 17, Bautista 6, Mariano 5, Ferrer 5, Pe 3, Hainga 2, Daquioag 2, Lo 0.

LA SALLE 58–Vosotros 13, Perkins 13, Teng 10, T. Torres 7, N. Torres 6, Reyes 4, Revilla 4, Van Opstal 1, Tampus 0, Bolick 0.

Quarters: 10-12, 28-20, 40-34, 51-51 (reg), 63-58 (OT)

LaKazTaMa
06-30-2013, 05:14 AM
FAR EASTERN U brought University of the East down to earth right in the opener.

The Tamaraws fought back from a double-digit deficit to stun the preseason favorite Warriors, 89-78, at the start of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

“I’ve been telling them (Tamaraws) that the real test is the real tournament,” said new FEU coach Nash Racela. “I’m happy we weren’t talked about much [in the preseason]. It lessened the pressure.”

LaKazTaMa
06-30-2013, 05:18 AM
@Dark knight @Tamz_14 - we got ' W ' already.

LaKazTaMa
06-30-2013, 12:21 PM
UAAP: Where Greatness Begins
by Jane Bracher
Saturday, 29 June 2013 7 Comments “Greatness starts here in the UAAP.”

Those words by Adamson University President Gregorio Baņaga Jr. echoed throughout the entire Mall of Asia Arena as he officially opened the 76th Season of the UAAP on Saturday.

The opening ceremony marks that one time in the year when eight universities come together to celebrate talent, sportsmanship, teamwork, hardwork, and the sheer will to win.

It’s also the time when every school works to outplay and outlast each other.

This year’s host, Adamson University, put together an extravagant and entertaining opening number together with the seven other members of the league.

The University of the Philippines, Far Eastern University, and University of the East were in similar tribal costumes, each decorated with their school’s colors along with some improvised hairdos, horns, and flowing cloth.

The Ateneo de Manila University and the University of Santo Tomas were decked in checkered, mime-like costumes with splashes of blue and tiger stripes as they danced to more modern and chilling beats.

Meanwhile, De La Salle University and National University moved to quieter music in their tights and face paint.

As hosts, Adamson University paraded the most elaborate costumes including the largest and most intricate wings along with falcon headdresses.

The finale saw all schools performing in one number with Jericho Cruz revealed as the masked man from the start of the performance. Conversely, he became the proverbial face of this season.

As is tradition, athletes from each school are called on to the court, led by muses and escorts. This year, the theme was cosplay.

A ceremonial passing of the torch was also conducted.

Jericho Cruz represented the UAAP athletes as he received what was dubbed as the Torch of Greatness from legendary UAAP greats themselves Hector Calma, Kenneth Duremdes, and Olsen Racela.

The UAAP has been one of the venues in which many great athletes have come from. Many future members of the Philippine teams also have roots with the collegiate league.

Talent and potential are discovered, developed, and harnessed each season. And Season 76 will be no different.

With a brand new year of collegiate sports all set to go, expect each school to showcase once more how much they have grown since last year. These student athletes will once again rise above themselves and prove that greatness, indeed, never ends.

As President Baņaga put it, “Greatness should go on forever.”

Sam Miguel
07-01-2013, 01:37 PM
Great opening weekend win by FEU.

You see what happens when you actually pass the ball, Terrence Romeo?

12 assists, wow!

I can't remember the last time a player opened the season with double figures in assists.

Sam Miguel
07-01-2013, 01:55 PM
Tams humble UE Warriors; Tigers score

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:58 am | Sunday, June 30th, 2013

FAR EASTERN U brought University of the East down to earth right in the opener.

The Tamaraws fought back from a double-digit deficit to stun the preseason favorite Warriors, 89-78, at the start of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

“I’ve been telling them (Tamaraws) that the real test is the real tournament,” said new FEU coach Nash Racela. “I’m happy we weren’t talked about much [in the preseason]. It lessened the pressure.”

Terrence Romeo and former MVP RR Garcia combined for 41 points as the Tams rallied from 15-26 to pull away by 15 in the fourth period against the Warriors, who came into the tournament fresh from topping a preseason event that featured most of the country’s top collegiate squads.

University of Santo Tomas survived La Salle in overtime, 63-58, in front of an electric crowd of 17 ,985 in the second game.

Often criticized for his selfish play, Romeo flirted with a triple-double with a game-high 23 points, nine rebounds and half of the Tamaraws’ 24 assists.

“I’ve been saying in the interviews that they’ll see a different Terrence Romeo,” said the senior guard sharing the team top billing with Garcia, who knocked in 11 of his 18 points in the final quarter.

Jeric Teng unloaded 23 points and Karim Abdul collected 17 markers, 10 boards and three blocks as the duo also combined for nine of the Tigers’ 12 points in overtime.

Playing with a sprained ankle, Aljon Mariano nailed three free throws inside the last 22 seconds for the final tally.

“Partly it’s opening jitters, but what’s important is we got the win,” said UST coach Pido Jarencio.

The Tamaraws trailed by as many as 11, 15-26, in the first half before Romeo, who had 18 points in the second half, keyed their turnaround.

Charles Mammie, a 6-foot-8 recruit from Sierra Leone, only got the green light to play hours before the game following an emergency meeting where the UAAP Board reviewed his eligibility documents along with Cameroonians Ingrid Sewa (Adamson) and Alfred Aroga (National U).

The scores:

First Game

FEU 89–Romeo 23, Garcia 18, Hargrove 11, Belo 10, Tolomia 8, Cruz 8, Pogoy 7, Sentcheu 2, Mendoza 2, Jose 0.

UE 78–Sumang 22, Olivares 17, Casajeros 8, Noble 7, Mammie 7, Javier 4, Hernandez 4, Sumido 3, Santos 3, Jumao-as 3, Flores 0.

Quarters: 11-21, 32-37, 61-56, 89-78

Second Game

UST 63–Teng 23, Abdul 17, Bautista 6, Mariano 5, Ferrer 5, Pe 3, Hainga 2, Daquioag 2, Lo 0.

LA SALLE 58–Vosotros 13, Perkins 13, Teng 10, T. Torres 7, N. Torres 6, Reyes 4, Revilla 4, Van Opstal 1, Tampus 0, Bolick 0.

Quarters: 10-12, 28-20, 40-34, 51-51 (reg), 63-58 (OT)

Dark Knight
07-02-2013, 10:52 AM
Yup Lakaz...its a great win. Hopefully we can sustain this til the end. Last season, we also had a great run in the first round. Only to stumble in the 2nd.

Go Tams!!! What happened to Escoto? Injured?

bchoter
07-02-2013, 11:10 AM
^ Escoto had a season-ending foot injury in the Fil-Oil. The Bringas bros are suffering from perpetual brain sprain

Joescoundrel
07-02-2013, 01:43 PM
What have we been saying all along? This kid can play, but now he has to show he can play well with others, because that's the nature of basketball...

'Individualistic' Romeo shows he can shine in Racela's team-first concept

By Reuben Terrado

June 29, 2013, 08:23 pm

IS Terrence Romeo a changed man?

The athletically gifted Far Eastern University star, who some feel is too individualistic for comfort, proved right off the bat that he can play within the team-first concept being espoused by new coach Nash Racela.

The flamboyant guard was a sight to behold in the Tamaraws' 89-78 opening win over University of the East, coming just short of a triple-double in a performance embellished by his 23 points and nine rebounds.

More importantly, Romeo turned an unlikely playmaker for the Tamaraws, issuing 12 of the team's 24 assists in the match - most of them to fellow star RR Garcia.

Romeo, who was suspended by Racela even before the season could start after coming in late for a preseason match, also said all the right things after the game.

“Pinapakingan ko lang sila coach,” said Romeo. “Sabi nila sa akin, sundin ko ‘yung sistema at iinvolve ko muna teammates ko. Tapos pag na-iinvolve ko na sila, depensa naman.”

With the ball moving well for the Tamaraws, Romeo soon found the Warriors' defense easier to dissect with his patented drives and mid-range jumpers.

“Nung nag-start ko na sila ma-involve, lumuwag na ang depensa. Naka-diskarte na ako,” said Romeo.

Racela couldn’t be happier after the win.

“I’m happy that they all co-existed,” said Racela. “I’m happy with my players kasi they understood the game plan.”

“I’m happy for RR. He is playing in his last year and he responded well. Terrence played well today but it was a total team effort for the guys,” he added.

Still, it's too early to judge the Tamaraws after one game.

“It’s a continuous work in progress. You can never be satisfied. It’s just the first game,” said Racela.

LaKazTaMa
07-02-2013, 04:34 PM
Escoto got ACL injury during PBA D-League games (fruitas) and Bringas bros Lol

LaKazTaMa
07-02-2013, 04:37 PM
FEU Tamaraws still a work in progress, says coach
By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 07/01/2013 7:04 PM | Updated as of 07/01/2013 7:04 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU) coach Nash Racela warned the Tamaraws not to be satisfied with their performance despite stunning pre-season favorites University of the East in the first game of the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament.

Led by Terrence Romeo, FEU defeated the Red Warriors, 89-78, last Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Racela, who was making his coaching debut for FEU, praised the Tamaraws for following their game plan, especially in the second half, when they broke the game open.

“I’m happy with our players because they understood the game plan. At times, they were struggling kung gagawin nila o hindi, but in the end, they trusted the coaches,” Racela said.

“There wasn’t much of a difference between the first and the second half. It was more of our execution. Mas maganda ang execution namin sa second half,” he added.

But Racela also issued a reminder to his team, who are considered dark horses to enter the Final Four.

“It is a continuous work in progress. We can never be satisfied; this is just the first game,” he said. “(We have to work) up to the end of the season and not only for one season. Tuloy-tuloy ‘yan.”

“Once you get satisfied, baka hindi na kami mag-improve,” he added.

Under Racela, the Tamaraws will have to work hard for everything, including playing minutes and a spot in the starting five.

“There is no definite starting five for us,” said Racela, who brought former UAAP Most Valuable Player RR Garcia off the bench against UE. “Sometimes RR will start; sometimes Terrence will come off the bench.”

“One thing we made clear with our players is that they are not entitled to anything,” he said. “They’re not entitled to playing minutes or to starting privilege. What’s important is you work for it and you trust your coaches.”

The Tamaraws will aim for their second win when they take on five-time defending champions Ateneo on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena

LaKazTaMa
07-02-2013, 04:57 PM
Blue Eagles face 0-2 hole vs Tamaraws
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
10:53 pm | Monday, July 1st, 2013

ATENEO’s quest for a sixth straight championship got off to a nightmarish start, while early favorite University of the East saw its preseason bubble burst at the start of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament over the weekend.

“It’s not just a wake-up call, it’s a warning,” said UE coach Boycie Zamar after his Warriors, the champions in a recent tough summer tournament, bowed to the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, 78-89.

While the Warriors collapsed and blew an early double-digit lead, the Blue Eagles showed no semblance of their old intimidating forms.

Sorely missing the firepower of injured star Kiefer Ravena, the Eagles looked flat against the National University Bulldogs, who roared to a 64-54 victory after pulling away from the reigning champions by a whopping 24 points at one point.

“The sense of urgency came late, but I know these guys are going to get better,” said new Ateneo coach Bo Perasol.

Ravena, who sprained his ankle days before the inaugurals, sat out the entire second half and finished with two points on a 1-of-6 shooting clip in just eight minutes of action.

But Perasol expects his star player to be in better shape when the Blue Eagles try to avoid falling to an early 0-2 hole against the Tamaraws on Wednesday.

“We’ll have a hard time without him,” admitted Perasol.

Zamar, too, sees his Warriors bringing back the grit they flashed all summer in their next game versus the Bulldogs on Saturday.

“We’ll bounce back,” said Zamar.

LaKazTaMa
07-02-2013, 05:29 PM
Eagles and Tams on wednesday.

LaKazTaMa
07-03-2013, 06:47 PM
The Far Eastern University Tamaraws look to begin a win streak to start the 76th season of the UAAP, when they face off against rivals Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

Buoyed by a near triple-double performance by Terrence Romeo (23 points, nine rebounds, 12 assists), the Tams erupted in the second half with a 57-41 performance to upend the FilOil champs UE Red Warriors, 89-78. Coming off the bench, former MVP RR Garcia also had a strong outing of 18 points, three rebounds and three dimes.

The Tams gave the Red Warriors a rough time on the court, thanks to their speed. FEU, which barely missed out on a Final Four berth last season, had a 17-7 edge in fast break points, 24-10 in turnover points. If Ateneo proves sloppy as well, they too might get run out of the gym.

The defending five-peat champs on the other hand looked primed to get blown out by the NU Bulldogs in their first game of the season, after trailing by as much as 24 points, 59-35 in the fourth quarter. However, the Blue Eagles' outside shooting finally came online, allowing them to get within 10 points with 2:04 remaining on the clock, though NU's Ray Ray Parks connected on a dagger triple to put this one away.

Hampered by an ankle injury, Kiefer Ravena was a definite non factor, coming off the bench for an eight-minute stint that saw him score just two points, as he missed five long-range attempts. Ravena expects to start and play more minutes though in this match, but the likes of Juami Tiongson and Nico Elorde will be looked to for more consistent production.

Game starts at 4pm

LaKazTaMa
07-03-2013, 06:49 PM
UAAP
: FEU Tamaraws shoot down Ateneo Eagles in bruising OT win
Adrian Dy, GMA NewsJuly 3, 2013 6:28pm


Tags: Ateneo de Manila University , Far Eastern University Tamaraws

Nico Elorde of Ateneo (L) puts some pressure on FEU point guard Terrence Romeo. KC Cruz

Two teams threw haymakers at each other for 45 minutes, but in the end, the Far Eastern University Tamaraws simply had more in the tank, enduring the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, 79-75, Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

[Review the play-by-play of this game here]

The victory gave FEU an early edge in the standings, thanks to a 2-0 card. The five-peat defending champions Ateneo, on the other hand, met UP in the cellar, with 0-2 records for both teams.

The high-scoring guard trio of FEU, Mike Tolomia, RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo, kicked off overtime with a 7-1 run, forcing the Blue Eagles to sue for time, 2:32 left, down 73-67.

Four markers by Ryan Buenafe kept Ateneo alive, then Juami Tiongson stole the inbounds and made two charities off the foul, 73-all. The Eagles forced a stop, but Roger Pogoy was there for the steal and score, 75-73.

An errant pass by Nico Elorde gave possession back to FEU, forcing them to foul Romeo, who dutifully canned both free throws. Gwynne Capacio drew a foul and hit both, keeping Ateneo alive, but barely, with seven seconds left, 77-75.

A quick foul sent Romeo to the line anew, with Ateneo burning just a second, but he made both. Newsome then ended the game with a turnover, as the FEU faithful celebrated, even though Romeo's final lay-up was not counted.

Romeo led the Tams with 21 points and three assists.

A 13-1 run spanning the end of the third and the beginning of the fourth had the Eagles in another hole, 55-44, before a Von Pessumal triple snapped their field goal drought, 7:53 left in the game.

Anthony Hargrove restored FEU's double-digit lead with an undergoal stab, but Buenafe caught fire, putting his fingerprints all over an 11-0 blitz by the defending champions, for a 58-57 lead, 5:13 still to play.

An exchange of free throws tied the game at 59-all, but an and-one play by RR Garcia and a put-back by Anthony Hargrove had FEU up by five, 64-59. Nico Elorde however canned a huge triple to keep the Eagles fighting.

Hargrove and Newsome swapped scores, but two FEU misses later, Newsome got to the line and nailed two charities, tying the game with 10 seconds left, 66-all. Off a timeout, the Tams went to RR Garcia, but with Elorde wrapped all over him, his shot was off, resulting in an extra five minutes.

Marquee Blue Eagle Kiefer Ravena did not play in this game, as he continued to rest his sprained ankle. He had played just eight minutes in their season-opener versus NU.

Ateneo started out like a house on fire, seizing a 12-2 lead just under five minutes into the game. However, it did not last, as Gryann Mendoza and Terrence Romeo woke up and began to connect. The duo each nailed a triple, to cut the Blue Eagles' lead to four, 18-14, 10 minutes down.

RR Garcia began the second with a triple for his first points of the game, and together with Romeo and Carl Bryan Cruz, the Tams edged ahead, 21-20. It fell to Chris Newsome and Ryan Buenafe to keep Ateneo's heads above water, and they combined for 11 of their side's 15 points in the second period.

Six straight by FEU knotted the game at 31-all, 33 seconds left, but Nico Elorde was able to draw a foul late for two markers, enough for a 33-31 ADMU lead at the half.

Buenafe hit anew out of the intermission, pushing the Blue Eagles' lead to five, 36-31, but an 11-1 run by Far Eastern gave them the lead, 42-37. A 6-0 counter-run by Ateneo handed them a single-digit advantage, 43-42, but they would manage just one more point, in the third, as FEU continued to create separation, 53-44 entering the final quarter.


Terrence Romeo led FEU with 21 points, while Mike Tolomia had 18. RR Garcia chipped in 13 to round up the guard production for the Tams.

Ryan Buenafe carried the Eagles with 29 big points in 35 minutes of play, along with 15 boards and three assists. Chris Newsome added 17 with seven boards and three assists. -RAF, GMA News

LaKazTaMa
07-03-2013, 06:54 PM
Romeo, Pogoy star as FEU Tamaraws outlast Blue Eagles in overtime
By Reuben Terrado

July 03, 2013, 07:03 pm

Terrence Romeo hit the four free throws that closed the door on Ateneo in overtime. Jerome Ascano
TERRENCE Romeo rose to the occasion in overtime while Roger Pogoy hit a crucial basket as Far Eastern University won its second straight game in the UAAP men's basketball tournament, 79-75, at the expense of struggling Ateneo on Wednesday night.

Romeo scored 21 points for the Tamaraws in the fiercely fought game at the Mall of Asia Arena, none bigger than the four free throws he made down the stretch that sent five-time champions Ateneo to their second straight defeat while playing without injured star Kiefer Ravena.

The Tamaraws wasted a double-digit lead in regulation and were struggling to hold off the Blue Eagles in extra time until Pogoy delivered the game's biggest play, swiping the ball away from Ryan Buenafe in the rebound play after an RR Garcia miss and hitting the go-ahead basket.

The flamboyant Romeo, who struggled to find his touch in the fourth quarter, took over from there, hitting the four clutch free throws while making the final steal off Chris Newsome that sent the Eagles reeling to their worst start in a season in seven years.

The last time Ateneo started the season with back-to-back losses was in 2007.

LaKazTaMa
07-03-2013, 06:58 PM
FEU grounds Ateneo in OT to go 2-0 in UAAP
By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 07/03/2013 6:55 PM | Updated as of 07/03/2013 6:55 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws nipped the Ateneo Blue Eagles in overtime, 79-75, to seize an early lead in the UAAP Season 76 men's basketball tournament Wednesday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tams squandered a 66-62 lead with 1:55 to go in the fourth quarter, and Ateneo's Chris Newsome scored the last four points in regulation to force the extension.

FEU struck first in overtime, with Mike Tolomia drilling a triple and RR Garcia scoring from close range to make it 71-66 with 3:56 to go.

A jumper by Terrence Romeo made it 73-67, but the Blue Eagles scored six straight points, capped by two free throws by Juami Tiongson, to tie the game again with only 50 seconds left.

But Roger Pogoy hit the go-ahead lay-up after putting back a miss by Garcia, and Romeo iced the game at the free throw line for FEU.

With the victory, the Tamaraws now have a 2-0 record and the solo lead in the eight-team tournament.

The Blue Eagles, who played without former Rookie of the Year Kiefer Ravena, are now 0-2 for the season.

Ateneo took a slim 33-31 lead at the half thanks to Nico Elorde, who drained two free throws off a foul from Mike Tolomia.

The Blue Eagles had raced off to a quick start, taking a 14-4 lead in the opening frame with Ryan Buenafe scoring nine points.

The Tamaraws responded, however, with Romeo and Gryann Mendoza hitting key triples that allowed FEU to go into the half down only four, 18-14.

The two squads were neck-and-neck in the second frame, and a jumper by Anthony Hargrove tying the contest at 31-all with 33 seconds to go.

But Elorde, who scored seven points in the first half, hustled hard for the ball and wound up getting fouled

LaKazTaMa
07-03-2013, 07:05 PM
@dark knigth @tamz_14 Convincing Wins 2-0.

LaKazTaMa
07-03-2013, 07:09 PM
Romeo, Tams outlast Eagles in OT
By Aldo Avinante (philstar.com) | Updated July 3, 2013 - 7:11pm

MANILA, Philippines -- Terrence Romeo came up big in the clutch as the FEU Tamaraws handed the Ateneo Blue Eagles their second straight loss with a 79-75 overtime victory in the 76th UAAP men's basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay Wednesday.

Romeo sank four clutch free throws in the endgame to preserve the win after a furious rally from the Eagles in overtime.

Although happy with the win, FEU coach Nash Racela is wary of the rest of their opponents this season.

"Mahalaga sa amin lahat ng panalo namin. We always look at the big picture pero ang importante naman yung small steps. Even if it is an ugly win, we'll take it," said FEU coach Nash Racela. "Any team can beat anybody this season so we'll take it one game at a time.

Ateneo rallied from a 67-73 deficit in the last two minutes, with Juami Tiongson hitting two free throws to tie the game 50 seconds left in the game.

Roger Pogoy then made a huge play when he stole the ball from Ryan Buenafe and immediately scored with 28 ticks left to take back the lead, 75-73.

"My guards have their own identities and I cannot change that overnight. But I'm happy with the way they have been playing so far," said Racela.

Romeo scored a team-high 21 points while Mike Tolomia and RR Garcia added 16 and 13 points, respectively, for the Morayta-based squad.

Garcia had the chance to win the game in regulation but Nico Elorde blocked the shot and Buenafe heaved a full court shot as the buzzer sounded.

Buenafe fashioned out a sterling performance, exploding for a career-high 29 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. But it was not enough to save the Eagles, who are sorely missing the services of star Kiefer Ravena due to injury.

Ravena is out indefinitely for Ateneo while nursing a sprained ankle

Both battled evenly in the first half with the Eagles taking a slight 33-31 advantage at the break. Buenafe led all scorers in the first half with 14 points while Romeo starred for FEU with 12 points.

The Tamaraws improved to 2-0 while the Eagles (0-2) are off to their worst start since 2003.

LaKazTaMa
07-03-2013, 07:10 PM
"My guards have their own identities and I cannot change that overnight. But I'm happy with the way they have been playing so far," said Racela.

Romeo scored a team-high 21 points while Mike Tolomia and RR Garcia added 16 and 13 points, respectively, for the Morayta-based squad.

tamarawz_14
07-03-2013, 09:25 PM
yown 2-0 na. 2 unexpected wins. not bad....

bchoter
07-04-2013, 12:24 AM
^ hindi sa nagmamagaling pero I expected both wins

The_Big_Cat
07-04-2013, 10:13 AM
The last time Far Eastern dealt Ateneo an 0-2 start (2003), you guys won the championship.

Sam Miguel
07-04-2013, 10:24 AM
Tams grab solo lead, clip Eagles

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:21 pm | Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Far Eastern University outlasted an Ateneo squad that came out with more fight in them.

Terrence Romeo starred in the clutch as the Far Eastern U Tamaraws slipped past the Ateneo Blue Eagles in overtime, 79-75, to grab the solo 2-0 lead in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

Romeo finished with 21 points, including six of the Tamaraws’ 13 points in the extra period, as FEU dumped Ateneo, which is seeking a sixth straight championship, into a 0-2 hole for the first time in a decade.

“Ateneo is a very dangerous team, we were just fortunate,” said FEU coach Nash Racela after his Tamaraws survived an Ateneo side that pushed them to their limits even minus injured star Kiefer Ravena.

Earlier, rookie Jason Perkins and Jeron Teng pumped in 20 points each as La Salle repulsed University of the Philippines, 96-84, for its first victory in two games.

Perkins, who also combined for 30 rebounds with big man Norbert Torres, buried the Archers’ last eight points to help them pull away from the stubborn Maroons.

The Eagles, whose last 0-2 start came in 2003, have never lost back-to-back games in their championship romp in the last five seasons.

Mike Tolomia added 16 points and RR Garcia shot 13 for the Tamaraws, who blew an 11-point advantage, 44-55, in the last nine minutes of regulation. But the Tamaraws had the game in control by the extra period with a 7-1 start for a 73-67 advantage. Romeo also nailed four cushion free throws in the last 18.9 seconds.

“They learned how to play without Kiefer and that’s hard,” said Racela.

Unlike in their 64-54 shock loss to National University, the Eagles found a go-to guy in Ryan Buenafe, who exploded for a career-high 29 points.

Chris Newsome’s two free throws with 10.7 seconds left in the fourth period pushed the game into overtime, 66-66.

Ravena, who played for only eight minutes last Sunday, had declared that he’s ready to play versus the Tamaraws. But Ateneo’s top gunner came wearing a medical boot on his right leg and sat out the entire game.

The last time the Eagles dropped two straight games was in September 2007 when they lost to NU (96-88, OT) and La Salle (70-69).

The scores:

First Game

LA SALLE 96—Teng 20, Perkins 20, Vosotros 15, N. Torres 14, T. Torres 14, Dela Paz 7, Van Opstal 6, Bolick 0.

UP 84—Marata 21, Lao 18, Asilum 12, Suare 9, Ball 8, Soyud 5, Pascual 3,Ligad 3, Gallarza 3, Desiderio 2, Wong 0, Amar 0.

Quarters: 24-19, 48-44, 75-67, 96-84

Second Game

FEU 79—Romeo 21, Tolomia 16, Garcia 13, Pogoy 8, Hargrove 8, Cruz 5, Mendoza 4, Jose 2, Belo 2, Sentcheu 0.

ATENEO 75—Buenafe 29, Newsome 17, Elorde 9, Tiongson 7, Pessumal 6, Erram 4, Capacio 3, Murphy 0, Golla 0, Babilonia 0, Asisitio 0.

Quarters: 14-18, 31-33, 53-44, 66-66 (reg.), 79-75 (OT)

Dark Knight
07-04-2013, 10:52 AM
yown 2-0 na. 2 unexpected wins. not bad....

yup, unexpected.

against the recently crowned Fil Oil champs and the 5 time defending champion.

But theres no Kiefer....Hahaha...

Dark Knight
07-04-2013, 11:14 AM
^ hindi sa nagmamagaling pero I expected both wins

Thanks, as i am also expecting UST back in the Finals

Dark Knight
07-04-2013, 11:16 AM
The last time Far Eastern dealt Ateneo an 0-2 start (2003), you guys won the championship.

Hoping history repeats itself.

Dark Knight
07-04-2013, 12:37 PM
Game 1. FEU vs UE

Photos courtesy of FEU Advocate

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Dark Knight
07-04-2013, 12:47 PM
Game 2. FEU vs ADMU

photos courtesy of FEU Advocate and ph.sports.yahoo.com

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tamarawz_14
07-04-2013, 10:15 PM
yup, unexpected.

against the recently crowned Fil Oil champs and the 5 time defending champion.

But theres no Kiefer....Hahaha...

kaw naman dark knight oh, panalo kung panalo no excuses....hahahaha.

LaKazTaMa
07-05-2013, 12:34 PM
wala din si Escoto natin ah lol.

LaKazTaMa
07-05-2013, 05:13 PM
FEU coach Racela guards against overconfidence
By Reuben Terrado

July 04, 2013, 04:26 pm
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“I think they started last year 4-0. Sir Mark Molina (FEU athletic director) has been reminding them (about that) … So it’s really how you finish,” said FEU coach Nash Racela, who played down the team's 2-0 start, bearing in mind that the Tamaraws failed to make the Final Four last season after starting 4-0. Jerome Ascano
ONLY a season ago, Far Eastern University went off to a fast start by winning its first four games in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament, yet ended up missing the Final Four.

And now that the Tamaraws have won two straight games to jumpstart their campaign in Season 76 of the league, coach Nash Racela is making sure to keep his players from getting ahead of themselves.

Back-to-back victories by the Morayta-based school against pre-tournament favorite University of the East and five-time defending champion Ateneo in overtime had the Tamaraws’ stocks suddenly rising after missing from lists of potential Final Four contenders this year.

Racela, however, was quick to point out it is still too early in the season for them to look that far ahead.

“Simula pa lang,” Racela said. “Kaya I tweeted that, ‘It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.’ That is something that we remind to our players.”

“I think they started last year 4-0. Sir Mark Molina (FEU athletic director) has been reminding them (about that) … So it’s really how you finish,” he added.

The FEU coach said the victory against the Blue Eagles on Wednesday was definitely a morale booster for the Tamaraws.

“’Yan ang isa sa mga binabantayan namin, ‘yung we become confident. First you want to have a certain level of confidence in a ballgame.”

But Racela admitted his coaching staff also wants to ensure the Tamaraws won’t be too overconfident with their early success which was the case against Ateneo when FEU found itself trailing by a double-digit margin in the first quarter.

“Like going into the game (against Ateneo), they know that Kiefer (Ravena) won’t be playing. That’s probably the reason why we started that way,” said Racela.

Following the slow start, the Tamaraws got their bearings back and survived the Blue Eagles in overtime, 79-75.

“Kahit gaano kahirap, kahit gaano kadikit, we will take it, especially with the kind of competition that we have this year. Anybody can beat you and teams are stronger than us, tanggap lang kami ng tanggap. Manalo kami ng manalo, that’s good for us,” said Racela.

After facing two tough opponents, the Tamaraws gun for their third straight win against winless University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

LaKazTaMa
07-05-2013, 05:14 PM
DIVIDED LOYALTY: Pingoy has mixed feelings as he watches FEU-Ateneo showdown from ringside
By Mei-Lin Lozada

July 04, 2013, 11:34 am
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JERIE Pingoy was an emotional mess on Wednesday as he watched from ringside while his present team Ateneo suffered a heartbreaker against his former school Far Eastern University in overtime, 79-75.

Although the former UAAP juniors MVP sat behind the Blue Eagles’ bench and wore a blue Ateneo polo shirt, Pingoy hummed along as the FEU school hymn was sang shortly after the Tamaraws' win.

“Syempre nanggaling din ako doon (sa FEU). School ko din 'yun, respeto ko na lang," Pingoy said, as if trying to explain himself.

But the Ateneo freshman, whose transfer from Morayta to Katipunan triggered a controversy that led to new residency rules on player transfers, admitted it was hard for him watching the game from ringside as the two teams battled it out for the full 40 minutes of regulation and an extra five minutes at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“Siyempre... ang hirap i-explain!” he said.

For a time during the post-game interview with Spin.ph, the 18-year-old son of former PBA player Jerry Pingoy had a hard time gathering his thoughts, but nonetheless tried his best to put them into words.

“Naghihinayang ako kasi hati 'yung pakiramdam eh,” said the former two-time UAAP juniors MVP who led the Baby Tamaraws to the UAAP juniors championship in his final playing year.

“Nanghihinayang kasi ito school ko ngayon, Ateneo, at 'yung dati kong school. Proud din ako na nanalo ang FEU kasi mostly naman friends ko sila.”

The Cebuano guard said he is emotionally attached to both teams, happy that FEU won and sad with Ateneo’s loss.

“Hati talaga 'yung feeling,” he said. “May masayang part at malungkot na part. Nagchi-cheer ako sa isa, tapos nagchi-cheer din sa isa pa. Ang gulo 'di ba?" he said.

(For full game story, click Romeo, Pogoy star as FEU Tamaraws outlast Blue Eagles in overtime.)

Despite the new two-year UAAP residency rule for freshmen and FEU's refusal to grant him a release that would have enabled him to suit up for the Blue Eagles this season, Pingoy insisted he harbors no ill feelings toward his former team and is genuinely happy for his former teammates.

“Ok naman kasi good friends naman ako sa kanila,” he said.

LaKazTaMa
07-05-2013, 05:16 PM
Garcia denies feud with Romeo, praises FEU teammate's transformation from 'solo' act to team player
By Reuben Terrado

July 05, 2013, 11:41 am
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A photo of RR Garcia and fellow FEU star Terrence Romeo dining together in a burger joint attracted a lot of interest on the social networking site Twitter on Thursday. Photo from Twitter account of Jens Knuttel
FAR Eastern University's RR Garcia has denied that he has a long-standing feud with Terrence Romeo as he praised his fellow Tamaraws star's transformation from a 'solo' act to a team player.

Garcia said the flamboyant Romeo has finally understood the value of playing in a team concept under new FEU coach Nash Racela, adding he believes the Tamaraws are bound to rise as his reformed backcourt partner continues to blossom in the UAAP this season.

The 2010 league MVP also insisted Romeo's transformation won't be a flash in the pan.

“Maraming nagsasabi kung ngayon lang ba ‘yan,” said Garcia after the Tamaraws' second straight win of the season against five-time champion Ateneo. “Tuloy-tuloy na ‘yan kasi mas nakakaintindi na siya ng basketball. Hindi katulad noon na gusto niyang solohin.

"Ngayon parang iniisip niya na puwede pala niya ma-involve ‘yung mga teammates niya. Kaya masaya siya ngayon,” he added.

One of the major reasons for the Tamaraws' sizzling start to the season has been the inspired play of Romeo, who had 12 assists in FEU’s season debut against University of the East then carried the Tamaraws in overtime in the 79-75 victory over the Blue Eagles.

Garcia has also been a recipient of Romeo’s assists as he contributed 18 points on 3-of-7 shooting from three-point range in the win against the Red Warriors.

More importantly, FEU's dynamic duo finally look like they're enjoying playing together.

They are constantly seen high-fiving and recognizing each other after a good play, debunking rumors that the two couldn’t get along. In fact, a photo of them dining together in a burger joint on Thursday amused many on Twitter.

Garcia clarified that he has always had a good relationship with Romeo.

“Sa loob at labas ng court, nag-uusap naman kami. Hindi naman totoo na magkagalit kami,” said Garcia.

Garcia said that he has also heard talks that their style of plays clash. He disagrees.

“Lagi inaadvice ni coach na maraming nagsasabi na hindi kami puwede magsabay dahil hindi daw kami magkatugma. Hindi ako naniniwala doon,” Garcia said.

Despite the 2-0 start, Garcia also believes that the team must not relax this early in the season.

“Hindi pa kami puwede magpanigurado. Marami pang teams na malalakas diyan. Hindi pa namin nakakalaban lahat. Siguro, one game at a time lang," he said. “Maganda ‘yung pinapakita ng mga teammates ko. Siguro tuloy-tuloy lang."

The peppery guard had 13 points in the overtime victory against Ateneo on Wednesday despite a bout with fever and a bum stomach days before.

“Hindi ako nakapag-practice noong Tuesday kasi may lagnat ako. Pinilit ko lang. Nag-LBM ako tapos nagkalagnat. Pinagpahinga ako ni coach, naka-recover naman ako,” Garcia said.

LaKazTaMa
07-05-2013, 05:17 PM
@dark knight-nice photos .

LaKazTaMa
07-05-2013, 05:27 PM
JERIE Pingoy was an emotional mess on Wednesday as he watched from ringside while his present team Ateneo suffered a heartbreaker against his former school Far Eastern University in overtime, 79-75.

Although the former UAAP juniors MVP sat behind the Blue Eagles’ bench and wore a blue Ateneo polo shirt, Pingoy hummed along as the FEU school hymn was sang shortly after the Tamaraws' win.

“Syempre nanggaling din ako doon (sa FEU). School ko din 'yun, respeto ko na lang," Pingoy said, as if trying to explain himself.

LaKazTaMa
07-05-2013, 05:29 PM
Pa-star pa rin cya. lol

LaKazTaMa
07-05-2013, 05:34 PM
Terrence Romeo: Staying True to His Words
By Paolo Mariano Posted Jul 5th 2013


Terrence Romeo is now doing more than just scoring points for Far Eastern University in UAAP Season 76.

On the game’s very first possession, Terrence Romeo, with his bright yellow socks, foam wrap-headband, and trademark spiky hair, drove to the lane. He passed the ball to Anthony Hargrove. It was stolen. A couple of possessions after, Romeo shot a three-pointer from the right wing. It didn’t hit the rim.

Barely three minutes into the game, he was taken out. He sat at the far end of the bench. Ninety-seven seconds later and with FEU down, 12-4 against Ateneo de Manila University, head coach Nash Racela signaled for his prized guard to return.

The simple gesture was like a jolt of lightning to Romeo. Like the most active kid in class being called for recitation. He excitedly jumped out of his seat and jogged to the official’s table.

The moment he held the ball anew, he penetrated and issued a drop pass to Gryann Mendoza, who was cutting on the baseline. He didn’t catch the ball. Maybe he didn’t expect the pass. Heck, maybe the entire Mall of Asia Arena didn’t. On their ensuing possession, Romeo once again dished to Mendoza on the right corner. He bricked the jumper.

The next time he got the ball, Romeo decided to take matters into his own hands. As if frustratingly telling himself: Fine, I’ll do it. He hoisted a three-pointer from the top of the key. Nothing but net.

Last season and the two before that, Romeo would’ve taken more shots in the game’s first few minutes. Well, why not? He’s a prolific scorer, who can puncture the hoop from almost any part of the 94’x50’ hardwood. But as he has promised this season, we’ll witness, in his own words, a new Terrence Romeo.

“Every game, I challenge myself to lead our team. I’m not just a scorer anymore. I’m more of a team player now,” said Romeo.

“At the start of the game, he was looking to pass, which means he’s willing to give up the ball. Pinuri niyo (media) kasi last time, pasa tuloy nang pasa (You praised him too much last time, now all he wants to do is pass),” said Racela in jest. “But that’s part of his maturity, knowing when to pass and when to score.”

Two games into Season 76, the Makati-born guard has kept his promise. He’s been doing a lot instead of just tallying points. He has led the Tamaraws to a 2-0 record with 22.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 7.5 APG, and 2.5 SPG. More importantly, he's been a steadying factor and a vocal leader.

“Laki ng pinagbago ng laro niya. Mas naiintindihan na kasi niya ‘yung basketball (His game has changed a lot. That’s because his basketball knowledge has improved),” said backcourt mate RR Garcia. “He knows he can’t do it by himself.”

With 12 seconds left in the third quarter, Romeo wanted to go for the last shot. Nash, however, motioned for him to give the ball to Mike Tolomia, who is also a terrific one-on-one player. Romeo obeyed and Tolomia sank a beautiful step-back three-pointer at the buzzer.

Romeo’s former coaches Glenn Capacio and Bert Flores would’ve liked him to take that shot. Why wouldn’t they? He’s FEU’s main man. But what Racela is trying to do is introduce a new dynamic to his game: from me-me-me to us-us-us.

“I always tell him that every game, the opposing team’s best defender will be on you, so you must learn to give it (the ball) up,” said Racela, who’s in his first year with the Tamaraws.

Romeo, who averaged 3.5 assists last year but also attempted 17.5 shots per outing, had no qualms about it.

“Lagi sakin sinasabi nila coach na mas madali umiskor kapag nakaka-score ang mga kasama ko (My coaches always tell me that it’ll be easier for me to score if my teammates are able to score),” said the Mythical Five member and former Rookie of the Year.

“Kapag sinasabihan siya, nakikinig naman siya. Nagtitiwala rin siya sa teammates niya (When you talk to him, he listens. He trusts his teammates as well),” said Garcia.

Romeo has shot poorly from the field this season though at 33.3%, including a woeful 3-of-16 from long range. Chucking eight threes per game doesn’t exactly fit in his mindset makeover, but old habits do die hard, especially when that habit is taking shots, because there’s nothing more tempting in basketball than trying to score.

“I do still get out of control. But that’s what I’m trying to change. I should always be in control,” admitted Romeo, who led the league in three-pointers made and attempted last season with 2.5 and 7.3 per game, respectively.

After scoring 12 points before the break, Romeo struggled mightily in the second half. He only scored three points—all coming from the stripe. He shot 0-of-9 from the field with versatile Ateneo rookie Chris Newsome putting the cuffs on him.

The Blue Eagles’ defense helped them force overtime at 66-all. But Romeo decided to mix the old and the new in the extra period. Despite his previous misses, he buried a three-pointer off a nifty crossover on Newsome. He also stole Nico Elorde’s pass, with Ateneo looking to tie the count at 75 with 20 seconds left. Finally, he made four clutch free throws in the dying moments to seal the win for FEU.

Compared, however, to their opening day win over University of the East, Romeo 2.0 wasn’t in full display against Ateneo. He shot 4-of-18 and only had three assists. He knew it. He felt it. But as they say, you gotta do what you gotta do.

“Iba ‘yung kanina eh, dikdikan ‘yung laro, kailangan ko umiskor (The game earlier was different, it was intense, I needed to score),” said Romeo, who still top-scored for FEU with 21 points.

But that’s exactly the difference between the old and the new Romeo. The old one will score if he wants to. The new one will score if he needs to. So far, it’s been the new one we’ve seen. But old or new, it shouldn’t really matter. Even if he eventually breaks his promise, his supporters won’t mind as long as the Tamaraws win.

“I always think that I’m playing for my family and for the FEU community. Ayoko sayangin ‘yung tiwala na binibigay nila sa akin (I don’t want to waste their faith in me),” said Romeo.

LaKazTaMa
07-05-2013, 06:04 PM
FEU's Tolomia making the most of opportunity
By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 07/04/2013 8:25 PM | Updated as of 07/04/2013 8:25 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU) coach Nash Racela is glad to see guard Mike Tolomia step up and make the most of the opportunity given to him by the Tamaraws, who are off to a strong 2-0 start in UAAP Season 76.

The Tams, who were under the radar for most of the pre-season, stunned Filoil champions University of the East (UE) in their first game and then defeated five-time defending champions Ateneo in overtime last Wednesday.

Tolomia, a third-year guard who has often been overshadowed by teammates Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia, played big roles in both wins, scoring eight points to go along with five rebounds and four assists against UE, and then scoring 16 points against Ateneo.

Racela said his three guards “have their over personalities.”

“Terrence will always be Terrence, Mike will always be Mike, and RR will always be RR,” he said. “I always tell Mike, ‘You’ll have your time. You just have to be patient.’”

“During the start of our time together, Mike was really trying to prove himself right away. But I always remind him that he is surrounded by two good guys in RR and Terrence,” Racela added. “So sabi ko lang, just be patient and just be available and be ready any time.”

Tolomia’s patience has paid dividends. Against Ateneo, he hit a triple at the end of the third period that gave them a crucial 53-44 lead, then drained another three at the start of the overtime period.

Racela pointed out that Tolomia’s success is also an offshoot of the defensive attention paid to Garcia and Romeo.

“That’s an effect of having an RR and a Terrence – that will open up things for Mike,” said the coach. “But I’m happy for him because he’s always ready, and he hit big shots last game.”

Racela said Tolomia earned his playing time not because of his scoring skills but because of the hard work he put in on the other end of the floor.

“Talking about Mike, I’m not really concerned about his offense. Sabi ko sa kanya, if you want to play, you have to be a defender,” he said. “And credit to him, because in the last few weeks, tinrabaho niya.”

“That’s the reason he’s playing, because right now, Mike Tolomia is defending. ‘Yung offense niya is just a bonus for us,” he said

Joescoundrel
07-07-2013, 07:32 AM
Zobel Holds Off FEU FERN

Games today:

(Filoil Flying V Arena)

9 am- AdU vs UP (women)
10:30 a.m. - UST vs DLSU (women)
12 noon - NU vs FEU (women)
1:30 p.m. - ADMU vs UE (women)

ALJUN MELECIO exploded for nine of his 19 points in the final two minutes as La Salle-Zobel held off defending champion Far Eastern University-Diliman, 61-59, and seize the early lead in the UAAP juniors basketball tournament yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Baby Tamaraws held a comfortable eight-point lead at the 1:49 mark of the fourth quarter before Melecio drilled three consecutive triples for the Junior Archers to grab a 59-58 lead.

David Completo then split his charities to force the game's last deadlock at 59-59 before La Salle-Zobel’s Karl Maldinger calmly buried two free throws in the last 7.3 seconds. The Baby Tamaraws tried to turn things around but failed to launch an attempt in the dying seconds.

Renzo Subido finished with 20 points while Melecio added 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Junior Archers, who are unbeaten in two games.

Ateneo slipped past the University of the East (UE), 71-64, in the other game.

Michael Nieto had a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Thirdy Ravena chipped in 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Eaglets.

Magic Marata paced the Junior Warriors with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Reymar Caduyac had 12 points.

FEU-Diliman and UE dropped to 0-2.

The scores:

First Game (Jrs)

ADMU (71) - Ravena 16, Mi. Nieto 13, Ma. Nieto 11, Escaler 11, Mendoza 8, Black 6, Magpoc 3, Calilung 3.

UE (64) - Marata 20, Caduyac 12, Guttierez 5, Briones 4, Mohamad 3, Antonio 6, Altamirano 6, Del Rosario 5, Celarde 3.

Quarterscores: 20-13, 37-30, 54-49, 71-64

Second Game (Jrs)

DLSZ (61) - Subido 20, Melecio 19, Sajulga 9, Banzon 7, Maldinger 2, Romero 2, Castro 2, Isaac 0.

FEU (59) - Domingo JJ 13, Comboy 13, Lee 12, Escoto 7, Domingo JS 7, Completo 7, Aquino 0.

Quarterscores: 13-9, 25-26, 42-46, 61-59

LaKazTaMa
07-07-2013, 05:39 PM
Sir Manong Jose , pakilagay po sa thread ng juniors yun Post nyo..salamat po. hehe

LaKazTaMa
07-07-2013, 05:40 PM
UAAP: FEU crushes UP for UAAP lead
by Enzo Flojo
Sunday, 7 July 2013 4 Comments by JOSEF T. RAMOS

Far Eastern University (FEU), as expected, was too much for a struggling University of the Philippines (UP) squad last Sunday.

Terrence Romeo delivered 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Tamaraws blasted the Fighting Maroons, 75-57, to regain the top spot in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 76 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The Tamaraws raced to an early 23-12 at the end of first quarter before registering a 41-21 halftime lead and UP couldn’t recover even in the second half despite trimming down the deficit to 50-62 midway in the third period.

Romeo hit a jumper and a trey to extend the lead to 67-50 in fourth period. From thereon, the Tamaraws were never threatened to win their first three assignments.

“We need to control our emotions at this point,” said FEU mentor Nash Racela. “We were trying to guard against complacency. We must play this way every time.”

Ryan Roose Garcia scattered 15 points and Mike Tolomia added 10 for the Tamaraws, who also drew six rebounds and five blocks from Cameroonian center Christian Sentcheu.

FEU recorded a 28-of-77 (36.4 percent) field goal clip, while the Fighting Maroons were 24-of-84 (28.6 percent). FEU also outpaced the Maroons in turnover points (20-10), fast break points (13-9) and assists (16-11).

But UP won the rebounding battle, 63-52 – including 23-11 on the offensive end.

Raul Soyud paced UP with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Maroons stayed winless in three games. Chris Ball scored nine points, but he collared 19 rebounds and two blocks. (EF/Inboundpass.com)

FEU 75 – Romeo 20, Garcia 15, Tolomia 10, Cruz 8, Mendoza 6, Jose 6, Belo 6, Inigo 2, Aguilon 2, Sentcheu 0, Pogoy 0, Luz 0, Lee Yu 0, Hargrove 0, Delfinado 0.

UP 57 – Soyud 10, Ball 9, Lao 7, Amar 6, Wong 4, Marata 4, Gallarza 4, Desiderio 4, Gingerich 3, Suarez 2, Pascual 2, Asilum 2, Paras 0, Ligad 0, Harris 0.

QS: 23-12; 41-21; 62-41; 75-57.

LaKazTaMa
07-07-2013, 05:47 PM
UAAP
: FEU manhandles UP, stays undefeated at 3-0
Job B. de Leon
July 7, 2013 12:50pm

The Far Eastern University Tamaraws won their third game in a row at the expense of the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 75-57, in the first elimination round of the UAAP Season 76 men's basketball tournament, Sunday, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tamaraws led wire-to-wire, and by as much as 29 points, behind the hot-shooting duo of RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo. The Maroons tried to make it a fight by scoring 17 unanswered points bridging the latter two quarters, 62-50. However, they couldn't maintain their pace, and were limited to just seven points in the last eight minutes of the game.

FEU strengthened their hold at the top of the standings, 3-0, while the Maroons fell to the bottom and remain winless after three tries.

Terrence Romeo logged 20 points and 12 rebounds, while RR Garcia added 15 points, seven boards, and four assists. Mike Tolomia notched 10 points and five rebounds.

FEU head coach Racela was pleased with the way Romeo and Garcia are starting to click on offense. "I think it's a work in progress. There were moments in the game na minsan nag-aagawan, but you can't change it overnight," he said. "But there was one time noong naghahabol [ang UP] that RR was calling a play for Terrence, and pagbalik naman Terrence was calling a play for RR. And I think that's something they're trying to learn."

"At this point you need to control your emotions," said Racela, commenting on his team's record. "That's something that we're trying to learn, to guard against complacency. Si UP kasi over the last few years has had losing seasons, but sinabi namin this year is a different UP team," he added, pointing out that the Maroons had the top recruits this year in Paul Desiderio, Kyles Lao, and Agustin Amar.

Gyrann Mendoza opened the game with a triple for the Tams, as they took advantage of UP's slow perimeter defense. Mike Tolomia had his way as well, scoring their next seven points for a 10-2 lead.

Raul Soyud came off the bench to give the Maroons some presence inside, to pull UP within four, 14-10. But FEU pulled away in the last two minutes, fueled by a Terrence Romeo triple, and lay-ups off turnovers by Romeo and Achie Inigo made it a 23-12 tally after the first period.

The Maroons made defensive adjustments in the second, forcing FEU to take low-percentage shots. Meanwhile they asserted themselves in the paint on the other end. Rookie guard Kyles Lao scored seven points in a 9-4 stretch, holding the Tamaraws to just two field goals in the first six minutes, 27-21.

However, turnovers did the Maroons in once more. Picked off passes led to baskets for FEU, highlighted by Romeo and RR Garcia three-pointers, as they closed the half with 14 unanswered points, 41-21.

At halftime, FEU shot 16-of-40 (40 percent) from the field. In contrast, the Maroons were 10-of-40 (25 percent), including 14 missed three-pointers. UP had 13 turnovers against FEU's seven, leading to a 15-4 disparity in turnover points in the Tamaraws' favor.


A pair of jumpers from Julius Wong and Kyle Suarez made it seem like the Maroons would get back in the game, and Soyud's post attempts briefly narrowed it to 45-28. Garcia though, who was just 2-of-8 in the first half, began to connect from the field, scoring 10 markers in a 17-5 run, punctuated by back-to-back triples by Romeo, 62-33.

The Maroons tried to make it a game as the quarter wound down, finding Chris Ball for five points in an 8-0 run in the final two minutes, trailing 62-41 after three quarters. The run then carried over into the fourth as a Moriah Gingerich trey complemented quick baskets off stops, and twin lay-ups by JR Gallarza, totaling a 17-0 blast, 62-50.

But FEU decided that there wouldn't be a comeback for the Maroons. Romeo nailed a tough jumper to quell the run, and came back moments later with a challenged three-pointer with five and a half minutes remaining. The Tamaraws then started to clear their bench, playing out the clock to formalize the win.

The Tams finished with a 28-of-77 (36.4 percent) field goal clip, while the Maroons were 24-of-84 (28.6 percent). FEU also outpaced the Maroons in turnover points (20-10), fast break points (13-9) and assists (16-11).

UP won the rebounding battle, 63-52, including 23-11 offensive, but led only 7-4 in second-chance points.

Raul Soyud notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Ball had nine points and 19 rebounds. - CLP, GMA News


The scores:

FEU 75: Romeo 20, Garcia 15, Tolomia 10, Cruz 8, Mendoza 6, Jose 6, Belo 6, Inigo 2, Aguilon 2, Sentcheu 0, Pogoy 0, Luz 0, Lee Yu 0, Hargrove 0, Delfinado 0

UP 57: Soyud 10, Ball 9, Lao 7, Amar 6, Wong 4, Marata 4, Gallarza 4, Desiderio 4, Gingerich 3, Suarez 2, Pascual 2, Paras 0, Ligad 0, Harris 0

Quarter scores: 23-12, 41-21, 62-41, 75-57

LaKazTaMa
07-07-2013, 05:49 PM
Welcome to the UAAP, coach Nash Racela
by Carlo Pamintuan, sports desk editor, GMA News Online Sports

FEU has always been one of the teams to beat over the past few years in the UAAP. Surprisingly though, they were left out in a lot of Final Four predictions this year. But with one big win over UE, new head coach Nash Racela showed the league that his Tamaraws are a dangerous team, and that he is very good at what he does.

Racela did well as an assistant and a temporary head coach in the PBA and I think he’ll be an even better college coach. Why? Because he understands that pros are pros and amateurs are amateurs. Professional ballers know what they need to do. They can actually win without liking each other. College players need to be on the same page on and off the court. Visiting all the homes of the Tamaraws to better understand their personalities? Smart. Convincing RR Garcia that he can be more dangerous playing as the sixth man? Genius. Converting Terrence Romeo from points guard to an actual point guard and as a result, a player his teammates would like better? Miraculous.

The only thing that could be better than Racela coaching the FEU Tamaraws is if their management hires a coaching consultant, preferably foreign, to help out. Two heads will always be better than one right? Wait...what? Are you saying that this happened already? And it didn't work? Oh okay. Never mind. I guess teams should be smart enough not to rehash something that CLEARLY did not work before.

LaKazTaMa
07-07-2013, 05:50 PM
Raising hair - What do you mean Terrence Romeo is passing the ball?
by Nico Baguio, owner and editor of Humblebola, columnist for GMA News Online Sports

Far Eastern University Tamaraw Terrence Romeo's this guy with multiple personalities, much like his hair. Yes, the way he plays is very much represented by his spiky hair.

When it's all bouncy and moving from side-to-side, it means Romeo is aggressive at attacking the basket and not settling for jumpers. That sets up his entire game, much like how his hairband sets up up the entire form of his mane. And we saw that last game when he scored 23 points (True Shooting percentage of 55.4) and assisted on three-fourths of his teammates' baskets while he was on the floor. He was wheeling and dealing, slashing and passing, flying and diming.

Will we continue to see this side of Romeo? Or will we see the un-bouncy hair? When Romeo’s hair only bounces up-and-down, instead of sideways, it means Romeo is has gotten FEU's entire offense to stagnate. That's when Romeo is hesitant and unsure of himself. When his hair is not moving, it means Romeo’s just standing pat, settling for standing in a corner and watching as his team crashes and burns like last season. His hairband, unable to fulfill its duty of keeping its master's mop in form, slowly slides down from hairline to forehead. Similarly, when Romeo is not aggressive or becomes selfish, his entire team’s form is broken, slowly sliding from the perch it once held as a Finals contender to a lowly Final Four wannabe.

Yes, Romeo’s hair is a window into Romeo’s game. When he plays aggressively and his hair bounces so hard, it’ll be worthy of a shampoo commercial (Not another commercial!). When he plays passively or selfishly, he'll resemble Sadako, his hair covering his eyes from the horror that is FEU without Romeo.

Romeo's hair is his game, unless, you know, he decides to cut it, rendering this entire post moot.

LaKazTaMa
07-07-2013, 05:54 PM
For the Tamaraws, who also got six rebounds and five blocks from Cameroonian center Christian Sentcheu.- a career best !!! hehe

LaKazTaMa
07-07-2013, 10:23 PM
FEU's Romeo challenged by Ateneo rookie's defense
By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 07/04/2013 5:59 PM | Updated as of 07/04/2013 6:05 PM

FEU's Terrence Romeo attempts a jump shot against Ateneo's Chris Newsome and Frank Golla in the UAAP Season 76 game between the Tamaraws and the Blue Eagles last July 3 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Romeo scored 21 points and FEU beat Ateneo, 79-75, in overtime. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University’s (FEU) high-scoring guard Terrence Romeo admits he deviated slightly from his team’s game plan against the Ateneo Blue Eagles last Wednesday because of the challenge presented by his defender.

Romeo, who scored 21 points on 4-of-18 shooting, said he was challenged by Ateneo rookie Chris Newsome, who was able to bother him in stretches.

“Na-challenge ako sa depensa ni Newsome. Mabigat at mabilis,” said Romeo.

Newsome, who is in his first playing year with Ateneo after serving his residency, was able to push Romeo off his favored spots on the floor and bothered the former Rookie of the Year with his long arms as well.

“Nasasabihan kasi ako ng coach na huwag ko raw i-challenge ‘yung depensa niya,” Romeo said. “Minsan, kapag tino-topak ako, hindi ko sinusunod.”

“Sabi ko, gusto ko i-challenge ‘yung depensa niya,” he added.

Romeo’s decision nearly backfired as he missed three consecutive three-point attempts down the stretch, and the Blue Eagles were able to force overtime with Newsome hitting the game-tying free throws.

But the Tamaraws pulled out the victory in overtime, 79-75, to go 2-0 in the season.

Romeo had drawn praise from his coaches when, during their first game of the season against the University of the East, he tallied a near triple-double with 23 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists.

He could not match his assist numbers against the Blue Eagles, as he dished out only three dimes.

“Sa nilaro ko, hindi ako ganun kasaya,” Romeo admitted. “Naka-score nga ako, pero medyo bumalik ako sa parang, ang diniskarte ko pa rin, ‘yung sarili ko.”

FEU head coach Nash Racela noted that Romeo was trying to force the issue early in the game, but was still able to adjust to the defense.

“That’s part of maturity on (Romeo’s) part, knowing when to shoot and when to pass the ball,” Racela said. “But of course, I’m happy because even if we struggled during the start of the game, Terrence was looking to pass, which shows that he is willing to give up the ball.”

Romeo, who made the league’s Mythical Five last season, is averaging 22.0 points and a league-leading 7.5 assists per game after the first week of the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament

Sam Miguel
07-08-2013, 08:14 AM
UAAP: FEU routs UP behind Romeo, Garcia to stay unscathed

By Mark Giongco

INQUIRER.net

12:58 pm | Sunday, July 7th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Terrence Romeo continued his torrid play as Far Eastern University fought off University of the Philippines, 75-57, Sunday in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Romeo scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench for the Tamaraws, who claimed solo lead in the standings at 3-0.

“Same feeling when we’re 1-0. We need to control our emotions. What we’re reminding them, last year they were 4-0. So 3-0 is nothing compared to 4-0,” said FEU coach Nash Racela, who downplayed his team’s stellar start.

FEU led by as much as 29 points but still needed to another big push in the fourth quarter led by Romeo, who scored all of his seven fourth quarter points in a key response, to stave off UP’s fightback.

“That’s something we need to guard. We need to guard against complacency. This year is a different UP team. Anything can happen in a ball game,” added Racela.

RR Garcia added 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists while Mike Tolomia had 10 points and five rebounds as the Tamaraws backcourt did most of the damage.

FEU took control of the game early as Romeo and Tolomia scored 14 of their team’s 23 first quarter points to narrowly outscore UP. The Tamaraws took off from there and blew the game wide open with a 12-0 run to close the second quarter and take a 41-21 lead.

The Fighting Maroons pulled to within 12, 50-62, thanks to a 17-0 surge bridging the third and fourth quarters behind their bench play—before the Tamaraws regrouped and put the game away for good.

After hitting 14 out of their 28 attempts from three-point range in their previous game, the Maroons seemed to have run out of ammo as they shot just 2-of-25 from that area with the sharpshooting Sam Marata missing all of his four tries.

Marata, who scored a career-high 21 points the last time, struggled with just four points on one-of-eight shooting from the floor.

UP, though, dropped to 0-3 despite its edge over FEU in rebounds, 63-52, with Chris Ball hauling down 19. They turned the ball over 18 times which resulted to 20 points for the Tamaraws.

Raul Soyud was the lone Fighting Maroon in double-digit scoring with 10 points to go along with 10 rebounds.

Dark Knight
07-08-2013, 10:47 AM
Tough sched ahead. NU. La Salle. UST.

LaKazTaMa
07-08-2013, 04:26 PM
Basta maganda gising ni Man Of Steel ...kaya yan

LaKazTaMa
07-09-2013, 01:49 PM
FEU's Romeo named UAAP Player of the Week
The Philippine Star
Posted at 07/09/2013 12:15 PM | Updated as of 07/09/2013 12:15 PM

MANILA, Philippines - One of the reasons why Far Eastern University is on a hot start has been the transformation of Terrence Romeo.

Rued for his individualistic plays in his first three UAAP seasons, Romeo is meshing well with the team-oriented philosophy of new coach Nash Racela as the Tamaraws won their first three games.

The heroics of last year’s Mythical Five member earned him the distinction as the season’s first ACCEL 3XVI UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week.

Despite the new role, Romeo hasn’t relinquished his scoring ways, averaging 21.3 points per game.

But he has also averaged 10 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.0 steals in wins over University of the East, Ateneo and University of the Philippines.

“Hindi pa rin ako ganun kasaya sa laro ko,” Romeo admitted. “Nakaka-score nga ako pero minsan bumabalik pa din dun sa ginagawa ko na dinidiskarte pero sinusubukan ko talaga na mag-chip-in para makatulong sa team.”

Romeo began to show how he has changed on opening day against UE, producing 21 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists in an 89-78 win last June 29, and likewise scored 21 in a 79-75 overtime victory over Ateneo three days later.

On Sunday against UP, he hit 20 points, including nine straight in the fourth to end a 17-0 run by the Maroons.

Romeo bagged the weekly honor also presented by Gatorade and scribes from the national broadsheets, tabloids and online publications over University of the East’s Roi Sumang, La Salle’s Arnold Van Opstal and the University of Santo Tomas duo of Kevin Ferrer and Jeric Teng.

LaKazTaMa
07-09-2013, 02:03 PM
Sparkplug Romeo anchors Tamaraws’ sizzling start
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
9:53 pm | Monday, July 8th, 2013 FAR EASTERN University coach Nash Racela said his Tamaraws only need to look back at last season to realize there’s no reason to celebrate their 3-0 start in this year’s UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

“At this point, we need to control our emotions,” said Racela. “We always remind them that last year, they were 4-0.”

After the sizzling start, the Tamaraws struggled late in the tournament and eventually missed out on the Final Four.

This time, Terrence Romeo has flourished under Racela’s new system, where the star guard now shares the limelight with former Most Valuable Player RR Garcia.

“It’s a work in progress,” admitted Racela. “There are moments when they both want the ball. But you can’t change it overnight.”

Romeo averaged 21.3 points, 10 rebounds, 5.3 assists and two steals in the Tamaraws’ unbeaten start to bag the season’s first Accel 3XVI UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week presented by Gatorade.

“I’m still not happy with the way I play,” said Romeo. “Sometimes I still go back to my old tendencies, but I’m really trying my best to chip in and help the team.”

As surprising as FEU’s surge to the top was the unexpected plunge of defending champion Ateneo into the bottom of the standings.

Sorely missing their injured go-to guy Kiefer Ravena, the Blue Eagles skidded to a third straight loss following an 73-82 setback against fierce rival La Salle last Sunday.

“It’s an alarming start as far as the standards of Ateneo is concerned,” said new coach Bo Perasol of his Eagles, who reigned in the last five seasons under Norman Black.

“But I told them (players) that they shouldn’t be ashamed of being 0-3. It’s going to be my accountability. When you go out there, just tell them, ‘Blame my Coach '

LaKazTaMa
07-09-2013, 02:08 PM
1. Terrence Romeo – FEU
Wins vs. Ateneo (OT) and UP: 20.5 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 2.0 APG
Last week: No. 1

The UAAP Player of the Week retains the top spot after another masterful performance in FEU’s back-to-back wins. He put up a double-double average, proving anew that he’s not just a big-time scorer. He also delivered in the clutch against Ateneo, scoring six points in overtime to silence the defending champs. He’s at the stage of his career when he can take over a game. The Tamaraws were just a blip on the radar in the off-season, but thanks to Romeo, now everyone’s taking notice.

LaKazTaMa
07-09-2013, 02:08 PM
5. (Tie) RR Garcia – FEU
Wins vs. Ateneo (OT) and UP: 14.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 3.0 APG
Newcomer

We all know how skilled Garcia is. After all, he’s a former MVP. But what’s more impressive about him is that he’s willing to play Robin to Romeo’s Batman. Not all young players, especially of his caliber, would accept that role. Last week, he served as the perfect sidekick, averaging 14.0 points, while contributing in other areas. The Zamboanga native knows what it takes to win, and if that requires him to be a supporting player, he’ll gladly do it. Now, that’s a teammate.

LaKazTaMa
07-09-2013, 02:10 PM
Week 2 of UAAP Season 76 was even better than opening weekend. We witnessed a pulsating overtime game, an inspired late rally that just fell short, a crazy game-winner off a four-point play, and of course, the yearly skirmish between Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University, with the Green Archers snapping their six-game losing streak to their nemesis. Perhaps overshadowed by that entertaining game is Far Eastern University (FEU), which has stormed to a 3-0 lead in the team standings, proving preseason prognoses wrong.

LaKazTaMa
07-09-2013, 02:11 PM
The combined scoring average of FEU’s Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia in their first three games. Clearly, there’s no better backcourt in the league today than the Tamaraws’ prolific duo. They’ve led the Green and Gold to a 3-0 slate and are both among the early scoring leaders with Romeo spearheading the pack with 21.3 PPG and Garcia at the 10th spot with 15.3 PPG. Their offensive production is close to half of the team’s league-leading 81.0 PPG.

LaKazTaMa
07-09-2013, 02:17 PM
The Games That Play Us: Too Good & Too Bad
by Enzo Flojo
Monday, 8 July 2013

Be the first one to comment Save for a not-so-fast start, the full arsenal of the FEU Tamaraws was on display in their massacre of the rattled and tattered Fighting Maroons, 75-57.

Starring rookie sensation Kyles Lao, the Maroons stuck close to the Tams till midway in the second quarter, 21-27. It was a little unexpected, of course, since UP was no longer with starting PG Mikee Reyes and FEU was coming off a great win against the defending champion Ateneo Blue Eagles.

Without a clear-cut leader, the UP quintet was supposed to run like headless chickens against a dangerous FEU side, but with Lao and big man Raul Soyud hitting their stride, the Moraytans just couldn’t get significant separation.

By the 3:46 mark of the second canto, Lao, who has starred for Xavier School ever since his grade school days, actually seemed to keep in-step with FEU’s Terrence Romeo, who also had 7 markers at that point.

And then the fiery FEU guard teamed up with RR Garcia, Carl Cruz, and Mike Tolomia to mount a 14-0 blast to go into the lockers with a 20-point advantage. As for Lao, he would not score again in the game.

Nothing significant really followed after that as the Tams coasted for much of the third period, leading by as many as 29 points (62-33) with under three minutes before the payoff period began.

UP did make things a little interesting with a shocking 17-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters, but Romeo once again came to fore, scoring three straight buckets to shatter any semblance of a monumental UP fightback.

By game’s end, seven Tamaraws netted 6 or more points. Romeo led all scorers with 20 points while also hauling down 12 rebounds. Garcia backed him up with 15 points, 7 boards, and 4 dimes, while Mike Tolomia contributed 10 markers and 5 ribbies. Even mich-maligned big man Christian Sentcheu stepped up, grabbing 6 rebounds and blocking 5 UP shots.


Christian Sentcheu was a solid contributor for the Tams.
Needless to say, coach Nash Racela should be happy with his team’s three-game winning streak, though he hardly showed it when he was asked about how he felt during the postgame presscon.

He knows that a three-win start means nothing if FEU cannot get into the Final Four, and that’s what he’s focusing on. Remember last season, kids?

What’s interesting is that UP actually outrebounded FEU, 63-52. Soyud combined with Chris Ball to collar 29 caroms, but the Maroons failed to exploit this advantage by shooting under 29% from the field and under 54% from the stripe.

What this game made apparent is that the FEU Tamaraws are just too good to lose to UP this season, and that it’s too bad that UP just cannot catch a break. Heck, it’s been a few seasons since they last caught one.

LaKazTaMa
07-12-2013, 09:59 PM
Racela wary of Archers' much-improved big men
By Reuben Terrado

July 12, 2013, 08:18 pm


La Salle is a tough team,” says FEU coach Nash Racela. “Alam ko na ang strength nila is their bigs. With the way Christian has been playing defensively, malaking bagay siya for us against La Salle.”

FAR EASTERN University seeks to neutralize the big men of De La Salle as it seeks a fourth straight win in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tamaraws are looking to keep their unbeaten slate in the hopes of matching the 4-0 start of last season’s team in the 4 p.m. clash against the Green Archers.

FEU coach Nash Racela acknowledges the strength of La Salle lies in its big men as shown in the Archers’ 82-73 victory over rival Ateneo Blue Eagles last week.

Racela will obviously stretch his frontcourt against La Salle, and singled out back-up center Christian Sentcheu as someone likely to play a key role in the game.

Sentcheu had six rebounds and five blocks in the Tamaraws’ 75-57 win over University of the Philippines also last week.

“La Salle is a tough team,” said Racela. “Alam ko na ang strength nila is their bigs. With the way Christian has been playing defensively, malaking bagay siya for us against La Salle.”

At the same time, Racela downplayed another fast start by the Morayta-based squad.

“Same feeling when you are 1-0,” Racela said when asked about the hot start. “At this point, we need to control our emotions just like what we always remind them. Last year, they were 4-0. 3-0 is nothing.”

The Archers are currently on a high following a big win over the reigning five-time champion Eagles as they snapped their six-game losing skid to their longtime nemesis.

La Salle coach Juno Sauler, however, refused to be carried away with the victory as the Archers hope to bring the same mindset to the match against FEU.

“We treat every game the same,” said Sauler. “We play each game with the same mindset.”

Racela also recognizes what Sauler can bring to the Archers, who are looking to break from a four-way tie in second place with 2-1 win-loss slate.

“I know they are a well-coached team. I agree that he is a smart coach. Nakasama ko na si coach Juno before. Alam niya kung ano puwede niyang gawin sa La Salle,” said Racela.

LaKazTaMa
07-12-2013, 10:00 PM
Racela will obviously stretch his frontcourt against La Salle, and singled out back-up center Christian Sentcheu as someone likely to play a key role in the game.

Sentcheu had six rebounds and five blocks in the Tamaraws’ 75-57 win over University of the Philippines also last week.




just hope and pray if he can hold on against DLSU Bigs...

LaKazTaMa
07-12-2013, 10:06 PM
TEAM STANDINGS:

Team Wins Losses
FEU 3 0
Adamson 2 1
De La Salle 2 1
NU 2 1
UST 2 1
UE 1 2
Ateneo 0 3
UP 0 3

thadeus
07-13-2013, 06:55 PM
Galing ng habol kanina. FEU never gave up.

LaKazTaMa
07-13-2013, 10:04 PM
Amazing run last minutes on 4th quarter up to Overtime ! Boom! Feu 83- Dlsu 79 .

LaKazTaMa
07-13-2013, 10:05 PM
UAAP
: Teng flubs freethrows as Tams trip Archers in OT
July 13, 2013 6:41pm



Terrence Romeo carried the FEU Tamaraws in their overtime win against the DLSU Green Archers


Jeron Teng missed crucial freethrows in the endgame as the FEU Tamaraws stayed unbeaten on Saturday with a 83-79 come-from-behind overtime win against the DLSU Green Archers 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 even the 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.

The Tamaraws’ four-game unbeaten streak 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, including 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, 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 Jason Perkins and a short jumper by Teng, 8-6. FEU went on a 6-0 spurt after La Salle’s conversions, 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 Iņigo, 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.

FEU started breathing on the Archers’ necks after straight jumpers from Hargrove and Romeo inched the Tams within one, and a putback by Mac Belo finally swung the lead the Tams’ way. A turnaround jumper by Romeo widened the gap to three points, but a short stab by Van Opstal kept the lead at a single point. Both teams failed to score in the final minute to cap off a 35-34 first half in favor of FEU.

The Tams went ahead by five early in the third thanks to six straight points from Belo and Garcia. After Van Opstal’s three-point play, FEU again pumped in five points from Romeo to go ahead by seven, 46-39, convincing Coach Sauler to call for time with seven minutes left. The green and white slowly caught up, flattening the game at 48-all after free throws by Van Opstal.

The last few minutes of the third quarter were fought tooth and nail, 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, 58-54.

Thomas Torres converted on successive forays to the hoop, upping the lead to eight points, 62-54. The Archers led as much as 13 points after a triple by De La Paz from the left corner, but when Van Opstal was given a breather, La Salle failed to find the bottom of the ring in the last two and a half minutes.

Two triples by Romeo, a three-point play by Belo, free throws by Cruz and a lay-in Garcia all hacked away at La Salle’s lead, 75-73. Vosotros drew a foul but failed to convert anything from the line. After Belo scored on a stab inside, the Archers failed to convert anything, as the Tams’ effort sued for an extra five minutes.

FEU’s guard-oriented offense dominated the extra period, forcing Teng to take free throws and jump shots. La Salle managed only one field goal in overtime, a short stab by Van Opstal, while Teng added two points off free throws. Garcia and Romeo played the passing lanes perfectly to put the game away for their 4-0 record, 83-79.

Both teams put out almost equal efforts on rebounds, 52-51 in favor of La Salle, but it was La Salle’s free throw shooting that shot themselves to oblivion, as the team made only 13 out of 26 (50 percent). Teng made only three out of 11 attempts, while Vosotros missed the two most crucial free throws of the game.

Both Teng and Van Opstal scored season-highs, with the former registering 25 points, 15 rebounds and four assists, while the latter notched 20 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks. Perkins followed suit with 10 points and 12 rebounds, while making two of six attempts from downtown. - RAF, GMA News


The scores:

FEU – Romeo 25, Garcia 19, Belo 10, Tolomia 9, Pogoy 9, Hargrove 4, Cruz 4, Mendoza 2, Jose 1, Sentcheu 0

DLSU – Teng 25, Van Opstal 20, Perkins 10, De La Paz 9, Vostros 8, Torres 4, Revilla 3, Torres 0, Tampus 0, Reyes 0, Montalbo 0, Bolick 0

Quarter scoring: 17-21, 35-34, 54-58, 75-75, 83-79

LaKazTaMa
07-13-2013, 10:07 PM
FEU downs La Salle in OT to remain unscathed
By Richard Dy

July 13, 2013, 07:04 pm


Terrence Romeo leads the Tamaraws with 25 points, four rebounds and five assists.

FAR Eastern University unleashed a crippling 23-6 blast bridging the fourth period and overtime as it nosed out De La Salle University, 83-79, on Saturday to maintain its immaculate record in UAAP Season 76 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tamaraws went up, 4-0, the lone unbeaten team in the tournament. But they had to earn the win against the Green Archers, who managed to keep up with the veteran roster of new FEU coach Nash Racela.

“La Salle had a very great game plan kasi naka-counter nila ginagawa namin. It took us a while though the good thing was my players knew how to execute in the end,” said Racela.

Racela said he gave no special instructions for his wards, especially after La Salle established its largest lead at 73-60 on a three-pointer from Luigi Manlapaz with 2:38 to go in the fourth period.

“All I told them was, ‘anong ggawin natin, bibigay ba tyo?’ It was good because they responded. We just did a little adjustment defensively,” he added.

Terrence Romeo led the Tamaraws with 25 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals, RR Garcia and Mark Belo did much of the damage in the end.

Garcia scored four of his 19 points in the extra period, while Belo finished with a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds, including the game-tying layup that forged the overtime at 75-all.

The Green Archers have no one else to blame but themselves as they could shoot 50 percent from the foul line (13-of-26).

La Salle’s top guard Jeron Teng finished the game with 25 points and 15 rebounds, but he went just two-of-six from the free throws in the extra five minutes that hastened the team’s downfall.

The Green Archers dropped to 2-2.



The scores:

FEU 83- Romeo 25, Garcia 19, Belo 10, Tolomia 9, Pogoy 9, Hargrove 4, Cruz 4, Mendoza 2, Jose 1, Sentcheu 0.

La Salle 79- Teng 25, Van Opstal 20, Perkins 10, Dela Paz 9, Vosotros 8, T. Torres 4, Revilla 3, N. Torres 0, Tampus 0, Reyes 0, Montalbo 0.

Quarterscores: 17-21; 35-34; 54-58; 75-75; 83-79.

LaKazTaMa
07-13-2013, 10:09 PM
Racela said he gave no special instructions for his wards, especially after La Salle established its largest lead at 73-60 on a three-pointer from Luigi Manlapaz with 2:38 to go in the fourth period.

“All I told them was, ‘anong ggawin natin, bibigay ba tyo?’ It was good because they responded. We just did a little adjustment defensively,” he added.

LaKazTaMa
07-13-2013, 10:10 PM
Ang Angas ng panalo . stunning Victory !

LaKazTaMa
07-13-2013, 10:12 PM
Tams stage comeback to beat Archers
ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 07/13/2013 6:59 PM | Updated as of 07/13/2013 8:17 PM

FEU's RR Garcia attempts against LA Salle's Jeron Teng in their UAAP hardcourt battle on Saturday.

The Tamaraws maintained their clean slate by beating the Archers, 83-79. -- Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Far Eastern University (FEU) completed a brilliant comeback for an 83-79 overtime finish against De La Salle University (DLSU) at Season 76 UAAP men’s basketball on Saturday.

Terrence Romeo scored 23 points, including two crucial free throws in overtime, to help lead the Tamaraws to their fourth straight win.

RR Garcia provided FEU added boost by scoring 12 of his 19 points in the final period and the extension.

After trailing by 13 points, the Tamaraws staged a mighty comeback, blasting the Archers with a 15-2 run in the fourth quarter.

They tied the game 75-all near the end of regulation.

Jeron Teng went for the potential game-winner but missed and this allowed the match to move into overtime.

Garcia and Romeo then took over, pouncing on La Salle’s woeful free throw shooting.

Teng had four chances on the free throw line during extension with FEU up 3 points, but he made only one.

He finished with 25 points.

La Salle, which fell to 2-2, was leading FEU, 58-54, going to the final period.

The Tamaraws, meanwhile, maintain hold of the top placing with four wins

LaKazTaMa
07-13-2013, 10:18 PM
Tamaraws claw back from 13 down to stun Green Archers
By Celest R. Flores
INQUIRER.net
8:51 pm | Saturday, July 13th, 2013 1 249 190

Terrence Romeo FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Far Eastern University clawed back from 13 points down to stun La Salle, 83-79, in overtime Saturday in the UAAP season 76 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tamaraws went on a furious 15-2 run in the last two minutes — turning a 60-73 deficit to tie the game at 75 at the end of regulation — before taking advantage of the Green Archers’ dry spell in OT.

Terrence Romeo hit the 25-point mark anew, canning two triples to spark the pivotal comeback, while RR Garcia had 19 points — 12 in the fourth and OT, along with five rebounds and three assists.

“When were down 13 with 2 and half minutes left, and I just challenged my boys. And they stepped up and adjusted,” said head coach Nash Racela.

Mac Belo had half of his 10 points in the last minute and half, scoring the OT-forging bucket with 14.3 seconds left, while also pulling down 13 rebounds.

Mike Tolomia and Roger Pogoy had nine points each for FEU, which kept its pristine record at 4-0 and the only undefeated team thus far.

“We’re not trying to think about that now. We just look forward to the next game,” also said Racela, who has transformed the Tamaraws into contenders in only his first year.

The Green Archers dropped to 2-2, after abruptly losing stream down the stretch despite leading by as many as 13.

“La Salle had a very good game plan. They knew what we were going to do. It took us a while before we were able to adjust,” Racela said.

Jeron Teng had a season high 25-points but only had two points in the last 15 minutes of the game, shooting miserably from the stripe (3/11). He also had 15 boards.

Down three with 22.4 seconds left, Teng had four straight charity attempts but only converted one.

Arnold Van Opstal shared 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Jason Perkins had 10 and 13.

LaKazTaMa
07-14-2013, 05:24 PM
FEU climbs back from the grave
by Jane Bracher
Sunday, 14 July 2013

Terrence Romeo ran with the ball. He drove hard to the hoop, attracting all of the La Salle defense, and seemed to be in an out-of-body state where he would shoot the ball and save his team from absorbing what was supposed to be only their first loss of the season.

But instead, he passed the ball lightning fast to a wide open RR Garcia for the easy lay-up.

The connection was alive, electrifying even, and that helped the FEU Tamaraws climb back from the grave and deliver the victory in overtime, 83-79, against a shocked De La Salle Green Archers, Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tamaraws hit the ground running by swishing in two consecutive treys from the onset and continued to dominate until the end of the first. But La Salle was able to get their bearings in the following period to keep things close coming into intermission, 35-34, in favor of FEU.

At that juncture, star players of each squad were already in double digits; Romeo had 12 while Jeron Teng had 15. They eventually finished the match with 25 points each.

Teng though worked hard on collaring boards as he ended with 15 to go with four assists. While Romeo added four rebounds, five dimes and two steals.

“It says a lot about the character of this team. Kasi previously they always say FEU leads going into the endgame tapos lagi silang nagfa-falter sa huli. I think at least basing on this game, medyo baliktad yung nangyari,” said FEU head coach Nash Racela during the post-game interview.

FEU did, in fact, falter in the latter part of the contest. This time, however, they were able to reverse the outcome.

They held on to the lead for much of the second half and the third canto, only to have La Salle swipe it from their grasp thanks to a Jason Perkins trey 3:33 minutes before the start of the payoff period.

Perkins, who finished with a double double of 10 points and 12 rebounds, delivered another go-ahead trey two minutes later for a 56-54 lead after a seesaw battle from both squads as FEU fought to regain the advantage.

But a drive by Teng, who was already faltering from the line, gave La Salle a 58-54 lead coming into the deciding quarter.

This was when the real acid test came to threaten Coach Nash’s hard work with his FEU team.

“To tell you honestly, hindi ko pa talaga gaanong kakilala itong team na meron ako eh. But today I learned a lot from them,” Coach Nash proudly stated. “It was total team effort. Lahat ng binunot ko nag-deliver.”

Apart from the usual suspects of Romeo and Garcia, who poured in 15 of his 19 points in the second half, guys like Mark Belo, Mike Tolomia and Roger Pogoy proved that they were very much worthy of Coach Nash’s trust.

And they couldn’t have done it at a better time.

With 2:36 left to play, the Archers erected a huge double digit margin against FEU, 73-60, on a basket from rainbow country from the hot hands of Luigi De La Paz.

And that seemed like the end for the Tamaraws. After all, a double digit deficit is insurmountable, right? Most especially with only seconds left before everyone had to hear the booming “Last Two Minuuuuuteeess!” that almost always signaled a sense of finality, be it a win or a loss.

Not for FEU, not on that day.

A timeout was called. And Coach Nash knew exactly what to say.

“All I told them was: Anong gagawin natin? Bibigay ba tayo or hindi?”

The choice of words for the soft-spoken mentor woke something up in the boys in Green and Yellow.

The Tamaraws did not wait to hear the two-minute warning at all. In the next 12 seconds, Romeo quickly took back the De La Paz trey with one of his own. After that he scored another three to come to within nine, 66-75, with 1:50 left.

Mark Belo, who had 10 points, made crucial baskets with his composed hands in the clutch. He converted an and-one after Romeo’s trey, which was followed by two made charities by Carl Cruz for a 71-75 tally with 48 seconds left.

Garcia then scored, cutting down the deficit to only 73-75, sending the FEU crowd into frenzy and silencing the La Salle gallery.

La Salle was then given the opportunity to ice the game as Almond Vosotros trooped to the line for the first and only time in the entire game. Oddly enough, the 77% free throw shooter (spanning Seasons 74-76, this season he is only 25%) missed both freebies, leaving the door wide open for FEU.

The Tamaraws did not waste their chance as Belo escaped the Archers’ defense and put the ball in to tie the game at 75 all, giving them a new lease to maintain their clean slate.

In overtime, free throws were the difference maker.

Teng went to the line three times in the extra period and made only two of six. In total, he made three of his 11 attempts throughout the game.

Collectively, the Archers shot a miserable 13 of 26. And on the side of FEU, despite barely going to the line at all, they made sure to make the most of their freebies, making 10 of their 11 attempts.

In the midst of the free throw shooting woes of the Archers, the Romeo-Garcia connection struck once again.

With the Archers leading, 78-77, Garcia snuck the go-ahead basket from a Romeo pass, which was then followed by a Pogoy make for an 81-78 cushion with two minutes left.

Consecutive trips to the stripe were barely fruitful for the Archers as Romeo sealed their huge comeback win with some charities to tally the final score, 83-79.

Turnover points were also a huge factor for the Tamaraws. They collected 17 points as opposed to only five points off turnovers for La Salle.

Highly criticized and often underestimated, the Morayta-based cagers are now sitting atop the standings with an undefeated record of 4-0.

They showed that they too can win despite odds stacked against them. And that their hard work is not limited to the technicalities of the game, but also applies to their team and individual characters.

The question now is will they start feeling the pressure of being constant winners because of how they’ve been playing and their unbeaten slate?

For that, Coach Nash has this answer:

“I think from this point you always need to have control over your mind. Once you start thinking about 4-0, the people around you, yung mga alumni, yung ibang tao, then that’s the start of your downfall. We try to avoid thinking about those things.”

SCORES:

FEU (83): Romeo 25, Garcia 19, Belo 10, Tolomia 9, Pogoy 9, Hargrove 4, Cruz 4, Mendoza 2, Jose 1, Sentcheu 0

DLSU (79): Teng 25, Van Opstal 20, Perkins 10, De La Paz 9, Vosotros 8, Torres T. 4, Revilla 3, Torres N. 0, Tampus 0, Reyes 0, Montalbo 0, Bolick 0

Quarter scores:
17-21, 35-34, 54-58, 75-75, 83-79

Dark Knight
07-15-2013, 10:16 AM
two OT wins. We'll take it.

Dark Knight
07-15-2013, 11:32 AM
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Dark Knight
07-16-2013, 11:23 AM
If we get past NU tomorrow then i believe we will sweep the first round. With all due respect to UST of course.

LaKazTaMa
07-16-2013, 02:53 PM
Garcia bears brunt for unbeaten Tams
By Joey Villar (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 16, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - RR Garcia wants to cap his UAAP stint with a championship. And this early, the sweet-shooting FEU guard has been dishing out big games to help keep the Tams on track of their title bid.

With Garcia as spearhead, the Tams have racked up four straight victories, including a come-from-behind 83-79 overtime win over the La Salle Archers last Saturday.

Garcia keyed that triumph by coming through with 19 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two shot blocks, earning him the nod of the UAAP Press Corps as its ACCEL/3XVI Player of the Week.

Garcia, who averages 16.3 points, 4.8 boards, three assists, two steals and a block in four starts, bested National U’s Bobby Ray Parks Jr. the reigning back-to-back MVP, Ateneo’s JP Erram and FEU teammate Terrence Romeo, the first recipient of the weekly award backed by Gatorade.

Garcia, a member of Gilas Pilipinas’ cadet team, stepped up in the fourth quarter when he poured in eight points while feeding teammate Mac Belo for a twinner that sent the match into overtime.

“This is my last season with the UAAP and I really want to help the school win a championship,” said Garcia

LaKazTaMa
07-17-2013, 01:49 PM
Tams stake win run vs Bulldogs
The Philippine Star
Posted at 07/17/2013 8:31 AM | Updated as of 07/17/2013 8:31 AM

MANILA, Philippines - After a gutsy come-from-behind overtime victory that showcased the team’s character under severe test, unbeaten Far Eastern U seeks to sustain its charge today as the Tams face the fancied National U Bulldogs in the UAAP Season 76 men’s caging at MOA Arena.

The Tams picked up their fourth straight triumph at the expense of La Salle last Saturday, 83-79, in a statement game that saw them wipe out a 13-point deficit in the last 2:30 of the fourth and complete the job in the extra period.

But their streak is under threat from NU (3-1), one of the top pre-tournament favorites that’s deadset on getting their third straight triumph and grabbing a share of the lead in their 4 p.m. encounter.

Five-peat champion Ateneo, which finally broke into the win column following a 0-3 start with a 71-59 triumph over Adamson last Sunday, goes for a second straight win against a struggling University of the East (1-3) side at 2 p.m.

“NU is a tough team,” said FEU coach Nash Racela, recalling how the Bulldogs got the better of them when they met in the pre-season Filoil meet.

“(Bulldogs ace) Bobby Ray Parks is now surrounded by so many good players, so many shooters, defenders, and guys who would sacrifice their body to set him up. They have a good big guy, too, Emmanuel Mbe, who’s really been dominating so far,” added Racela.

NU coach Eric Altamirano is wary of FEU, top contender for him.

“They just came off a big win so we have to be prepare well for FEU. I think, right now, they’re looking as the team to beat,” said Altamirano.

“Medyo dikit-dikit ngayon. (It’s really a tight contest). You’ll never know who’s going to win it. Talagang very unpredictable itong season na to (It’s a very unpredictable season

LaKazTaMa
07-17-2013, 02:11 PM
Learning continues for Racela, Tams
By Anthony Divinagracia Posted Jul 16th 2013


“To tell you honestly di ko pa ganoon kakilala ‘tong team na ito, but today I learned a lot from them,” Racela said.

Far Eastern University (FEU) continues to learn new things from Nash Racela.

And the feeling is mutual.

Racela on Saturday discovered something new about the Tamaraws, who clawed back from a 13-point hole in regulation to steal an 83-79 overtime victory from De La Salle University and remain the only unbeaten team so far.

“To tell you honestly di ko pa ganoon kakilala ‘tong team na ito, but today I learned a lot from them,” Racela confessed before media men after the Tamaraws matched their 4-0 start last season.

The Tamaraws looked good as dead in the final 2:30 of regulation until Terrence Romeo, RR Garcia, and Mark Belo fueled a blistering 15-2 run to erase a 60-73 deficit and force the extra period.

“It says a lot about the character of this team. Previously they always say FEU leads going to the endgame tapos lagi silang nagpa-falter sa huli. At least basing on this game baliktad yung nangyari.”

In overtime, the Tamaraws held La Salle to just a field goal and put Jeron Teng on the line, where he struggled big time, missing four crucial freethrows in the final minute as FEU completed its mighty comeback.

“It was total team effort. Lahat ng binunot ko nag-deliver,” Racela said, who praised Belo, Roger Pogoy, Carl Cruz, and Christian Sentcheu aside from Romeo and Garcia.

Belo had a breakout game, scoring 10 points and hauling a career-high 13 rebounds. Pogoy chipped in nine markers but grabbed six crucial offensive boards.

Cruz and Sentcheu hardly figured in the stat sheet but held their ground against La Salle bigger frontline.

“(Carl) Cruz was sacrificing his body against the big guys, while Sentcheu did a great job against (Arnold) Van Opstal in overtime,” Racela recalled.

No doubt, FEU has a proven offensive arsenal. But Racela believes their looming “D” will be a far greater weapon in future hardcourt battles.

“Defense is really our key. If we make stops we get extra possessions and we we’ll able to run. I think nasagot yung tanong ko kung kaya ba naming dumepensa. La Salle is one of the tallest teams this year. If you were able to defend that way against them, magandang senyales yun .”

Despite a 4-0 card, Racela sees neither statistical nor psychological advantage for the league-leading Tamaraws.

“I think at this point we only have to control our mind. Once you start thinking of your record, regardless if it’s a good or bad record, and the people around you that’s the start of your downfall. We’ll just look forward to the next game against NU (National University).”

LaKazTaMa
07-17-2013, 02:15 PM
Raging FEU faces biggest test yet
By Josiah Albelda Posted Jul 17th 2013


Terrence Romeo, who leads the UAAP in both scoring and assists, will spearhead FEU once more as the Tamaraws put their unblemished record on the line against the NU Bulldogs.

Raging and all, Far Eastern University faces its biggest test yet.

The Tamaraws lock horns with contender National University in the homestretch of the 76th UAAP men's basketball tournament first round Wednesday at 4 p.m. the Mall of Asia Arena.

With four wins in the bag, FEU looks to avoid the fate of its Season 75 incarnation, who after winning their first four games, sputtered with a 5-5 record the rest of the way to miss the Final Four.

"When you start thinking about the people around you, that can be the start of your downfall," said the Tamaraws' rookie coach Nash Racela. "You always need to have control in your mind."

FEU seems to have been doing just that and with arguably the best player in the UAAP right now in Terrence Romeo, they are bound to do greater things.

Romeo is leading the league in points (22.3), assists (5.3) and steals (2.0) while also placing in the top 10 in rebounding -- numbers not expected of the gunslinging junior before the season began.

On the other hand, the Bulldogs have not seen their season gone according to plan, losing a game to unheralded Adamson University and, more importantly, losing Alfred Aroga to ineligibility.

But they will definitely be no pushovers, as they have shown in crushing University of the Philippines that they can rev up and destroy a team in a few minutes' time.

Two-time MVP Ray Parks remain as NU's heart and soul while Jean Mbe has been providing double-double after double-double as the Bulldogs attempt to stop a title drought that has lasted for more than half a century.

The game will air live on Studio 23, BALLS HD 167 and uaapsports.tv with a same day replay at 11 p.m. on BALLS SkyCable channel 34/ Destiny Cable channel 36.

LaKazTaMa
07-17-2013, 07:53 PM
Tamaraws survive Bulldogs' fightback behind late Romeo flurry
By Karlo Sacamos

July 17, 2013, 06:44 pm


FEU's Terrence Romeo scored 24 points to lead the Tams past Bobby Ray Parks and the NU Bulldogs.

FAR Eastern University withstood a late fightback by National University behind the clutch plays of Terrence Romeo as it hacked out an 87-83 victory on Wednesday to remain unbeaten in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Romeo fired 24 points, including four in the last 30 seconds, to preserve the victory after the Tamaraws almost squandered a 20-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

“It’s how you finish,” Tamaraws coach Nash Racela later said. “We should learn from this game and can’t be satisfied.”

The Tamaraws stretched their winning streak to five games as they maintained their position atop the standings while matching the school's best start since the Morayta-based squad won its first seven games three years ago.

Reigning league MVP Ray Parks and Emmanuel Mbe combined for 53 points and fuelled the Bulldogs’ rally that went for naught in the end as the team suffered only its second loss in five games.

The Bulldogs banked on a 21-4 scoring salvo, capped by a Robin Roņo triple, to close within 85-83 with 8.8 seconds remaining, before Romeo iced the game with two free throws in the next possession.

While it was his charities and a layup off his non-shooting hand that made the difference for FEU, Romeo’s three-point shooting also contributed heavily in his output as the fourth-year guard went 6-of-10 from behind the arc.

RR Garcia and Mike Tolomia, who form two-thirds of FEU’s triple-guard threat along with Romeo, were both held to single-digit outputs, allowing unheralded players Carl Cruz and Gryann Mendoza to step up.

“Defense will really focus on the three guys, so that will open up a lot of opportunities for the other guys,” Racela said.

The scores:

FEU (87) - Romeo 24, Cruz 13, Mendoza 10, Garcia 9, Tolomia 7, Belo 6, Pogoy 5, Sentcheu 4, Iņigo 3, Jose 2, Hargrove 2, Dennison 2.

NU (83) - Mbe 27, Parks 26, Roņo 9, Khobuntin 8, Javillionar 7, Villamor 2, Rosario 2, Alolino 2, Porter 0, De Guzman 0, Alejandro 0.

Quarterscores: 28-16; 45-36; 68-48; 87-83.

LaKazTaMa
07-17-2013, 07:57 PM
UAAP: Red-hot FEU staves off late NU surge to go 5-0
By Mark Giongco
INQUIRER.net
6:45 pm | Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 1 57 0

Terrence Romeo. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Far Eastern University almost got a dose of its own medicine before weathering a late storm by National University, 87-83, in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The Tamaraws squandered a 20-point lead before leaning on star guard Terrence Romeo to get them out of harm’s way.

“Very simple. I always say it’s how we finish. We started really, really nice but we didn’t finish very well. Good thing si Terrence was able to make that layup to secure us the victory,” said FEU head coach Nash Racela, whose team hiked its league-leading mark to 5-0.

The Bulldogs, who dropped to 3-2, pulled to within two after a three by Robin Roņo, 83-85, with only 8.8 ticks left.

Romeo finished with 24 points, including two free throws to ice the game with 5.5 seconds left, to go along with three rebounds and five assists.

Last Saturday, the Tamaraws came back from 13 down late to stun the De La Salle Green Archers in overtime.

Romeo, who went six-of-10 from downtown, hit a left-handed layup to extend the Tams’ edge back to six, 84-78, with 26.5 ticks left after Ray Parks’ two free throws got the Bulldogs to within six.

The last time FEU went unbeaten in five games was back in Season 73 when the Tamaraws racked up seven consecutive games to begin the year.

Emmanuel Mbe and Ray Parks anchored NU’s comeback with most of their points coming in during their team’s 18-3 run that cut the deficit to four, 82-78, with still 46.6 ticks remaining.

Mbe dominated the shaded area en route to 27 points and 17 rebounds, 12 of which on the offensive glass while Parks added 26 points and eight rebounds but failed to register an assist and had three errors as FEU’s defense clamped down on the two-time MVP.

The Tamaraws, who never trailed, shot 15-of-29 from long range while the Bulldogs misfired on 19 of their 24 attempts from that area.

LaKazTaMa
07-17-2013, 08:02 PM
Tams survive late scare, stay unbeaten
By Aldo Avinante (philstar.com) | Updated July 18, 2013 - 7:14pm

MANILA, Philippines – FEU doused a furious late-game rally by NU to escape with an 87-83 win and remain undefeated in Season 76 of the UAAP men's basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay Wednesday.

Terrence Romeo fired a team-high 24 points to power Tamaraws, who also got offensive support from surprise contributors Carl Cruz (13 points) and Gryann Mendoza (10 points).

"Good thing other players stepped up because other teams will focus on Romeo, Garcia and Tolomia and it will give more opportunities for others to score," said FEU coach Nash Racela, who has done a solid job in leading the Morayta-based squad to an immaculate 5-0 record, its best since 2010.

The Bulldogs started a torrid rally in the payoff period after staring at their biggest deficit entering the final canto at 48-68.

The Tamaraws got careless and stared at a 10-0 run in the middle of the fourth period when their foes finally cut the lead to single digit, 72-81.

NU kept on clawing back to within striking distance when Ray Parks sank two free throws to cut the FEU’s to 82-72 with 46.6 seconds remaining.

Sportshub ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 But Romeo had other things in mind and nailed a dagger lefty in the lane in the ensuing possession to give FEU an 84-78 breather with 26.5 ticks left.

Joeff Javillonar converted on a quick play off an inbound for NU, while RR Garcia split his charities in the next possession to give FEU an 85-80 cushion.

Robin Rono drained a cold-blooded triple to move NU to within a basket, 83-85, but Romeo was there again to save the day, sinking two clutch charities for the final count.

"We have to learn from this game and not be satisfied. What's important is we have to improve our finish," said FEU coach Nash Racela.

Jean Mbe led the NU with 27 markers while Parks chipped in 26 points as the Bulldogs dropped to 3-2 (win-loss).


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LaKazTaMa
07-17-2013, 08:12 PM
Tams repulse hard-charging NU
By Josiah Albelda Posted Jul 17th 2013


Far Eastern University nearly blew a 20-point lead against National University, but the Tamaraws hung on to stay undefeated in the UAAP 76 men's seniors basketball tournament.

The Far Eastern University Tamaraws are looking more and more like contenders.

But before they get elevated to that status, Coach Nash Racela wants one thing fixed.

"It's very simple," the rookie mentor said after FEU survived a late assault by National University to win, 87-83. "It's how you finish."

The Tamaraws almost put to waste a 20-point lead, seeing their cushion get whittled to as low as two before holding on for their fifth straight win in the 76th UAAP men's basketball tournament Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

"We started really, really nice," Racela added. "But we didn't finish very well. We have to learn from this game."

Except for a late stretch when the Tamaraws allowed the Bulldogs to fight back with putrid shooting and lackadaisical ball-handling, FEU looked like a team unbeatable, making 15 three-pointers to keep their slate clean in the tournament.

The 15 triples the Morayta crew drained fell just one short of the UAAP record of 16 established by Adamson University seven seasons ago.

"Last game, (our three-point shooting) was really awful," Racela said. "Mabuti naka-connect kami today."

Terrence Romeo churned out MVP numbers anew, pouring 24 points and five assists while role players Carl Cruz and Gryann Mendoza added 13 and 10 markers, respectively.

"The defense will focus on Terrence, Mike (Tolomia) and RR (Garcia)," shared Racela. "That will open up a lot of opportunities for the other guys. Habang tumatagal ang season, we get defended and we get scouted. We'll look for other people to deliver."

The Tamaraws rode on hot shooting to bury NU from the get-go and exacted their vengeance over the team responsible for booting them out of the Final Four picture last year in style.

Jean Mbe starred in the late assault with 27 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks even as MVP Ray Parks continued to struggle with his shooting (6-of-20) but still came up with 26 markers and eight boards.

The scores:

FEU (87) - Romeo 24, Cruz 13, Mendoza 10, Garcia 9, Tolomia 7, Belo 6, Pogoy 5, Sentcheu 4, Inigo 3, Jose 2, Hargrove 2, Dennison 2

NU (83) - Mbe 27, Parks 26, Rono 9, Khobuntin 6, Javillonar 7, Villamor 2, Rosario 2, Alolino 2, Porter 0, De Guzma 0, Alejandro 0

Quarters: 28-16, 45-36, 68-48, 87-83

LaKazTaMa
07-17-2013, 08:22 PM
UAAP: FEU averts end-game collapse against NU
By JOB B. DE LEON,GMA NewsJuly 17, 2013 6:26pm


Terrence Romeo (L) was on fire, particularly from beyond the three-point arc, as his FEU Tams improved to 5-0. KC Cruz

The Far Eastern University Tamaraws continue to dominate in UAAP Season 76 men's basketball tournament, crushing the National University Bulldogs, 87-83, on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tamaraws played impressive team basketball for 35 minutes, raining three-pointers on the Bulldogs as the latter were still plagued by poor field goal shooting in the tournament's first elimination round.

But the Bulldogs stormed back, rallying around an unsportsmanlike foul called on Anthony Hargrove for contact with Emmanuel Mbe on a fastbreak halfway through the fourth period. The Cameroonian made both charities and the follow-up basket, complementing Ray Ray Parks' penetration play for a 14-1 run, 82-76, with two and a half minutes to play.

The Tamaraws, who succumbed to rushed shots and turnovers, held off National U with several offensive boards, until Parks was fouled after rebounding the ball with 46 seconds left. The defending two-time MVP then canned both charities, but Terrence Romeo replied with a driving left-hander to keep it a wide two-possession game with 26 ticks remaining.

The Bulldogs called a timeout and set up Jeoffrey Javillonar for a quick two, but they were forced to foul RR Garcia, who split, and National U raced upcourt for a Robin Rono triple, 85-83, with 8.8 ticks left.

National U fouled anew, this time sending Romeo was sent to the line, and he converted both charities. Without any timeouts left the Bulldogs triggered the ball to Parks, whose last-second three-pointer rimmed out as time expired.

Romeo notched a team-high 24 points and five assists, including a 6-of-10 clip from three-point territory. Carl Bryan Cruz added 13 points, while Gryann Mendoza scattered 10 markers.

"We started really really nice but we didn't finish very well," stated FEU head coach Nash Racela very plainly after the game. The 5-0 start is the team's best since beginning 7-0 in 2010.

Racela also commended the play of his role players who contributed offensively, saying it was a natural step in his team's development as they get scouted by their opponents. "That's expected. The defense will really focus on Mike Tolomia, Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia, so that'll open opportunities for the other guys. It's good they were able to step forward," he said.

The Tams currently lord over the rankings with a perfect 5-0 record, while the Bulldogs, 3-2, dipped to third place.

The Tamaraws started strong behind Terrence Romeo and Gryann Mendoza, who combined for nine points, including three triples, in an opening 20-9 blast. The Bulldogs tallied just one field goal, an and-one drive by Ray Ray Parks, until an Emmanuel Mbe lay-in with two minutes to play. But a couple more FEU treys, their fifth and sixth of the quarter, from Achie Inigo and Roger Pogoy, steered them to a 28-16 lead after the first period.

National U began to press and zone early in the second quarter, earning breathing room for Glenn Khobuntin and Robin Rono to lay an 8-2 run, 30-24. Little was going for FEU offensively, but Terrence Romeo kept them in front by knocking down tightly contested jumpers, scoring eight of their next 10 points, 40-29.

Yet FEU couldn't pull away as Parks and Mbe took advantage of the foul situation in the last two and a half minutes, offsetting jumpers by Bryan Cruz and Ron Dennison to trail 45-36 at halftime.

The Tams made 9-of-17 (52.9 percent) three-pointers to augment a 16-of-36 (44.4 percent) shooting clip after two quarters. In contrast, the Bulldogs were 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) from downtown and just 8-of-30 (26.7 percent) at halftime.

National U compensated at the line, going 18-of-20 (90 percent) while FEU made all of their four charities. The Tamaraws were also 13-5 in second-chance points despite trailing in offensive rebounding, 7-9.



Emmanuel Mbe (foreground) and Anthony Hargrove battle down low for the loose ball. KC Cruz
FEU slowly increased the margin in the third quarter, playing solid interior defense while showing good floor spacing on the other end, resulting in more three-pointers and room to score inside. The Tamaraws' lead swelled to 20 points following a 13-4 run, 66-46, on Garcia charities with under two minutes to play before settling for a 68-48 margin heading into the fourth.

Mbe tried to rejuvenate the flagging Bulldogs in the final frame, bannering an early 7-2 start. But National U couldn't cool off the Tams' sizzling outside shooting as they scored nine of their next 11 points from long range, 81-62, halfway through the quarter, before National U mounted their comeback.

The Tamaraws ended the game with an impressive 15-of-29 (51.7 percent) mark from downtown while finishing 30-of-71 (42.3 percent) overall. On the other hand, National U went 5-of-24 (20.8 percent) from beyond the arc for a 25-of-75 (33.3 percent) throughout the game.

The Bulldogs led in second-chance points, 26-19, off a 24-16 advantage in offensive rebounding. They also made 28-of-32 (87.5 percent) of their charities, while the Tams went 12-of-16 (75 percent) from the stripe.

Emmanuel Mbe finished the game with 27 points and 17 rebounds, while Ray Ray Parks registered 26 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs. - CLP, GMA News


The scores:

FEU 87: Romeo 24, Cruz 13, Mendoza 10, Garcia 9, Tolomia 7, Belo 6, Pogoy 5, Sentcheu 4, Inigo 3, Jose 2, Hargrove 2, Dennison 2

NU 83: Mbe 27, Parks 26, Rono 9, Khobuntin 8, Javillonar 7, Villamor 2, Rosario 2, Alolino 2, Porter 0, De Guzman 0, Alejandro 0

Quarter scores: 28-16, 45-36, 68-48, 87-83

Sam Miguel
07-18-2013, 08:51 AM
Tams, Warriors triumph

FEU holds off NU to keep slate clean; UE trips Ateneo

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:40 pm | Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

FAR EASTERN University stayed unbeaten in five games even as University of the East joined the list of Ateneo conquerors in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tamaraws erupted for 45 points from three-point range, took a 20-point lead at the end of the third quarter before arresting a late meltdown to edge National University, 87-83.

Terrence Romeo accounted for six of the Tamaraws’ 15 triples to finish with 24 points. He also starred in the endgame with four crucial points inside the last 26 seconds after the Bulldogs threatened with a 21-6 rally in the last four minutes.

Earlier, Charles Mammie returned big from a one-game suspension as the Warriors hacked out a 72-68 decision over the defending champion Eagles, who took their fourth loss in five games.

Mammie dropped a game-high 20 points, the last two on free throws with 17.2 seconds left. He also grabbed 23 rebounds to lead the Warriors, who survived an Ateneo rally from 15 points down, 31-46, in the second half and improved to 2-3.

“We started really, really nice but didn’t finish very well,” said FEU coach Nash Racela. “Good thing Terrence [made the key baskets] to secure the victory.”

Romeo nailed a tough layup that gave the Tamaraws an 84-78 cushion and also canned two clutch free throws with just 5.5 seconds left after a Robin Roņo trey pushed the Bulldogs within a basket, 85-83.

The loss dropped the Bulldogs to third at 3-2.

“It’s all about mental toughness and that’s what we lacked,” said UE coach Boycie Zamar. “The Ateneo team had pride, our team had egos. When Ateneo caught up, it deflated their egos. They woke up at the right time.”

A JM Noble drive gave the lead back to the Warriors, 68-67, before a Roi Sumang basket padded the lead to three, 70-67, with just 47.1 ticks left.

The loss came just three days after the five-time champions ended an alarming 0-3 start with a 71-59 rout of Adamson.

FEU’s output of 15 triples was the most number of treys made in a single game since the 16 recorded by Adamson in 2006 and University of Santo Tomas in 2010.

“Their defense focused on the three guys (Romeo, RR Garcia and Mike Tolomia), so it opened up lots of opportunities for the other guys,” said Racela.

The scores:

First Game

UE 72–Mammie 20, Sumang 14, Alberto 14, Casajeros 8, Noble 7, Olivares 5, Santos 2, Javier 2, Olayon 0, Sumido 0, Jumao-as 0, Guion 0.

ATENEO 68–Tiongson 17, Pessumal 12, Ravena 11, Newsome 10, Elorde 5, Golla 4, Buenafe 4, Erram 3, Asuncion 2, Tolentino 0, Lim 0, Enriquez 0, Capacio 0.

Quarters: 18-12, 37-31, 54-54, 72-68

Second Game

FEU 87–Romeo 24, Cruz 13, Mendoza 10, Garcia 9, Tolomia 7, Belo 6, Pogoy 5, Sentcheu 4, Iņigo 3, Jose 2, Hargrove 2, Dennison 2.

NU 83–Mbe 27, Parks 26, Roņo 9, Khobuntin 8, Javillonar 7, Villamor 2, Rosario 2, Alolino 2, Porter 0, De Guzman 0, Alejandro 0.

Quarters: 28-16, 45-36, 68-48, 87-83

Dark Knight
07-18-2013, 10:22 AM
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LaKazTaMa
07-21-2013, 11:16 AM
Amp !!! cno kaya ang nag magaling na i-Closed yun thread D2...

LaKazTaMa
07-21-2013, 11:18 AM
A-tten-tion Sir Dark Knight . pano po nangyare yun thread natin naging Closed?

LaKazTaMa
07-21-2013, 11:29 AM
Spotless FEU faces big UST test
By Josiah Albelda Posted Jul 21st 2013


Terrence Romeo is expected to spearhead the undefeated FEU Tamaraws when they face their biggest test yet against the grwoling tigers.

Proving their worth in the last game, Far Eastern University faces yet another huge test.

The Tamaraws go up against second-running University of Santo Tomas in the 76th UAAP men's basketball tournament at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

FEU buried National University in their last outing, but had to survive a late flurry to emerge on top, 87-83, and book their fifth straight win.

And while coach Nash Racela was happy with the way his wards started the game off, he did not like how the Tamaraws squandered the humongous advantage.

"It's very simple," he said. "It's how you finish. We have to learn from this game."

Racela got a lift from unusual suspects last time, with Carl Cruz and Gryann Mendoza combining for 23 points to support Terrence Romeo's game-high 24 points.

"Habang tumatagal ang season, we get scouted, we get defended," Racela shared. "We'll look for other people to deliver."

Even with a perfect record, FEU will definitely not take the Growling Tigers sans Jeric Teng for granted.

"Malakas ang UST even without Jeric Teng," Racela insisted. "That's the dangerous thing about losing a player. You learn to play without him and let others step up."

Dark Knight
07-21-2013, 03:49 PM
Season 76 Feu Tamaraws : Lets go Green n Gold !!! thread now unlocked. Part 2 merged with the original.

LaKazTaMa
07-21-2013, 07:29 PM
tnx

LaKazTaMa
07-21-2013, 07:49 PM
FEU uses big 4th quarter to repulse UST
By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 07/21/2013 6:19 PM | Updated as of 07/21/2013 7:10 PM

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 2) The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws used a strong fourth-quarter charge to clip the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers, 77-67, and remain unbeaten in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament.

In front of nearly 15,000 fans at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday, FEU’s guards – Terrence Romeo, RR Garcia and Mike Tolomia – combined for 48 points as the Tamaraws hiked their record to 6-0 so far this season.

But FEU Coach Nash Racela sought to downplay their record, saying: “6-0 gives you the same feeling as 1-0. It doesn’t guarantee you anything.”

The Tamaraws broke the game open in the final period after going neck-and-neck with the Tigers for most of the game.

After ending the third canto leading only by six, 62-56, the Tamaraws opened the final frame with a 6-2 run – sparked by Garcia and Romeo – that gave them a double-digit lead, 68-58.

After a Clark Bautista triple gave the Tigers some hope, 68-61, Garcia and Tolomia took advantage of UST’s turnovers as they combined to score six straight points, giving the Tams their biggest lead of the game, 74-61, with 4:36 left.

The Tigers were never able to recover, and their misery was exemplified in a painful sequence for UST that saw both Karim Abdul and Aljon Mariano flub close-range attempts.

The Tigers, who were playing without injured guard Jeric Teng, dropped to 3-2 this season.

Abdul scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Kevin Ferrer finished with 18 points, seven boards and three assists.

But the Tigers clearly missed Teng’s shot-making, especially in the fourth quarter where they struggled to manufacture points and committed several turnovers. UST had only two field goals in the final quarter.

The Tigers were able to keep in step with the Tamaraws in the opening period, even taking a 21-18 first quarter lead thanks to Abdul and Bautista.

The second period was a nip-and-tuck affair as the Tigers seized a 27-23 lead off a lay-up by Ed Daquioag, only to see the Tamaraws score six straight points to seize the lead.

The two squads traded baskets for the rest of the period, but FEU took control anew with a 7-0 run late in the quarter, capped by a long jumper by Garcia.

Romeo, who scored only seven points in the first half, exploded for 10 points in the third quarter to help FEU gain some separation.

Romeo was also assessed an unsportsmanlike foul midway through the third period after tripping Daquioag, but his miscue was negated when Daquioag was given a technical foul for repeatedly clapping his hands in front of Romeo’s face

LaKazTaMa
07-21-2013, 07:51 PM
UAAP standings: FEU stays on top
ABS-CBNnews.com,07/21/2013 6:39 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws defeated the University of Sto. Tomas Growling Tigers, 77-67, to remain undefeated in the first round of the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament.

In an earlier game, the Ateneo Blue Eagles fought off the UP Fighting Maroons, 72-64, to claim their second win of the season.

UST dropped to 3-2, while UP remains winless at 0-5.

LaKazTaMa
07-21-2013, 07:57 PM
UAAP: FEU at 6-0 after defeating UST
By Celest R. Flores
INQUIRER.net
7:11 pm | Sunday, July 21st, 2013 8 52 4



MANILA, Philippines — Far Eastern University moved to within a victory of a first round sweep, disposing of University of Santo Tomas, 77-67, Sunday in the UAAP season 76 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

But the Tamaraws’ head coach Nash Racela is downplaying the impact of a spotless slate midway into the competition.

“Something that I’ve learned as a coach, 6-0 doesn’t guarantee you anything. It’s just a number,” said Racela, whose squad’s only assignment in the first round is Adamson.

But FEU looked inarguably dominant, flaunting its lethal three-point shooting with its three dynamic guards, Terrence Romeo, RR Garcia and Mike Tolomia, running the show.

The Tamaraws unleashed 11 triples, while the Tigers paled in comparison with just two. But it was the extra passes leading to those attempts that impressed Racela the most.

Mark Belo found a wide open RR Garcia for a timely triple, giving FEU its first double-digit lead of the game, 68-58, with 6:54 to play. UST never got nearer than nine after that.

“That’s something we really appreciate, when they make the extra pass. They have a better understanding now,” said Racela.

Romeo ended his streak of scoring 20 at five games, but just by a hairline as he led the Tamaraws with 19 points including three triples.

Garcia added 17 points, four rebounds and six assists, Belo 14 points, and Tolomia 12 points, seven rebounds and seven dimes — all of them while scoring at least a triple.

The Tigers, meanwhile, drew strength from inside the paint with Karim Abdul pouring 21 markers and 11 boards, also giving them their last lead at 35-32, 1:32 in the second.

Kevin Ferrer, who was wearing a face mask for his swollen cheek bone, added 18 but missed all of his four attempts from downtown.

UST pulled even at 46 midway in the third quarter but played catch up from then on.



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LaKazTaMa
07-21-2013, 08:00 PM
Streaking Tams near first round sweep, outgun Tigers
By Aldo Avinante (philstar.com) | Updated July 21, 2013 - 7:01pm

MANILA, Philippines -- The FEU Tamaraws moved one win away from sweeping the first round of the UAAP Season 76 men's basketball tournament after an impressive 77-67 victory over the UST Growling Tigers at the MOA Arena in Pasay Sunday.

Terrence Romeo starred anew, leading the Tamaraws with 19 points while RR Garcia, Mark Belo and Mike Tolomia chipped in 17, 14 and 12 points, respectively, to help FEU stay undefeated in six games.

"Our 6-0 standing does not mean anything. It's just numbers. Right now we just want to sustain our consistency every game," said FEU coach Nash Racela.

"Most important thing for us is to always improve on the little things and focus on getting better in every practice," he added.

FEU stringed together a pivotal 11-3 run in the middle of the payoff period to take a 74-61 lead with 4:35 remaining. Romeo, Garcia and Tolomia accounted for all the points in that crucial stretch.

The Tamaraws clamped down on the Tigers the rest of the way, forcing a bevy of turnovers and took advantage of the absence of UST captain Jeric Teng.

Sportshub ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1 "One thing we appreciate with our players is when they make the extra pass. If we continue to that we will be hard to beat," Racela said, as the Tamaraws took a 20-15 advantage in the assist department.

Karim Abdul muscled his way to 21 points and 11 boards while Kevin Ferrer and Clark Bautista added 18 and 14 points, respectively, for the Tigers, who dropped to 3-2 (win-loss).

FEU took a 39-37 advantage at the break after a nip-and-tuck first half.

Romeo led the Tamaraws with 12 first half points while Abdul carried the load for the Tigers racking up 11 markers

LaKazTaMa
07-21-2013, 08:04 PM
FEU stays unbeaten with 77-67 win over UST
By AARON VALDEZJuly 21, 2013 6:17pm

FEU Tamaraw Terrence Romeo (R) unloaded 19 points, as his side stayed perfect after six assignments. KC Cruz
Make it six straight wins in UAAP Season 76 for the raging Tamaraws.

The Far Eastern University Tamaraws again relied on the three-pronged attack of Terrence Romeo, RR Garcia, and Mike Tolomia to trample the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 77-67, on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“6-0 is the same as 1-0. It’s one thing I have learned as a coach,” said FEU mentor Nash Racela, “6-0 doesn’t guarantee anything. Those are just numbers.”

[Review the play-by-play of this game here]

While the Tams are a win shy of sweeping the first round, the Growling Tigers incurred only their second loss of the season, to fall to 3-2.

FEU played a close game in the first two quarters, leading by only two points at the half, 39-37, but they went on to outrun and outscore the Growling Tigers in the second half 38-30. The only squad without a loss in the UAAP went on a decisive 11-3 run early in the fourth quarter and maintained the lead until the final buzzer sounded.

“I think it’s getting better [their teamwork]. It’s a work in progress I always say that,” said Racela. “Basta importante sa amin is we sustain. That’s the biggest question eh, the consistency, the sustainability, kasi even all of us, with our personal lives, we’re not consistent.”

The trio of Romeo, Garcia, and Tolomia, aptly called the MRT Express [Mike, RR, and Terrence], combined for 48 points, 14 rebounds, and 14 assists, while Mac Belo chimed in with 14 points and nine rebounds.

The team converted 30 of their 66 shots (46 percent) and connected on 11 of their 30 three-point attempts (37 percent). The Team also assisted on 20 of their field goals, most coming on key possessions.

“That’s something I appreciate about our players, they make the extra pass”, said Coach Racela.

Both teams eagerly fired at each other in the first quarter, as UST opted for an inside-outside game, which the Tamaraws matched up by dumping three-pointers on the UST defense. Clark Bautista caught some fire for the Tigers, scoring seven points for them, while the Tams drained four early triples. An and-one play by Karim Abdul gave UST some breathing room at the end of the first, as the Tigers led 21-18 after the first 10 minutes.

In the second, Aljon Mariano converted on two trips to the hoop for four points, engaging Romeo in a point-for-point duel, until a tough shot by Ed Daquioag inside prompted Coach Nash Racela to call a timeout. The green and gold then scored six straight points, five points by Garcia, before forward Roger Pogoy committed an unsportsmanlike foul on Kevin Ferrer. The masked man made two of his four free throws and eked out two more off a reverse lay-up to snare the lead from the Tams, 31-29.

A triple by Garcia swung the lead in his side’s favor, but Abdul scored four straight points to make it 35-32 for UST. Mendoza made FEU’s seventh triple of the ball game, and Garcia added four straight to give them a four-point lead, 39-35. Luckily for UST, a short jumper by Bautista sliced the lead to just two points, 39-37, heading to the half.

The Tams capitalized on their three-point shooting, swishing in seven triples out of 15 attempts (47 percent) by the intermission. They also had the upper hand in the rebounding department, grabbing 22 compared to UST’s 19.

Garcia led his team at the half with 12 points, with Romeo and Belo adding seven points apiece.

The Tigers made one of only five attempts from three-point land, but added five second-chance points and six turnover points off seven FEU ball-handling miscues. All-in-all, they notched 15 out of 37 of their shots (41 percent), with their starters accounting for 35 points.

Abdul top-scored for his team at the half with 11 points, followed by Ferrer and Bautista with nine points each.

Both team scored in small bursts until they were caught in another deadlock at 46-all, after a split by Ferrer. The Tamaraws responded with a 10-2 stampede, with four different Tams stomping on UST’s defense. Abdul, Mariano, and Ferrer, who have emerged as the team’s big three so far in three quarters, managed to put up eight points before the third quarter ended, but not without FEU hitting their ninth and tenth three-pointers to end the third stanza at 62-56.

After Cruz split his free throws while Mariano made both of his, the Tamaraws went on another scoring rush, confusing the Tiger defense with fast break baskets, a run which gave them a baker’s dozen lead at 74-61. After Ferrer made his free throws to scrape two points off the lead, 74-63, the Tams and the Tigers entered a confusing sequence where neither teams were able to score for a span of a minute, until Bautista drew a foul and sank the ensuing free throws 74-65.

The Tams, despite slowing their game down, continued slashing as Pogoy kept the lead at double digits, 76-65. The Tigers inevitably ran out of juice, as evidenced by a sequence that saw Abdul miss close shots, two free throws, and commit a turnover. Free throws by Belo and a shot by Abdul inside locked in the win for Far Eastern U, 77-67.

When the dust settled, the Growling Tigers out-rebounded the Tams, 44-40, and won the shootout at the free throw line, adding 15 points out of 24 tries compared to FEU’s six makes from the charity stripe. However, the reigning PCCL champs struggled to score from the perimeter, making only two three-pointers out of 16 attempts (13 percent).

Last season's finalists also ran out of gas towards the end of the fourth quarter (Abdul played 33 minutes while Ferrer played 32), as they managed only a paltry 11 points in the final frame.

Abdul put up MVP-caliber numbers once again, tallying 21 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks in the loss. Ferrer, despite the mask, notched 18 points and hauled down seven rebounds, while Bautista, filling in for the injured Jeric Teng, added 14 points. Mariano, still hobbled, managed to put up 10 points.

UST swingman Jeric Teng continued to be evaluated on a day-to-day basis after suffering an anterior labrum tear in their loss against National University. According to reports, he is undergoing platelet rich plasma therapy to help his shoulder recover. - CLP, GMA News


The scores:

FEU 77: Romeo 19, Garcia 17, Belo 14, Tolomia 12, Mendoza 6, Pogoy 5, Hargove 2, Jose 1, Cruz 1, Inigo 0, Sentcheu 0

UST 67: Abdul 21, Ferrer 18, Bautista 14, Mariano 10, Lo 2, Daquioag 2, So 0, Lao 0, Pe 0

Quarter scores: 18-21, 39-37, 62-56, 77-67

LaKazTaMa
07-21-2013, 08:13 PM
FEU Tamaraws just perfect after rout of Tigers
Reuben Terrado

July 21, 2013, 07:07 pm


Terrence Romeo continues to show the way for the in-form FEU Tamaraws. Jerome Ascano

FAR Eastern University continued to amaze in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament, bringing down another top contender in University of Santo Tomas, 77-67, to remain unbeaten on Sunday at the Mall of Asia.

The Tamaraws, who hardly made it to most pundits' lists of potential Final Four teams after undergoing a major revamp in the offseason, improved to a league-best 6-0 (win-loss) and moved a win shy of a first round sweep of the elimination round.

Posters bearing the numbers ‘6-0’ began to appear in the FEU gallery in the late stages of the game as the Tamaraws opened a big lead over the Tigers, runners-up last season and one of the teams tipped to figure prominently in the title run this season.

FEU coach Nash Racela continued to play down the unbeaten record, insisting the Tamaraws are focused on getting one victory at a time.

“I’ll be consistent. 6-0 has the same feeling as 1-0,” said Racela. “I’ve learned as a coach that 6-0 doesn’t guarantee anything.”

Terrence Romeo had 12 of his 19 points in the first half while RR Garcia added 17 markers for the Tamaraws, who opened the fourth period with a 12-5 binge to pull away for good.

FEU took a 74-61 lead on a lay-up by Mike Tolomia after leading by only six points at the end of the third.

Mark Belo had 14 points and nine rebounds while Tolomia chipped in 12 markers for the Tamaraws, who now have a two-and-a-half game headway over second-running UST and Adamson (3-2).

FEU will gun for a sweep of the first round against the Falcons on July 28.

Karim Abdul had 21 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort for the Tigers, who played without their star Jeric Teng for the second straight time due to a shoulder injury.

The scores:

FEU (77) – Romeo 19, Garcia 17, Belo 14, Tolomia 12, Mendoza 6, Pogoy 5, Hargrove 2, Jose 1, Cruz 1, Inigo 0, Sentcheu 0.

UST (67) – Abdul 21, Ferrer 18, Bautista 14, Mariano 10, Lo 2, Daquioag 2, So 0, Pe 0, Lao 0.

Quarterscores: 18-21; 39-37; 62-56; 77-67.

tamarawz_14
07-21-2013, 09:07 PM
nice win!!!! nice game for pogoy and belo!!!!!

Dark Knight
07-23-2013, 10:18 AM
If we get past NU tomorrow then i believe we will sweep the first round. With all due respect to UST of course.

On track of my predicted 1st round sweep. Lets just hope we dont lose 7 straight games in the 2nd.

Dark Knight
07-23-2013, 10:21 AM
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LaKazTaMa
07-23-2013, 03:41 PM
Near-scuffle mars end of Tigers-Tams face-off
By Reuben Terrado

July 21, 2013, 09:53 pm
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UST coach Pido Jarencio and FEU board representative Anton Montinola exchange words at the end of the match which the Tamaraws won, 77-67. Jerome Ascano

A SCUFFLE marred the end of Far Eastern University’s match against University of Santo Tomas on Sunday involving Tigers center Karim Abdul and former Tamaraw Pipo Noundou.

Witnesses said Abdul and Noundou, who was at the stands, exchanged heated words during the traditional post-game shaking of hands after the Tamaraws beat the Tigers, 77-67, at the Mall of Asia Arena. (For full game story, see FEU Tamaraws just perfect after rout of Tigers)

Cooler heads prevented the incident from escalating into a brawl.

The exchange of words, witnesses said, may have something to do with a previous incident during the game where FEU center Christian Sentcheu was elbowed in the mouth.

Sentcheu is Noundou’s cousin.

FEU coach Nash Racela described the scuffle as a “misunderstanding with some people outside the team.”

“Nothing to worry about,” said Racela, who was also seen talking to UST coach Pido Jarencio after the scuffle

LaKazTaMa
07-23-2013, 03:43 PM
Racela refuses to be carried away by FEU's sizzling start to season
By Reuben Terrado

July 22, 2013, 03:37 pm


FEU coach Nash Racela says his squad should continue to work hard and not be carried away despite getting off to a rousing 6-0 start in the UAAP. Jerome Ascano

NASH Racela used to plead with the media not to talk too much about his Far Eastern University Tamaraws.

Now, he is resigned to that thought that the Tamaraws simply can't avoid the attention.

“At this point, after winning (six) games, you can’t avoid that anymore,” Racela said about the hype generated by their impressive start to the UAAP season which the Tamaraws sustained with a 77-67 victory over title contender University of Santo Tomas on Sunday.

Following a disappointing preseason, the Tamaraws hardly drew raves from pundits. But after beating runners-up UST on Saturday, the Morayta-based cagers stood just a win away from sweeping the first round.

The question right now, Racela said, is sustaining the run.

The FEU head coach admitted that at this point of their season, the important thing is for the Tamaraws to control their mindset and manage expectations as the team continued to roll past opponents in Season 76.

During practice before Sunday’s game, Racela emphasized to the team the need to be more focused now that the hype couldn’t be avoided.

“Before our huddle in practice, sinabi ko sa kanila ‘yung request ko sa press not to talk about us much because during the preseason, nobody talked about us,” said Racela.

“You can’t avoid that anymore kahit anong klaseng request meron ako sa mga kaibigan, sabi ko we can’t avoid that anymore. We don’t have control over that, the only thing right now is that we have to control the way we think,” said Racela.

The youthful coach insisted that the Tamaraws should continue to work hard and not be carried away despite being the runaway leader in the UAAP standings at this point of the season.

“It’s a work in progress. I’m always happy with our play basta we have to sustain it. That’s the biggest question right now - sustainability,” said Racela.

“Sa pagkakaalam ko, (a 6-0 start) doesn’t guarantee anything. Trabaho pa rin,” said Racela.

LaKazTaMa
07-23-2013, 04:03 PM
Unsportsmanlike foul endangers Romeo's shot at MVP trophy
By Reuben Terrado

July 22, 2013, 06:36 pm


FEU's Terrence Romeo, a strong MVP candidate, was handed an unsportsmanlike foul on Sunday after UST guard Ed Daquioag tripped while playing defense against him during the third quarter. Jerome Ascano

ASIDE from dishing out better performances, the chances of Terrence Romeo getting the MVP award will also be determined by how well he behaves in the next games.

The UAAP Commissioner’s Office has issued a warning on the Far Eastern University star for an unsportsmanlike foul infraction with an “intention to hurt” he committed on Sunday in a game against University of Santo Tomas.

UAAP commissioner Chito Loyzaga gave out the warning to Romeo through a memorandum and stated that any future foul of similar nature will result in a one-game suspension.

Under league rules, a suspension will automatically disqualify a player from any individual award, including the MVP trophy.

Romeo was handed an unsportsmanlike foul on Sunday after UST guard Ed Daquioag tripped while playing defense against him during the third quarter.

Romeo has been a strong early candidate for the MVP race, leading the league in scoring with an average of 22 points after six games. He is also averaging 6.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.7 steals this season.

The fourth-year guard also took the ACCEL 3XVI UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week for the second time this season after leading the Tamaraws to a sixth successive victory.

Romeo scored 19 points including 12 in the second half in FEU’s 77-67 victory over UST on Sunday. He also tallied 24 points including 6-of-10 from three-point range in the Tamaraws’ 87-83 win over National University last Wednesday.

After the UST game, Romeo said winning the individual trophy was not his priority entering the season.

“Sa simula, unang-una kong sinabi sa teammates ko, hindi na ako maghahangad ng award basta mag-champion tayo at mapakita natin ’yung improvement ng FEU. Masaya na ako,” said Romeo.

But when asked if Romeo will go for the MVP trophy now that he is an early favorite, he said: “Nandoon na eh.”

LaKazTaMa
07-23-2013, 04:11 PM
Romeo sparks rampaging Tamaraws
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
2:00 am | Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

FAR EASTERN University left its opponents jockeying for position as the Tamaraws secured the top spot with a perfect 6-0 record a full week before the end of the first round of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

“Coach [Bo Perasol] gave us the UAAP standings and everyone’s jampacked right in the middle, except for FEU,” said Ateneo star Kiefer Ravena as the Blue Eagles try to fan their bid for a sixth straight crown despite a poor start.

“We know the possibilities if we just keep on winning. So that’s our goal—to improve and get healthy—and who knows, we might get the chance to be in the top two and enter the Final Four.”

University of Santo Tomas and Adamson rank second to FEU with similar 3-2 records, followed by University of the East and National University, both at 3-3.

Even fierce rivals La Salle (2-3) and Ateneo (2-4) aren’t too far behind despite their early struggles.

FEU coach Nash Racela is wary, though, that his Tamaraws’ could become overconfident as the tournament progresses.

“We want [the players] to have a certain level of confidence, but not too much,” said Racela. “It’s something we always guard against—the players thinking that they’re way better than everybody else.”

But there’s no denying that spitfirish FEU guard Terrence Romeo is among this season’s best. Romeo normed 21.5 points, three rebounds and three assists last week to earn the Accel 3XVI UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week presented by Gatorade.

“We haven’t proven anything until we reach our goal [of winning the title],” said Romeo, who bagged the citation for the second time in three weeks.

FEU also remained unstoppable in women’s action after dumping University of the Philippines, 68-31, to keep pace at 5-0 with La Salle, which routed UE, 63-35

LaKazTaMa
07-23-2013, 04:21 PM
Tamaraws’ reign continues
by Jane Bracher
Monday, 22 July 2013

That was the goal in the all-important head to head match involving the top two teams dominating the standings.

For UST, it was separation from the clog in the middle and having a share of the lead.

For FEU, it was separation from the standings that would further cement their dominance this season.

Fortunately for the FEU Tamaraws, fate smiled upon them as they edged the UST Growling Tigers, 77-67, Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The win propelled FEU away from the logjam in the standings and put them on the verge of a sweep of the first round of eliminations.

“6-0, same feeling as 1-0,” FEU head coach Nash Racela put it simply.

An explosive first half was what greeted the fans at the jam-packed arena as both squads went at it furiously from the get go, evidenced by 13 lead changes in the first two periods alone.

The three-point arc was a best friend to the Tamaraws as they made seven of their 15 attempts from downtown while the Tigers only had one trey for the first 20 minutes.

Free throw woes also plagued the Tigers in the first half as they went six of 12 from the stripe, while the Tams were nearly perfect with four of five.

What was also surprising in the early goings of the contest was the fact that the Tigers weren’t their usual running selves. They had only two fastbreak attempts and converting nothing from it. FEU, on the other hand, had six points off the break.

The Tigers never ran the floor either in the second half. They finished the game with only two fastbreak points as the Tamaraws finished with 12 of their own.

“I think it’s (teamwork) getting better. It’s a work in progress. Basta ang importante sa amin is we sustain. I think that’s the biggest question eh, yung consistency,” said Coach Nash.

As thrilling as the first half was, the second half was never the same.

FEU dominated the last 20 minutes of play as the lead never swung back to the Espa?a boys with Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia charging through with 19 and 17 points, respectively.

Mark Belo flirted with a double-double by figuring in 14 points and nine boards. While Mike Tolomia also chipped in good numbers with 14 markers, seven rebounds and seven assists.

The Tigers were marred by multiple, even consecutive, miscues on both ends of the floor that ultimately hindered them from getting anything offensively. They had 10 turnovers in the second half alone. Their free throws also buried them further, 16 of 24.

Coach Nash would find comfort in seeing the 20 assists his team had against only 15 by UST. This resulted to a more effective shooting clip of 52.8% on 19 of 36 field goals.

While UST only made 23 of their 54 field goal attempts.

“That’s something that we really appreciate doon sa players namin, when they make the extra pass. Every time they do that we will be hard to defend. I think they have a better understanding now,” expressed an elated Coach Nash.

The fact that the Tamaraws had two imposing big men to work with also bode well for them. And while they barely made a squeak in terms of their production stats-wise, their alternating presence definitely took a toll on UST’s Karim Abdul.

They didn’t necessarily clamp down on Abdul as he still had 21 points and 11 boards, but they definitely wore him out. By the late stages of the third quarter, Abdul was visibly panting and walking up and down the hardwood.

Adding to the equation the fact that FEU was playing nothing short of stellar team basketball, the 6-0 slate for Coach Nash was pretty much inevitable.

“Something that I learned as a coach, 6-0 does not guarantee anything. Those are just numbers,” he shared thoughtfully.

With many touting the game as a possible Finals preview, for Coach Nash, nothing is set in stone.

“We’re just going for the next win. That’s all we’re thinking about right now.”

At this point in the season, many are turning their heads to the FEU team that was never talked about in the summer.

“Andyan lang yung big picture. We are well aware of that. But right now we want to focus on the small steps.”

But anyone who knew what Coach Nash was doing with this team already expected this kind of performance from them.

And for all the silence they received prior to the UAAP season, the Tamaraws are now hearing a lot of noise from everyone around them. But perhaps the loudest one of all is the confident voice inside their heads — the very voice that Coach Nash does not want distracting his boys.

“We always want them to have a certain level of confidence. But as coaches kami yung pumipigil sa pagakyat noon ng sobra sobra. We always talk about it. That’s something we always guard against — thinking na you’re way better than everybody else,” remarked Coach Nash on how he hopes to manage his team’s confidence.

He also added, “At this point, after winning five games, now six, you can’t avoid that anymore (people talking about you). Ang importante lang is we don’t have control over those people, the only thing we have control over is our minds, the way we think. We need to accept that they are talking about us now, but again it doesn’t guarantee anything. Trabaho pa rin.”

Operating in silence is perhaps the best case scenario for FEU. But as they are now at the cusp of an impressive sweep of the first round, it is how they operate amid the attention and the pressure — both around and inside of them — that will be the real test of whether they are, indeed, destined for greatness

LaKazTaMa
07-23-2013, 04:33 PM
Go for gold says Sentcheu lol

bchoter
07-23-2013, 04:48 PM
Tamaraws’ reign continues
by Jane Bracher
Monday, 22 July 2013

The fact that the Tamaraws had two imposing big men to work with also bode well for them. And while they barely made a squeak in terms of their production stats-wise, their alternating presence definitely took a toll on UST’s Karim Abdul.

They didn’t necessarily clamp down on Abdul as he still had 21 points and 11 boards, but they definitely wore him out. By the late stages of the third quarter, Abdul was visibly panting and walking up and down the hardwood.

Karim actually scored the least when Jose was on him because the later was more focused on bodying up Karim instead of going for the blocked shots unlike his two taller team mates.

tamarawz_14
07-23-2013, 09:53 PM
pogoy, belo, mendoza and cruz. if these 4 players consistently or almost scoring 6-10 pts each and playing good defense feu will be OK. sayang kung hindi na-injured si russel escoto mas okay sana line-up...

LaKazTaMa
07-24-2013, 06:13 PM
Olsen Racela the least surprised to see bro Nash do well in college comeback
By Reuben Terrado

July 23, 2013, 04:22 pm


“Minsan over dinner, we talk about basketball and FEU," says Olsen Racela of younger brother, FEU coach Nash. "Pero on advice, kayang kaya na niya ‘yun. Hindi na niya kailangan ng tulong ko." Jerome Ascano

WATCHING the action from his courtside seat at the MOA Arena, Olsen Racela knew this was one rare match where he will for sure be part of the winning side.

On one side were the Ateneo Blue Eagles, a team Racela's helped lead to championships during his college career. On the other were the Far Eastern University Tamaraws, now coached by his younger brother Nash.

“I was cheering for Ateneo and Nash,” said the older Racela. “Walang talo ang Racela.”

Olsen said he is proud to see Nash patrolling the sidelines in a major college game again after a brief and uneventful stint with the San Beda Red Lions in the NCAA back in 2005.

“It’s a long time coming for Nash. He has been praying for another chance at coaching in the college ranks," said Olsen, now an assistant coach at San Mig Coffee after a short stint as coach of Petron.

"Hindi naging maganda ‘yung last college stint niya. Talagang naghihintay siya and he has been praying for his opportunity. I’m just glad na nasa UAAP siya,” Olsen added.

Nash won a title in the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association with the Batangas Blades in 2001, but the task of turning around the underachieving Tamaraws has been his biggest break as a coach so far.

Olsen is the least surprised to see his brother lead the Tamaraws to a 6-0 start to the season.

“Alam ko naman na it’s just a matter of time bago makita kung ano talaga ang kayang gawin in Nash as a coach,” said the former PBA star and national player.

Olsen said the key to FEU's brisk start has been Nash's success in having Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia play well together this season, even though some people say the two Tamaraws stars can’t co-exist.

“Si RR and Romeo are playing well together. Sinasabi nila na hindi sila puwede mag-co-exist but they are doing a good job. And Nash has a big hand in this,” Olsen said.

"Grabe rin ang support na binibigay ng ibang players, they are really playing pretty well."

Olsen said he doesn't give Nash too much advice, simply because he feels his younger brother doesn't need one.

“Minsan over dinner, we talk about basketball and FEU," Olsen said. "Pero on advice, kayang kaya na niya ‘yun. Hindi na niya kailangan ng tulong ko."

LaKazTaMa
07-24-2013, 06:14 PM
Former Tamaraw banned from UAAP cage venues for rest of season
By Reuben Terrado

July 24, 2013, 04:36 pm


Cameroonians Karim Abdul of UST and Christian Sentcheu of FEU battled in a highly-physical game, with other players and a former player later getting involved. Jerome Ascano

FORMER Far Eastern University cager Pipo Noundou has been banned from watching UAAP basketball action at the games venues for the remainder of the season after being involved in a near scuffle in the Tamaraws’ recent match against University of Santo Tomas.

This was the decision made by the UAAP board an incident that could have caused a fight after the Tamaraws defeated the Tigers, 77-67, at the Mall of Asia Arena last Sunday.

Right after the traditional shaking of hands among players of the two teams, Noundou, who was in the patron section, exchanged heated words with UST center Karim Abdul. The two were separated to prevent further escalation of the incident.

The Cameroonian forward was also said to have hit a UST player on the back of the head.

Noundou is a cousin of FEU center Christian Sentcheu, who was apparently elbowed by Abdul in the third quarter of Sunday's match.

Abdul was not called for a foul but was later given a warning by the Commissioner's office for an unsportsmanlike foul.

LaKazTaMa
07-24-2013, 06:28 PM
blood is thicker than C...says pipo

LaKazTaMa
07-28-2013, 07:27 AM
Tams eye first round sweep of UAAP elims
Reuben Terrado

July 27, 2013, 10:49 pm


Terrence Romeo and the rest of the FEU Tamaraws are eyeing a seven-game sweep of the UAAP first round elimination for the first time since 2010. Jerome Ascano

FAR Eastern University goes for a sweep of the first round eliminations of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament when it takes on Adamson Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Tamaraws are eyeing their seventh straight win in the 2 p.m. encounter and a sweep of their first round assignment for the first time in three years.

In the second game, De La Salle and National University try to gain a share of second place as they lock horns at 4 p.m.

The league then takes a break for about two weeks to give way to the country’s hosting of the Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship.

FEU is coming off a huge 77-67 victory over University of Santo Tomas exactly a week ago.

A win over the Falcons will allow the Tamaraws to duplicate the same feat they pulled in 2010 where they also completed a seven-game sweep of the first round.

A victory will likewise give FEU a three-game cushion ahead of second-running University of the East and University of Santo Tomas (4-3), which lost to defending champion Ateneo Saturday, 61-57.

Adamson is also looking for a win in its bid to join UST and UE at second spot as it looks to bounce back from a 67-70 loss to La Salle last Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the winner of the NU-La Salle match-up forges a logjam at second place.

Coming off an eight-day break, the Bulldogs are eyeing to break their losing skid after suffering back-to-back losses against FEU and Adamson, respectively.

Standings: FEU 6-0, UST 4-3, UE 4-3, Adamson 3-3, DLSU 3-3, NU 3-3, Ateneo 3-4, UP 0-7

LaKazTaMa
07-28-2013, 07:31 AM
FEU Tamaraws shift into fifth gear
By FAVIAN PUAJuly 26, 2013 5:33pm


Let’s get this tidbit out of the way: the FEU Tamaraws did not make the cut in my Final Four predictions. I locked in UST, La Salle, National University, and Ateneo as my picks to contend for this year’s title.

I wrote off the Tamaraws for three reasons. First, they lost a key piece in Russel Escoto to a season-ending ACL injury. Second, the strained chemistry between Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia became more and more evident as the power struggle for the title of alpha tamaraw remained unresolved by the end of last season. Third, the influx of foreign talent fielded in other schools supposedly raised the bar of competition.



Terrence Romeo prepares to break down the defense of Ed Daquioag. KC Cruz Amidst the doubts, FEU has silenced its critics with a 6-0 record to jumpstart its UAAP Season 76 campaign. Watching the Tamaraws’ last two victories against the Bulldogs and Growling Tigers (both potential Finals previews), I saw something none of the other seven teams have, or found so far: the extra gear.

Take a closer look at those two wins. FEU’s 87-83 escape against National U was not as tight as the final score suggested. The Tamaraws blew the game wide open, leading by as much as 20 points in the third quarter, 68-48, before the Bulldogs made a furious rally that fell short. If I am Coach Nash Racela, my main takeaway from this game is that Emmanuel Mbe (27 points, 17 rebounds) and Bobby Ray Parks (26 points, eight rebounds) both delivered Mythical Five-caliber performances and still came up short. FEU took National U’s best punch and managed to come out on top.

In FEU’s 77-67 drubbing over UST, the Tamaraws were taken to the post by Karim Abdul (21 points, 11 rebounds) and pushed to the brink by masked man Kevin Ferrer (18 points, seven rebounds). Again, Racela saw that his team was able to withstand the barrage of points UST dropped on them. The Growling Tigers are known to string 6-0 and 8-0 runs in a hurry. It was crucial for FEU to have a counter to each flurry UST threw at them, and then some, which was what happened.

Granted, the Tamaraws were blistering hot from long-range, but that does not take away any shine from those wins. If anything, it emphasized the deadly shooters that the team has had all along. In those two games, FEU shot a combined 26-of-59 from downtown (44 percent). It was as if Anton Montinola secretly flew in Danny Green to give the Tamaraws valuable shooting tips during scrimmages.

Of course, those open looks from long-range do not happen without Romeo’s aggressive forays to the basket. I will borrow a term coined by ESPN sports analyst Bill Simmons. He refers to it as the “10 Percent Theory,” which is perfectly apt to describe Romeo’s game. The theory suggests that Romeo’s skill set is composed of 90 percent potential and 10 percent holes.

The easy cop-out is to nitpick the 10 percent where Romeo hurts his team, such as his insanely high usage rate (a euphemism for ball hogging) and his propensity to run out the entire shot clock. The criticism is off the charts, even though no other Tamaraw can fully replicate the other 90% that Romeo brings to the table. It is hard to imagine someone like Garcia or Mike Tolomia slash to the hoop or draw double-teams with the same frequency and effectiveness. For all the flak he receives, Romeo has played the way a bonafide MVP candidate should.



RR Garcia and Romeo have done a better job of complementing each others' games. KC CruzA clear definition of roles has allowed FEU to steer clear of stepping on one another’s toes the way it did for most of last season. Anthony Hargrove and Christian Sentcheu are tasked to protect the paint, Gryann Mendoza and Roger Pogoy have stretched their range, while Mac Belo and Carl Cruz consistently provide the intangibles and hustle plays. Most importantly, Racela has convinced Garcia to take a backseat role to Romeo, thereby settling the sensitive issue of leadership once and for all.

And when I say FEU has that extra gear, that term should be taken both figuratively and literally. The Tamaraws rampage from one side of the court to the other with every deflection and loose ball. Their players’ nostrils flare with the sight of a broken play. Combined with the league’s lowest average in turnovers per game, FEU ends up with more productive possessions that result in a shot attempt, a key element that swings the balance towards their favor.

That said, the Tamaraws are by no means a perfect unit. They still need to work on gang rebounding as they have been outworked on the glass when Hargrove is the only man waiting for the loose ball to come down. If this team can corral more caroms while maintaining their breakneck pace, there will be more available transition points waiting to be scored.

In 2010, FEU also came out of the gates strong, finishing at the top of the elimination round before settling for a bridesmaid finish in the Finals. Will the Tamaraws go into cruise control or run out of gas once again? We're eight elimination round games away from finding out. - AMD, GMA News

LaKazTaMa
07-28-2013, 04:30 PM
Sweep! sweep! Sweep! Sweep!

LaKazTaMa
07-28-2013, 04:30 PM
1st Round

LaKazTaMa
07-28-2013, 04:33 PM
Feu 74 Adu 71

LaKazTaMa
07-28-2013, 04:36 PM
FEU aims for 1st round sweep
By Josiah Albelda Posted Jul 28th 2013


RR Garcia and the rest of the FEU Tamaraws gun for a first round sweep when they take on the Adamson Falcons.
How about a sweep?

Far Eastern University guns for a first-round sweep when it takes on heartbroken Adamson University in the 76th UAAP men's basketball tournament at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Riding on the crest of an impressive six-game winning run, the Tamaraws lock horns with a Soaring Falcons crew coming off a disappointing loss to De La Salle University last Wednesday.

Adamson came back from a huge lead in the fourth period against the Green Archers, but got stopped on their tracks by a crucial and controversial call that resulted into three converted free-throws for La Salle and the eventual six-game suspension of the referee who called it.

Against FEU, the Falcons would have to quickly forget about that heartbreaking defeat, especially with the Tamaraws' three-headed backcourt dragon of Terrence Romeo, RR Garcia and Mike Tolomia staring at them.

The Morayta-based squad's troika of dynamic guards had a full display of their skills against University of Santo Tomas last Sunday, combining for 48 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists as they defeated the Growling Tigers.

Impressive as that showing may be, FEU coach Nash Racela is still looking for consistency from his wards.

"It's getting there," Racela said. "I think it's getting better. It's a work in progress."

While Adamson has to deal with the Tamaraws' guards, the league-leaders would have their hands full against the Falcons' bigs.

Ingrid Sewa is due for a big game after struggling through his last three since sustaining a shoulder injury against Ateneo de Manila University.

After norming 14.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in his first three outings, Sewa has only posted 5.0 points and 10.3 boards, taking a dip in his shot attempts while also not crashing the offensive boards enough.

Against a doughnut team like FEU, he would have the chances to bounce back.

LaKazTaMa
07-28-2013, 04:38 PM
1st Round sweep for Feu tamaraws 7-0 , Dark knight n Tamz_14 ..

LaKazTaMa
07-28-2013, 04:39 PM
MVP! MVP! MVP!

LaKazTaMa
07-28-2013, 04:46 PM
FEU completes first round sweep with win over Adamson
By JOB B. DE LEON, GMA NewsJuly 28, 2013 4:11pm


Terrence Romeo's heroics late in the fourth quarter delivered a 74-71 win over the Adamson Soaring Falcons, keeping the Far Eastern University Tamaraws undefeated after the first elimination round of the UAAP Season 76 men's basketball tournament, Sunday, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Romeo nailed a triple with two and a half minutes remaining to cap an 11-2 run, but ended it himself after a loose ball foul on Raouf Julkipli. The Falcon split, then converted on a coast-to-coast layup. Romeo wasn't finished though as he took advantage of a botched Falcons fast break with a long two, then matching a Roider Cabrera triple over Don Trollano's outstretched arms, 74-69, with 24 seconds remaining.

Adamson called a timeout and fed Jericho Cruz for a quick two, and pressed the Tams with 18 seconds left on the clock and a handful of team fouls to give. FEU took a timeout but were forced into a five-second violation, returning the ball to the Falcons with 15.9 ticks on the clock. But the Tamaraws made amends, pressuring Adamson on the perimeter to force Raouf Julkipli into an awkward one-legged three-pointer which missed the hoop entirely. The Tams called their final timeout with two seconds left, then triggered the ball inside to finalize the first round sweep.

Romeo posted a season-high 26 points and four rebounds on 10-of-23 shooting. Roger Pogoy, RR Garcia and Mac Belo notched nine points each and combined for 11 boards.

Tamaraws head coach Nash Racela downplayed his team's winning streak. "In our minds, you don't accomplish anything if you don't get to your goal," he said.

"We're anticipating every team to be tough in the second round," he said, noting that other teams were playing injured and that FEU were fortunate enough to remain healthy. "All we did was to take advantage while other teams were struggling, taking as many wins as we can. In the second round most of those teams will be complete, and there will be a target on our backs."

Racela also said that given the way his team has been playing, questions about Romeo's chemistry issues with RR Garcia have to be laid to rest. "At this point we really need to respect them. Sila yun eh, wala akong kinalaman dun. I just coach them, manage them," he said. "As a person if you're not willing to make changes nothing will happen."

FEU last swept the first round in Seasons 73 and 68, joining the UE Red Warriors in Season 70 and the Ateneo Blue Eagles in Season 67, 69 and 74 in the last 10 years. All except the Season 67 Eagles reached the UAAP finals.

The Tam's 7-0 card keeps them atop the league rankings, while the Falcons' loss sends them to 3-4, tying the Ateneo Blue Eagles at fifth place. The loser of this afternoon's DLSU Green Archers-NU Bulldogs match will join Adamson and Ateneo to form a three-way tie.

FEU found a handful of looks in the open court during the first quarter, as Terrence Romeo and Mike Tolomia leaked out for layups, offsetting gains by Ingrid Sewa down low for a 9-3 lead. The Falcons were struggling on putbacks and from the perimeter until Jericho Cruz responded with a three-pointer midway through the frame, teaming up with Rodney Brondial for a 7-2 run, 11-10, with under three minutes to play.

The Tamaraws then shifted gears and chipped away from the outside. RR Garcia knocked down a long two, then nailed a trey at the buzzer to bracket a 9-3 rally for the Tams, giving them a 20-13 lead after the first period.

The Falcons rallied in the second quarter as they got to the rim, as Cruz slashed inside and Ingrid Sewa overpowered the defense on the block. FEU defended their lead as Gryann Mendoza and Roger Pogoy connected from beyond the arc, 30-25.

FEU called timeout with five and a half minutes left to regroup. Though they better contained the Cameroonian center for the rest of the half, they couldn't score until late on twin drives by Romeo and Garcia in the last two minutes, 36-30.

But Adamson held together on defense and countered with a Cruz jumper, and a split charities by Sewa after he was fouled on the break. After another stop, drew contact after finishing a drive with six seconds left, but an offensive board led to a Brondial layup as time expired, capping seven unanswered points to lead 37-36 at the half.

Cruz and Sewa scored all but six of Adamson's 14 points in the quarter, and combined for 23 points at halftime. The pair combined for 10-of-17 from the field as their Falcons shot 16-of-29 (55.2 percent) after two quarters while the Tams were 13-of-37 (35.1 percent). FEU held an 8-2 advantage in fast break points but trailed on the glass as Adamson led, 23-18.

The Tamaraws' supporting cast stepped up after the break. Mac Belo scored six of their first 13 points, as he Tolomia and Roger Pogoy as they put pressure on Adamson's interior defense in a 7-0 run, 49-44.

But with three minutes to play, the Adamson bench stepped up to the plate as well. After a pair of drives by Cruz, four different Falcons chipped in, capped by a Don Trollano three-pointer with 22 seconds remaining. Romeo, however, gave FEU the final say of the period with a fadeaway jumper along the left baseline, trailing 56-54.

Adamson extended their lead early in the fourth quarter, 61-58, on a trey by Harry Petilos. But the Tams' offensive rebounding gave them fits, as Anthony Hargrove and Christian Sentcheu bannered inside makes for FEU while Sewa went 2-of-6 from the line, 66-63, with four minutes remaining, before Romeo went on a tear to close the game.

FEU shot 27-of-71 (38 percent) for the game, withstanding Adamson's 29-of-60 (48.3 mark). But Tams shot 15-of-17 (88.2 percent) from the charity stripe. In contrast, the Falcons were a disappointing 8-of-22 (36.4 percent), with Sewa notching 5-of-13.

Jericho Cruz led Adamson with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists. Ingrid Sewa and Rodney Brondial added 13 points while hauling 10 and 15 rebounds, respectively. - GMA News

FEU 74: Romeo 26, Pogoy 9, Garcia 9, Belo 9, Tolomia 8, Hargrove 4, Mendoza 3, Sentcheu 2, Jose 2, Cruz 2, Inigo 0

ADU 71: Cruz 21, Sewa 13, Brondial 13, Trollano 5, Julkipli 5, Agustin 4, Abrigo 4, Petilos 3, Cabrera 3, Rios 0, Monteclaro 0, Inigo 0

Quarter scores: 20-13, 36-37, 54-56, 74-71

LaKazTaMa
07-28-2013, 04:48 PM
FEU nips Adamson to complete first-round sweep
By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 07/28/2013 4:10 PM | Updated as of 07/28/2013 4:34 PM

MANILA, Philippines - (UPDATE 1) The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws nipped the Adamson Soaring Falcons, 74-71, to sweep the first round of eliminations of the UAAP Season 76 men's basketball tournament.

Terrence Romeo scored a season-high 26 points and came up big in crunch time for the Tamaraws, who now have a 7-0 record after Sunday's win at the Araneta Coliseum.

Romeo scored FEU's last eight points, including a cold-blooded three-pointer with 24.6 seconds left as the Tamaraws proved to be the more steady team down the stretch of the close contest.

Adamson still had a chance after Jericho Cruz scored on a lay-up with 20.4 seconds left to make it 71-74, and then the Tamaraws committed a five-second inbound violation as Mike Tolomia could not find an open teammate.

But Adamson's Don Trollano lost control of the ball, and Ar-raouf Julkipi could only manage a desperation heave with three seconds to go.

With their win, FEU swept the first round of the tournament for the first time since Season 73.

The Falcons took a 37-36 halftime lead thanks to Brondial, who connected on a no-look circus lay-up just as the buzzer sounded.

Brondial's lay-up capped a 7-0 Adamson run to end the quarter, which allowed the Falcons to rally from an eight-point first half deficit and take their first lead of the contest.

Adamson's record dropped to 3-4

LaKazTaMa
07-28-2013, 04:52 PM
Romeo delivers dagger vs Adamson as FEU sweeps first round
By Celest R. Flores
INQUIRER.net
4:20 pm | Sunday, July 28th, 2013 0 17 4



MANILA, Philippines — Far Eastern University swept the first round of the eliminations of the UAAP season 76 men’s basketball tournament after a 74-71 victory over Adamson Sunday.

Terrence Romeo ended the first round the way he started the season: the Tamaraws’ best player. He finished with 26 points including their last eight in the game.

LaKazTaMa
07-28-2013, 04:59 PM
Romeo bolsters reputation as league top gun as FEU completes sweep of first round
By Reuben Terrado

July 28, 2013, 05:07 pm


The flamboyant Terrence Romeo was the lone FEU player in double figures with a game-high 26 points, capping his heroics by scoring the Tamaraws' final eight points. Jerome Ascano

TERRENCE Romeo hit one big basket after another in the fourth quarter to complete Far Eastern University's sweep of the first round with a 74-71 victory over Adamson on Sunday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The flamboyant Romeo was the lone FEU player in double figures with a game-high 26 points, capping his heroics by scoring the Tamaraws' final eight points in a seventh successive victory that matched the team's start to the 2010 campaign.

After hitting a three-pointer, Romeo took advantage of a mismatch against a much-smaller Ar-raouf Julkipli to make it a 71-66 lead for the Falcons, time down to one minute and three seconds.

Not even the entry of a bigger defender could slow down Romeo as the celebrated guard hit another three-pointer against Don Trollano for a much safer 74-69 Falcons cushion with 24.9 seconds left.

Romeo's late-game explosion more than atoned for his cold 4-of-11 shooting in the first half and helped the Tamaraws complete a first-round sweep that FEU coach Nash Racela continues to play down.

“It’s an accomplishment but you don’t accomplish anything if you don’t get your goal,” said Racela. “We still have our minds set on the big picture.”

The Tamaraws' feat, though, has put them right on course to at last assuring themselves one of two twice-to-beat slots in the semifinals as they are now a good three games ahead of the rest of the eight-team field.

FEU's win didn't come easy as the Falcons kept the game close for most of the way, with Rodney Brondial's buzzer-beating shot putting Adamson ahead 37-36 at halftime. The Falcons still led 61-58 after a triple by Harry Petilos, 61-58.

After a Jericho Cruz lay-up, Adamson actually had a chance to tie the game after FEU's Mike Tolomia was called for a five-second violation, 74-71, with 15.9 seconds left. But Julkipli missed an off-balanced three-point attempt in the game's most important play.

Adamson suffered its second straight loss and fell to a tie with defending champion Ateneo at 3-4 (win-loss).

The scores:

FEU (74) – Romeo 26, Pogoy 9, Garcia 9, Belo 9, Tolomia 8, Hargrove 4, Mendoza 3, Sentcheu 2, Jose 2, Cruz 2, Inigo 0.

Adamson (71) – Cruz 21, Sewa 13, Brondial 13, Trollano 5, Julkipli 5, Agustin 4, Abrigo 4, Petilos 3, Cabrera 3, Rios 0, Monteclaro 0, Inigo 0.

Quarterscores: 20-13; 36-37; 54-56; 74-71.

tamarawz_14
07-28-2013, 10:37 PM
masarap manood ng fiba-asia at mahaba-haba ang pahinga ng tams.... time for adjustments sa 2nd round though 7-0 need some adjustments pa rin...

Joescoundrel
07-29-2013, 11:20 AM
Tams ward off Falcons, sweep elims

By Joey Villar

(The Philippine Star) | Updated July 29, 2013 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Terrence Romeo came through with another explosive performance as Far Eastern U survived a hard-fighting Adamson side, 74-71, to complete a sweep of the first round of the 76th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum yesterday.

Romeo sizzled for a game-best 26 points, including the last eight points that stymied the Falcons’ repeated comebacks and anchored the Morayta-based school’s best start since stringing seven straight triumphs to start the 2010 season.

“Yes, a first round sweep is an accomplishment,” said FEU coach Nash Racela. “But it’s the bigger picture we’re after because the season isn’t over.”

Meanwhile, the league takes a two-week break to give way to the FIBA-Asia Championship slated Aug 1-11 at the MOA Arena and Ninoy Aquino Stadium. Games will resume on Aug. 14 with La Salle and Adamson clashing at 2 p.m. and FEU battling NU at 4 p.m.

The solid start gave FEU a big three-win cushion over National U, UST and University of the East, which all ended up with 4-3 cards after the first phase of the elims, in the battle for one of the coveted twice-to-beat incentives in the Final Four.

NU gained a share of second by turning back La Salle in a scrambling finish, 63-56, in the other match.

Reigning back-to-back MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. came through with 20 points, 14 rebounds and six assists as the Bulldogs rebounded from back-to-back losses to stay in the hunt.

Still, the day belonged to Romeo.

After trailing majority of the way and by three, 58-61, midway in the final canto, FEU clamped down on defense to slow down the Falcons while Romeo stepped up to do what he does best – shoot the lights out of the Big Dome.

The streak shooting Romeo actually had a sluggish start, missing seven of his 11 attempts in the first half until he found his rhythm and range when the Tams needed them most.

“I was a little tight but I’m happy I got my rhythm back in the second half,” said Romeo, the league’s current MVP race leader.

The Falcons actually had one last chance to force overtime after FEU’s Mike Tolomia turned the ball over on a five-second violation with 15.9 seconds remaining in the contest.

But Ar-raouf Julkipli misfired on a desperation three-pointer, sending Adamson to 3-4 in a tie with La Salle and idle Ateneo with UP going winless in seven games.

Dark Knight
07-29-2013, 12:49 PM
If we repeat against NU in the 2nd round then we are on our way to the Final 4.

LaKazTaMa
07-29-2013, 01:32 PM
Banned Noundou denies hitting Abdul, claims UST star challenged him to a fight
By Reuben Terrado

July 28, 2013, 08:34 pm

FORMER Far Eastern University player Pipo Noundou has denied hitting a University of Santo Tomas player during a scuffle that led to the UAAP board’s decision to ban him from league venues this season.

Reacting to a Spin.ph story about his season ban, Noundou said that he never even touched a player, much less hit someone in the head, when he had an exchange of words with UST star Karim Abdul during the incident that nearly led to a melee after the Tamaraws’ 77-67 victory over UST on July 21.

“I’ll never hit someone's head,” said Noundou. “Even before as a player (I never did it), what more as a spectator? I’m an educated person and I was raised by good parents.”

The UAAP board made the decision to ban Noundou based on an incident report submitted by UST, which claimed that Noundou hit Abdul at the back of the head. (For full story on UAAP decision, see Former Tamaraw banned from UAAP cage venues for rest of season)

Noundou claimed otherwise, saying he was far away from Abdul when he confronted the latter for what he felt was a cheap shot by the UST player on FEU center Christian Sentcheu, who is Noundou's cousin.

He has vowed to appeal the ban.

Here's how the Cameroonian center recounted the incident: “I was 15 feet away from him when I said, ‘Hey Karim, I saw what you did to Christian. Don’t think you will get away that easy.'”

Noundou said that was the time Abdul challenged him to a fight.

“He started reacting like, ‘You want to fight? Come now, let’s fight,’” said Noundou. “I told him, ‘I’ll wait for you outside.’ All his coaches started overreacting. That’s it.”

Noundou said that Abdul has since apologized to him and Sentcheu. He, however, doesn’t understand why the UAAP banned him.

“I’m just a spectator and I didn’t enter the court,” he said.

LaKazTaMa
07-29-2013, 01:34 PM
Romeo leads UAAP MVP race after first round
By Reuben Terrado

July 29, 2013, 12:37 pm


FEU main man Terrence Romeo has 79 statistical points backed by his league-leading 22.6 points per game.

TERRENCE Romeo has officially made it to the top of the list in the race for the Most Valuable Player award at the end of the first round.

The Far Eastern University star accumulated 79 statistical points (SPs) backed by his league-leading 22.6 points per game, according to the official computation by league statistics provider Imperium Technology and Smart Bro.

Reigning two-time MVP Bobby Ray Parks is second as the National University cager tallied 76.1429 SPs after seven games.

University of the East center Charles Mammie is in third with 74.8333 although he is already disqualified from the MVP after incurring a one-game suspension in the first round.

Parks’ teammate Emmanuel Mbe ranked fourth with 67.2857 SPs while University of the East's Roi Sumang is in fifth with 66.1429 SPs.

Statistics is the basis for the MVP plum with points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks being added with turnovers, unsportsmanlike fouls, and team victories also taken into consideration.

Romeo’s performance is one of the reasons why the Tamaraws are still undefeated this season as they completed a seven-game sweep of the first round on Sunday with a 74-71 victory over Adamson.

In that game, Romeo registered a season-high 26 points, including FEU’s final eight points to grab the win.

So far, Romeo has scored at least 19 points each game in this year’s campaign. However, his acceptance of playing team basketball under first-year head coach Nash Racela is what has been setting him apart from the previous seasons.

The fourth-year guard is also averaging 4.1 assists, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.4 steals.

LaKazTaMa
07-29-2013, 01:38 PM
Cold-blooded Romeo stars as FEU completes sweep
By Josiah Albelda Posted Jul 28th 2013



Cold-blooded assassin.

Terrence Romeo fired bullet after bullet on Adamson University in the clutch to help Far Eastern University earn a 74-71 win in the 76th UAAP men's basketball tournament Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

With the Tamaraws treading dangerous waters once more, Romeo came up big his team needed him, torching the Soaring Falcons with 10 points in the final quarter to seal a first round sweep.

FEU won its first seven games for the first time since Season 73, when the Morayta crew made it all the way to the finals.

"Of course, it's an accomplishment," said coach Nash Racela. "But we don't accomplish anything if we don't accomplish our goal (of winning the championship)."

But the Tamaraws' sweep looked in serious jeopardy for most of the game, with Adamson leaning on rock-solid games from Jericho Cruz and Ingrid Sewa to keep FEU from breaking the game wide open.

A triple from Harry Petilos put the Falcons up, 61-58, with 8:35 left in the game and with RR Garcia and Mike Tolomia not on target, the Tamaraws looked to be in danger of losing their first game this season.

Enter Romeo and company.

Carl Cruz, Anthony Hargrove, Tolomia and Christian Sentcheu each contributed on an 8-0 run that put FEU up, 66-62, with 4:32 remaining on the clock.

Sewa made half of his charity attempts in the ensuing play to trim it to three before Romeo scored the last eight points for the Tamaraws -- a triple with 2:28 left, a pull-up with 1:03 remaining and the biggest shot of all, a dagger of a three-pointer with 24 seconds on the clock.

Romeo finished the game with a season-high 26 points while also grabbing four rebounds as FEU overcame a cold shooting night from Garcia and Tolomia, who combined for only 17 points.

Cruz posted 21 points, four rebounds and four assists for the Falcons, who slipped to 3-4 and a tie with Ateneo de Manila University for sixth to seventh places.

Sewa and Rodney Brondial teamed up to deliver 26 points and 25 rebounds, but their efforts weren't enough to prevent Adamson from suffering its second straight defeat.

tamarawz_14
07-29-2013, 10:26 PM
i see mike tolomia and rr garcia will step up for FEU in the 2nd round, all teams will concentrating how to stop terrence romeo.. basta saken pag maganda ang laro ni pogoy and belo sa defense and quality points nila OK ang FEU.

LaKazTaMa
07-30-2013, 05:18 AM
Why FEU is on top of UAAP basketball after 1st round
By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 07/29/2013 6:40 PM | Updated as of 07/29/2013 7:26 PM

FEU's Terrence Romeo (7) goes to the basket against Adamson's Celedonio Trollano (16) in their UAAP Season 76 game last July 28 at the Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

Analysts: Racela deserves credit for FEU's 7-0 start

MANILA – Few pundits predicted that the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws to be among the major contenders in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament, much less dominate the competition.

Yet at the end of the first round, the Tamaraws have built a 7-0 record and are charging away with the top seed while six other teams battle for the remaining spots in the top four of the league standings.

Terrence Romeo, who is the top contender for the Most Valuable Player award, has rightly received a lot of credit for FEU’s tremendous start, but a sports analyst stressed that the remarkable work of head coach Nash Racela should not be overlooked.

“I did not expect them (FEU) to go 7-0 in the first round, but I think a lot of the credit has to go to Coach Nash Racela,” said ABS-CBN Sports analyst Marco Benitez on ANC’s “Headstart” Monday. “He has really instilled his system and he instilled discipline.”

“He always stresses to his players that it’s not about the individual, it’s about the team,” added ABS-CBN Sports analyst Charles Tiu. “You can see the difference. The players know their roles (in the team).”

Racela took over an FEU team that faced a lot of questions after missing the Final Four in Season 75. Though they were under the radar in the pre-season, they hit their stride in the UAAP.

The Tamaraws are the best offensive team in the league, scoring 80.6 points per game on 40.6% shooting. They also lead the league in three-point shooting, free-throw shooting, fast-break points and assists.

They are no slouches on defense, either. Though they allow 72.9 points per game (5th in the league) due in part to their pace, opponents only shoot 34.9% against the Tamaraws.

Role players, defense


Adamson's Ingrid Sewa (C) attacks the basket against FEU's Christian Sentcheu (L) in their UAAP Season 76 game last July 28 at the Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

Racela should also be commended for his ability to maximize his role players, including big man Christian Sentcheu, who is leading the league in blocked shots.

“Obviously, most of the shots go to their guards, but the other players aren’t complaining,” Tiu pointed out. “They’re there when they are needed to score, they do the little things that matter to a team.”

“And chemistry is such an important thing. That’s one thing that (Racela) has really got going for him – their chemistry is solid,” he added.

“It’s a matter of knowing their roles,” Benitez said. “Like Roger Pogoy – he knows that he is the key perimeter stopper to defend players like Bobby Ray Parks and Kiefer Ravena. Guys like Gryann Mendoza and Carl Cruz, they know that they have to rebound and stop scorers.”

On defense, the Tamaraws allow the fewest fast-break points and turnover points, and rely on Sentcheu and Anthony Hargrove to patrol the paint.

“It doesn’t hurt to have two big men, and the emergence of Sentcheu as a really solid force in the middle to change shots – you have to give credit to Coach Nash for that,” Tiu said.

Romeo-Garcia tandem

Benitez and Tiu pointed out that Racela should also be credited for getting Romeo and former UAAP MVP RR Garcia to work well together, a season after the tandem was questioned for their lack of chemistry inside the court.

“He has gotten Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia to play well together, to play on the same page,” Benitez said. “He (Racela) has gotten RR Garcia to buy into that, that he may no longer be in the lead role. At the same time, Terrence Romeo has also bought into that system, that he’s not the only scorer in the team.”

“(Romeo and Garcia) have both matured,” added Tiu. “RR is a former MVP, and it’s rare to see that you now have two potential MVPs on the same team, sharing the same backcourt.”

“But they have both matured, and RR’s deferring a bit more to Terrence. And Terrence has earned that right. He’s shown that he’s unstoppable, he just finds so many ways to score,” Tiu added.

Racela, for his part, has credited Garcia and Romeo for their new-found chemistry on the court, and shrugged off any praise for himself.

“They took it upon themselves to play together. It’s always a big question when you talk about that tandem, but I think at this point, we really need to respect them kasi sila ‘yun. Wala naman akong kinalaman doon,” Racela told reporters following FEU’s victory against Adamson last Sunday.

“I just manage them. But if as a person, you are not willing, then change won’t happen. It’s on them, that’s why nakakapaglaro sila ng maayos,” he added.

Romeo is leading the MVP race after amassing 79.00 statistical points at the end of round one. Garcia is also in the top 10 after amassing 58.86 SPs.

Racela has also repeatedly sought to downplay their unbeaten record.

“Of course, it’s an accomplishment,” he said. “But in our minds, we don’t accomplish anything if we don’t get our goals, so we still need to have our minds set on the big picture.”

He also stressed that the second round will be an entirely different scenario.

"We knew that all the teams would struggle in the first round - guys got injured, some teams had eligibility issues. We were fortunate that we didn't have that problem," Racela said. "All we did was take advantage while other teams were struggling."

"Kaya lang, going into the second round, you cannot do that because most of the teams will be complete," he said. "At pagdating sa second round, we will be the target for all the teams. It's important for us to be ready

LaKazTaMa
07-30-2013, 05:22 AM
Romeo keen to avoid repeat of 2010 letdown
By Reuben Terrado

July 29, 2013, 06:29 pm


Terrence Romeo is hoping to help the Tamaraws avoid a repeat of Season 73. Jerome Ascano

FAR Eastern University is in the same position it was three years ago, on top of the UAAP leaderboard with an unblemished slate at the halfway point of the eliminations. This time, Terrence Romeo leads the MVP race, but the crafty guard is getting too far ahead of himself.

Lessons learned from 2010 has taught Romeo that there is much work to be done.

Romeo won the Rookie of the year award in Season 73 and his teammate RR Garcia was named MVP, but the Tamaraws wound up being swept by Ateneo in the title series.

Now the fourth-year guard insists he is focusing on helping the Tamaraws win as many games as they can.

“Salamat sa Diyos. Pero malayo pa,” Romeo told Spin.ph when asked about topping the MVP race midway through the season.

Romeo topped the MVP race at the end of the first round, compiling 79 statistical points after averaging 22.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.4 steals this season.

He helped the Tamaraws achieve a rare feat by winning all their games in the first round for a 7-0 slate but knows the tough grind still lies ahead. The Tamaraws lost two games in the second round in 2010 and then lost twice again in the finals to the Eagles.

“Wala pa rin kaming achievement. Parang rookie year ko, ganoon din. Pero mas focused kami sa next round dahil lahat ng teams, gusto na kaming talunin. Mas focused kami next round. Hindi namin iniisip na 7-0,” Romeo said.

FEU coach Nash Racela declined to credit their success to their individual strengths and instead noted his team has topped statistical categories like assists, where the Tamaraws are averaging 16.3 per outing.

“I read a lot of tweets … One thing I’ve noticed is people really magnify the individual stats ng mga players. But I think isang bagay na we always take for granted is the team stats. I’m happy that we are number one like in assists and those stuff.

“It’s a collective effort rather than focused on one individual. I rather focus on the team,” said Racela

Dark Knight
07-30-2013, 10:40 AM
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first two pics from FEU Official FB page and FEU Advocate. 3rd pic from GMAnetwork.com

LaKazTaMa
07-30-2013, 02:54 PM
sir DK , sino yun player sa first picture #18 ng Feu si Cezar Catli ba yan?

Mel
07-30-2013, 03:35 PM
that's alejandrino inigo. brother of axel inigo ng adamson

source: https://www.facebook.com/tamarawsbasketball/info

LaKazTaMa
07-30-2013, 04:03 PM
tnx much obliged.

Dark Knight
08-07-2013, 05:25 PM
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LaKazTaMa
08-11-2013, 05:07 PM
'Other' Racela glad to help PH break Korea hex
By Reuben Terrado

August 11, 2013, 10:40 am


“Coach Jong (Uichico) will be happy. Lahat ng teams na dumaan sa Korea, alam ko masaya sila ngayon,” says Nash Racela. Jerome Ascano
NASH Racela is happy to be part of the Philippine team that broke the Korean hex in Asian basketball - and happier for older brother Olsen.

“Buti na lang part ako dito, at least represented si Olsen,” said Racela, one of the Gilas Pilipinas assistant coaches, after the Philippines wrapped up its 86-79 victory over Korea in the Fiba Asia Championship semifinals.

Gilas Pilipinas’ victory broke a string of heartbreaking losses suffered at the hands of Korea, the most painful coming in the 2002 Asian Games in Busan involving an all-pro team where Olsen was the starting guard.

Olsen became the goat when he missed two crucial free throws for the Jong Uichico-coached team down the stretch, setting the stage for a game-winning triple by Lee Sang Min in the semifinal match.

Nash said Olsen was surely happy to see Gilas exact a measure of revenge.

“I’m sure he is happy,” said Nash Racela. “Gusto ko na nga siyang kausapin.”

The Far Eastern University coach trying to atone for Olsen's heartbreak wasn't on his mind going into the game. “These kinds of game, you can’t be emotional. You still have to focus on the game kasi kapag iniisip mo pa ‘yun, it will affect your decision making,” said Nash.

“Fulfilled dahil pinasaya natin ang buong bansa,” said Nash. “More than the personal fulfillment, it’s more for the country. Ibang klase ‘yung suporta na napakasarap sa harap ng sambayanan.

“Masarap kasi tinalo natin sila without Marcus. It’s an all-Filipino lineup,” said Nash. “Coach Jong will be happy. Lahat ng teams na dumaan sa Korea, alam ko masaya sila ngayon.”

LaKazTaMa
08-11-2013, 05:52 PM
Mark the date: La Salle faces Ateneo, FEU meets UST in marquee UAAP playdate
By Reuben Terrado

August 06, 2013, 08:36 pm


A BATTLE between storied rivals and a possible finals preview are slated on September 1, the highlight playdate of the second round of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

Archrivals La Salle and Ateneo face each other in the second game of a doubleheader at the Smart Araneta Coliseum at 4 p.m. with the Green Archers looking to sweep their season series with the Blue Eagles.

The first game at noon is as equally interesting with top-ranked and undefeated Far Eastern University taking on University of Santo Tomas, which despite holding a three-way tie with a 4-3 win-loss slate holds second place due to a better quotient against National University and University of the East.

Tickets for both games will be sold separately.

In other marquee match-ups, FEU takes on NU at the start of the second round on August 14 at The Big Dome at 4 p.m. before facing UE on August 25 at the same venue.

De La Salle takes on Adamson to usher the second round on August 14 at 2 p.m. in their first match-up since a controversial call marred the late goings of the game that led to a six-game suspension of a referee.

UST faces UE on August 15 before taking on NU on August 24 at the Big Dome in a rematch after Jeric Teng suffered a shoulder injury following a collision with Jeff Javillonar.

The Teng brothers meet on the final game of the second round with UST facing La Salle on September 14 at 4 p.m.

The complete second round schedule (Start time is 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. unless stated):

August 14 (Araneta) – DLSU vs. AdU; FEU vs. NU
August 15 (Araneta) – ADMU vs. UP; UST vs. UE
August 18 (MOA) – NU vs AdU; FEU vs. DLSU
August 21 (MOA) – UE vs. UP; ADMU vs. UST
August 24 (Araneta) – DLSU vs. UP; UST vs. NU
August 25 (Araneta) – AdU vs. ADMU; UE vs. FEU
August 28 (Araneta) – FEU vs. ADMU; UST vs. AdU
August 31 (Araneta) – AdU vs. UP; NU vs. UE
September 1 (Araneta) – 12 noon UST vs. FEU; 4 p.m. ADMU vs. DLSU
September 4 (Araneta) – NU vs. UP; UE vs. DLSU
September 7 (MOA) – UP vs. UST; FEU vs. AdU
September 8 (MOA) – UE vs. ADMU; DLSU vs. NU
September 11 (MOA) – UP vs. FEU; NU vs. ADMU
September 14 (MOA) – AdU vs. UE; UST vs. DLSU

Joescoundrel
08-15-2013, 09:32 AM
NU ends FEU run; La Salle escapes in OT

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:29 am | Thursday, August 15th, 2013

National University ended Far Eastern University’s dream run with Bulldogs star Ray Parks, struggling from the field all game, clinching the win with three clutch free throws.

Parks finished with a career-low seven points but still emerged the hero as the Bulldogs prevailed, 59-58, and spoiled the Tamaraws’ bid to stay perfect in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“I’m proud of my teammates for stepping up,” said Parks, a two-time MVP. “I wasn’t playing well but they picked me up.”

Parks nailed three free throws inside the last 32 seconds before FEU guard Mike Tolomia missed a potential game-winner in the dwindling seconds.

The Tamaraws still kept top spot at 7-1, while the Bulldogs grabbed solo second with a 5-2 record.

Almond Vosotros also starred in a first-game thriller by burying a “lucky shot” with 1.8 seconds left that lifted La Salle past Adamson, 70-69, in overtime.

Vosotros’ game-winner bounced off the rim four times before trickling in to give the Archers their fourth victory in eight games.

“This is our first close win,” said La Salle coach Juno Sauler. “It’s also good for the team.”

Vosotros shot a team-high 19 points, including five of the Archers’ eight in the extra period.

“It was really a lucky shot,” said Vosotros, the senior guard who also collected nine rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Gelo Alolino topscored for the Bulldogs with 13 and Emmanuel Mbe had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Parks sat out for most of the first half after picking up two fouls in his first three minutes of play.

RR Garcia led the Tamaraws with 20 markers, but top MVP contender Terrence Romeo had a season-low of eight points on a woeful 3-of-16 shooting clip.

The scores:

First Game

LA SALLE 70–Vosotros 19, Van Opstal 13, Teng 9, Torres 8, Perkins 6, Revilla 5, Tampus 4, Salem 3, Monalbo 3, Reyes 0.

ADAMSON 69–Brondial 19, Cruz 15, Cabrera 11, Trollano 9, Petilos 6, Monteclaro 5, Sewa 2, Julkipli 1, Agustin 1, Rios 0, Ochea 0, Cabigas 0, Bernabe 0, Abrigo 0.

Quarters: 14-16, 34-30, 52-47, 62-62 (reg.), 70-69 (OT)

Second Game

NU 59–Alolino 13, Mbe 10, Khobuntin 10, Parks 7, Villamor 4, Roņo 4, Porter 4, Perez 4, Javillonar 2, Alejandro 1, Javelona 0, De Guzman 0.

FEU 58–Garcia 20, Tolomia 8, Romeo 8, Cruz, 6, Belo 5, Mendoza 4, Hargrove 3, Iņigo 2, Pogoy 2, Sentcheu 0, Jose 0, Dennison 0, Aguilon 0.

Quarters: 17-17, 31-25, 50-43, 59-58

Dark Knight
08-15-2013, 11:23 AM
Once a ballhog............always a ballhog.................

Good grief Terrence what were you thinking?

The_Big_Cat
08-15-2013, 12:01 PM
Once a ballhog............always a ballhog.................

Good grief Terrence what were you thinking?

You can also blame Nash Racela. Garcia was consistent all game long but Nash still went with the crocodile Romeo down the stretch.

LaKazTaMa
08-15-2013, 06:16 PM
After Gilas high, Racela shifts focus to Tams
By Reuben Terrado

August 13, 2013, 07:27 pm


Nash Racela is concerned the Tamaraws would start slow because they did not have tuneup matches during the duration of the UAAP mid-season break. Jerome Ascano

AFTER the euphoria of the Fiba-Asia Championship, Nash Racela shifts focus to Far Eastern University which tries to extend its unbeaten run in a game against National University at the start of the second round of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“I’m trying to shift from Fiba-Asia to UAAP. Madali lang naman dahil hindi naman ako nawala sa kanila (Tamaraws),” Racela said. “Nawala lang sa time.”

It has been two weeks since the Tamaraws completed a first-round sweep but Racela, assistant coach of World Championship-bound Gilas Pilipinas, believes the long break won’t have a huge effect on the FEU squad.

“Focused naman sila. But my concern is ’yung timing nila at the start of the game. Kasi we opted not to have tune-up games. ’Yun lang ang concern ko na baka rusty ng konti.”

Gametime is at 4 p.m. and FEU is not taking National University lightly. The Bulldogs ended the first round with a 4-3 record for a share of second place with University of Santo Tomas and University of the East.

Racela believes that the Bulldogs are the sharper team since they went on with their preparations after the first round.

“Ang advantage nila, hindi sila nag-break, practice agad sila. They were able to have a tune-up game,” said Racela, whose team beat NU, 87-83, in their July 17 first-round encounter.

Terrence Romeo also hopes to continue the unbeaten run for FEU after he finished the first round on top of the race for the Most Valuable Player honors.

In the first game, La Salle and Adamson part ways at 2 p.m. The Green Archers and the Falcons tote a similar 3-4 win-loss slate.

In the first round, La Salle beat Adamson, 70-67, last July 24 in a game marred by a controversial call late in the game when Gian Abrigo was called for an unsportsmanlike foul on Norbert Torres that may have affected the Falcons’ chances of a comeback.

The call led to a referee being suspended by UAAP commissioner Chito Loyzaga.

LaKazTaMa
08-15-2013, 06:17 PM
Nico Salva's dig at 'ball hog' Terrence Romeo triggers war of words on Twitter
By Reuben Terrado

August 14, 2013, 08:02 pm


FEU star Terrence Romeo, a letdown in the game against NU, didn't take Nico Salva's dig lightly.

A TWITTER war erupted between Far Eastern University star Terrence Romeo and former Ateneo star Nico Salva just minutes after the Tamaraws suffered their first loss of the UAAP season at the hands of National University.

Salva took a dig at Romeo after the season's leading MVP contender finished with only eight points on 3-of-16 shooting in the 58-59 loss, taking a dig at the FEU star's tendency to be individualistic on the floor.

The former Eagles star tweeted on his account @nicobesalva: "Romeo is back to his old self. Why dont u just give the ball to RR?" referring to Romeo's teammate RR Garcia.

Romeo fired back via his Twitter account @dReaLTRomeo, saying: “bat di ikaw ang maglaro.”

The PBA-bound Salva, who has played out his eligibility with Ateneo, replied: “naka limang taon na ako bro e. sorry. Tuloy mo lang yan. Ayos yan haha.”

Romeo, though, wasn't done. He tweeted: “hilig mo makasali e noh? Paki alam nalang yung game mo. Hindi naman kita pinapakialam e. bro???”

After a lull, Romeo appeared to have calmed down as he posted a tweet asking for support from the FEU community following the loss.

“Positive lang muna. Negative lusot lang sa kabilang tenga. Thanks parin sa feu community at sa mga sumoporta sa feu tamaraws,” Romeo wrote.

Salva had a previous history with FEU. A near melee ensued between him and former FEU assistant coach Ronald Magtulis during last season’s UAAP wars that led to a coliseum ban on Salva’s father.

Garcia is also a teammate of Salva with NLEX in the PBA D-League.

LaKazTaMa
08-15-2013, 06:18 PM
Troubling loss to NU, Romeo's struggles reveal cracks in FEU Tams' armor
By Reuben Terrado

August 15, 2013, 04:55 pm

FEU star Terrence Romeo admitted that he was "out of shape" because he "relaxed" during the Fiba-Asia break, bolstering rumors that coach Racela blew his top after learning that his players had "one too many night outs" during the lull while their coach was away on Gilas duty.

WHAT a difference two weeks make.

Just last month, Far Eastern University's Tamaraws were the toast of the UAAP after a sweep of their seven games in the first round while top star Terrence Romeo was its poster boy, hailed as a great individual talent who has finally figured out how it is to play within the team concept.

One loss at the resumption of hostilities following a self-imposed league break to give way to the hosting of the Fiba-Asia championships not only quashed FEU's chance of a two-round sweep of the eliminations but also revealed cracks in the Tamaraws' armor.

It was not so much the defeat but the way the Tamaraws lost the game that has riled FEU coach Nash Racela, who initially tried to take the flak for the defeat until he could no longer suppress the rage inside him.

“I would say that it was my fault because of my commitment with Gilas. So probably, I was sending a wrong message (to the players) by not being there,” said Racela, who was forced to miss some FEU practices owing to his role as an assistant coach at Gilas.

But when asked what he told his boys inside the dugout, Racela admitted, “Iba doon sa pinag-usapan natin.”

Pressed on what led to the 58-59 loss to National University, Racela said: “Siguro part of the culture change, more off the court,” without elaborating.

It was no surprise that Romeo took the heat from fans after the defeat where he finished with only eight points on 3-of-16 shooting and tried to go on his own in a late offensive play and ended up turning the ball over, setting the stage for Bobby Parks' game-winning free throws.

Worse, his relationship with fellow star RR Garcia once again showed cracks when he tried to waive off his backcourt partner, who until then had carried the fight for the Tamaraws, not just once during that fateful final play.

Romeo ended up losing the ball on a crossover, fanning accusations that he had gone back to his old ways.

One of those who noticed and was bold enough to air his thoughts, former Ateneo star Nico Salva, said via Twitter, "Romeo is back to his old self. Why dont u just give the ball to RR?"

He ended up in an online spat with Romeo who obviously didn't appreciate the dig. (For full story, see Nico Salva's dig at 'ball hog' Terrence Romeo triggers war of words on Twitter)

Sought for comment later, Romeo admitted that he was "out of shape" because he "relaxed" during the Fiba-Asia break, bolstering rumors that Racela blew his top after learning that his players had "one too many night outs" during the lull while their coach was away on Gilas duty.

Romeo, at least, was man enough to admit that he underperformed.

“Disiplina namin, hindi ko nadala sa sarili ko. Medyo napabayaan ko ‘yung kundisyon ko,” the league's leading MVP contender acknowledged. “Medyo nakaapekto, hindi namin nagamit ‘yung long break na makapag-pahinga. Medyo nag-relax kami.”

Asked about Romeo’s struggles, Racela pointed to his Gilas commitment and said: “It’s all connected.”

All that showed was that the Tamaraws, for all their inspired play in the first round, remain a work in progress as they look to end years of frustration since winning the school's last championship in 2005 with a team bannered by Arwind Santos, Jeff Chan, and Dennis Miranda.

Racela, however, has embraced the challenge.

“Good thing despite us struggling the whole game, we could have won the game. We gave up a few free throws in the end,” said Racela.

“But it will depend on how quick we adjust and change. ‘Yun ang importante after this loss. It’s welcome for me. I welcome this (challenge) with open arms.”

Dark Knight
08-17-2013, 12:08 AM
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See what you've done Romeo!

(photo courtesy of FEU Official FB Page)

Joescoundrel
08-19-2013, 06:46 AM
Archers pin 2nd loss on tense Tams

Bulldogs feast on Falcons

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

10:01 pm | Sunday, August 18th, 2013

IT’S La Salle’s turn to show that first-round giant Far Eastern University no longer looks invincible.

Jason Perkins fueled a strong start and Jeron Teng came through the clutch as the Green Archers blasted the skidding Tamaraws, 75-66, yesterday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.

“I’ve been telling my players to be mentally tough and prepared,” said coach Juno Sauler after the Archers pinned a second straight loss on the Tamaraws, who have yet to win after a seven-game sweep of the first round.

Perkins fired 13 of his 18 points in the first half where the Archers pulled ahead by as many as 22 points, 43-21. The Filipino-American rookie also grabbed 13 rebounds.

Earlier, National University cruised past Adamson, 80-48, and moved within striking distance of the top spot with a 6-3 record, just a game away from the Tamaraws.

Emmanuel Mbe and Ray Parks powered the Bulldogs’ dominant start where they zoomed to a 21-7 lead and never looked back.

The Archers crashed the top four with a 5-4 card, while the Falcons fell to 3-6.

Teng added 16 points, including six in the last six minutes that helped protect the Archers’ lead, 71-62, after the Tamaraws had rallied within a bucket, 62-60, behind Mark Belo.

“We’ve talked about the mistakes we committed in the first round and we made sure to learn from them,” said Teng after the Archers avenged their first-round heartbreak to the Tamaraws in overtime, 79-83, after blowing a 13-point lead in the last three minutes of regulation.

Top MVP contender Terrence Romeo, who shot a season-low eight points in the Tamaraws’ 58-59 loss to the Bulldogs last Wednesday, struggled anew with 12 on a 4-of-18 shooting clip.

Mbe collected 21 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, while Parks also had a solid outing of 16 points, six boards and five assists.

“It all boiled down to our stops,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano. “Fortunately for this team, we were able to run. We were able to get shots off our transition. That really helped us.”

The Bulldogs overwhelmed the Falcons in every department, including rebounds (41-30), fastbreak points (23-3) and points off turnover (20-8 ).

“I’m very proud of the boys,” said Altamirano. “They executed the game plan very well.”

The scores:

First Game

NU 80—Mbe 21, Parks 16, Roņo 8, Porter 6, Javillonar 6, Alolino 6, Rosario 5, Khobuntin 4, Neypes 3, Javelona 3, Villamor 2, Perez 0, Labing-isa 0.

ADAMSON 48—Cabrera 12, Cruz 11, Sewa 8, Petilos 5, Brondial 5, Garcia 2, Agustin 2, Abrigo 2, Monteclaro 1, Trollano 0, Rios 0, Ochea 0, Julkipli 0, Iņigo 0.

Quarters: 21-7, 37-25, 55-40, 80-48

Second Game

LA SALLE 75—Perkins 18, Teng 16, Vosotros 13, Van Opstal 9, Salem 6, Montalbo 5, Torres 4, Tampus 4, Revilla 0, Bolick 0.

FEU 66—Pogoy 16, Belo 16, Romeo 12, Tolomia 7, Hargrove 6, Garcia 5, Cruz 4, Iņigo 0, Sentcheu 0, Mendoza 0, Jose 0, Dennison 0.

Quarters: 23-14, 44-33, 60-50, 75-66

LaKazTaMa
08-20-2013, 01:36 PM
FEU coach Racela not pushing panic button
By Reuben Terrado

August 19, 2013, 07:21 pm

“We just have to make adjustments and prepare for the next games. We expect teams to pick up, kita naman kahit noong first round pa lang,” says FEU coach Nash Racela. Jerome Ascano

FAR EASTERN University coach Nash Racela is not pushing the panic button following the Tamaraws’ slump to start off the second round of the UAAP, saying a few minor adjustments should put them right back on track.

Racela admitted that the Tamaraws are still groping for form following a two-week break during the country’s hosting of the Fiba-Asia Championship.

The Tamaraws have lost two straight games including a 75-66 defeat to La Salle on Sunday, but Racela believes his team is beginning to get back to the form that allowed it to go spotless in the first round.

“It might be a spillover from the first game (of the second round) but we got our timing back sa second and third quarters. By that time, malaki na ang lamang, mahirap na,” Racela said.

Following its defeat against National University on August 14, Racela said that his wards have responded well to their shocking loss that broke their seven-game winning run.

“Okay naman sila in terms of 'yung outlook. Smooth sailing tayo pero itong second round, teams are adjusting. We lost two games. It’s adversity on our part. We just have to collectively find solutions and it starts with the coaches,” said Racela.

The Tamaraws are facing a tough schedule beginning with a Sunday game against University of the East, whis has won four straight games and is only two games behind FEU in the standings.

The Tamaraws then play Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas on August 28 and September 1, respectively.

“We just have to make adjustments and prepare for the next games. We expect teams to pick up, kita naman kahit noong first round pa lang,” said Racela.

Dark Knight
08-23-2013, 01:06 PM
We still lack a good big man to man the middle. Sentcheu, with all his height..........is a joke.

Sam Miguel
08-26-2013, 12:30 PM
Tams survive Warriors’ fury in 2 overtimes

Posted on Monday Aug 26th at 12:00am

By Olmin Leyba

MANILA, Philippines - Far Eastern U survived a roller-coaster game, grinding out a hard-earned 98-94 double overtime victory over University of the East to arrest a mild skid and stay on top in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tourney at the Smart Araneta Coliseum yesterday.

The Tams drew a college career-high 30 points from Terrence Romeo, the same player who scored a league-best 83 points in his junior year. He was supported by Gryann Mendoza (15), Mike Tolomia (13), and Anthony Hargrove (12) as well as a host of bench players who made up for the absence of suspended RR Garcia in notching their first win after a 0-2 start in the second round.

An overjoyed and relieved FEU coach Nash Racela entered the press-room after his wards picked up their eighth win in 10 games, maintaining a one-win cushion against second-running National U (7-3). The Warriors saw their three-game roll halted and dropped to 5-4 in a tie for fourth with Ateneo, which nipped Adamson in the first game, 79-66.

“I’m happy because my players didn’t give up. There was one point in the first overtime when we’re down by seven with seconds to go and I told them anything is possible and they believed that. I’m so, so proud of my team. This is the first time I’m saying this,” he said.

“I’m relieved because it finally ended after two overtimes. I don’t know how but this kind of games makes you stronger. To think that RR wasn’t there,” he added.

FEU appeared headed for an easy win when they seized an 11-point lead in regulation, but UE made a fierce fightback and forced the extra period. The Tams found themselves staring at a 77-84 deficit with 22 seconds left in the first OT but drew deep from their willpower to tie things up behind the triples of Mendoza and Tolomia in between Romeo’s basket.

Mendoza and Romeo joined hands in an 8-0 salvo to give FEU a 95-91 cushion in the second extension, as Hargrove helped put the finishing touches with a bucket and a split in the end game.

Earlier, defending champion Ateneo squandered a 27-point lead but recovered in time to beat Adamson and vault closer to the upper half of the standings.

It was the fourth straight victory for the Blue Eagles, who improved to 5-4 overall.

LaKazTaMa
08-26-2013, 01:52 PM
Romeo shakes off injury to dish off career game in Garcia's absence
By Reuben Terrado

August 25, 2013, 10:32 pm


FEU Tamaraws guard Terrence Romeo aggravated an ankle injury he suffered in practice when he stepped on the foot of UE center Charles Mammie. Jerome Ascano

ONE of the best games in Terrence Romeo’s career couldn’t have come at a better time.

Romeo scored a career high 30 points as he played the hero’s role in Far Eastern University’s morale-boosting 98-94 double overtime victory over University of the East Sunday that snapped the Tamaraws’ two-game losing skid in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

The effort was actually the flamboyant FEU guards best offensive effort since scoring 83 points in a high school game while still with the Baby Tamaraws years back.

And he did it with his backcourt partner RR Garcia missing the contest due to a one-game suspension.

But Romeo actually nearly missed the game against the Warriors after suffering a left ankle sprain in practice, an injury he aggravated when he landed on Charles Mammie’s foot while throwing up a three-point attempt early in the fourth period.

“Yesterday (Saturday), natapilok siya sa practice,” said FEU coach Nash Racela. “I was expecting him to play pero nung natapilok kanina, mukhang wala na.”

“But that shows the heart of Terrence. He just wants to play,” said the FEU mentor.

Romeo was seen writhing in pain after the Mammie collision but still stayed on the court.

“Nag-twist uli ‘yung paa ko,” Romeo recounted. “Iniisip ko na lang na gusto kong bumalik. Kung kaya ko pang ihakbang, ilalakad ko pa.”

Romeo went on to hit the crucial three-pointer in double overtime that gave FEU a 95-91 lead that virtually wrapped up the win for the Tamaraws.

But Romeo credited his teammates for stepping up especially with Garcia out, even singling out back-up guard Achie Inigo, who scored six points in 21 minutes of play.

“Ni-remind ko sila na kailangan naming mag-step-up especially ‘yung mga walang gaanong minutes. Si (Achie) laki ng naitulong. Nag-step up siya pati ‘yung ibang bench players namin,” said Romeo.

LaKazTaMa
08-26-2013, 01:57 PM
FEU outlasts UE in 2OT; Ateneo beats Adamson
Posted at 08/26/2013 11:04 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The FEU Tamaraws snapped their two-game losing streak, out-lasting the UE Red Warriors in a classic double-overtime showdown, 98-94.

It was FEU’s first victory in the second round of the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament, as they lost back-to-back games to NU and La Salle after sweeping the first round.

Terrence Romeo overcame an ankle injury and led the Tams with a college career-high of 32 points.

FEU was also playing without former UAAP MVP RR Garcia, who was serving a one-game suspension

LaKazTaMa
08-26-2013, 02:08 PM
UAAP: Tamaraws survive Red Warriors in double OT
By Celest R. Flores
INQUIRER.net
7:54 pm | Sunday, August 25th, 2013 20 232 55

Terrence Romeo. Photo by Junnel Maranan/ICM

MANILA, Philippines — With tremendous effort from both sides, Far Eastern University had the last say and survived University of the East 98-94 in double overtime Sunday in the UAAP season 79 men’s basketball tournament.


The Tamaraws, which blew a 17-point lead in regulation then had to play catch up mostly in the extra 10 minutes, arrested a two-game slide and protected their hold of the top spot with an 8-2 record.


Terrence Romeo, who struggled in the last two games, finished with 30 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals, and had a massive triple three with 2:07 left in second OT which gave the Tamaraws a 95-91 breather.

But that spread was sparked by a triple from Gryann Mendoza 22 seconds earlier to pull FEU within one. It was another timely trey from the forward, who earlier in the first OT foiled an inbound play by UE then uncorked a triple which set up Mike Tolomia’s heroics.

Tolomia, who fouled Roi Sumang twice from beyond the arch in the act of shooting in the fourth period, made amends by drilling a crucial triple with 3.1 seconds left in first OT which tied the game anew at 85.

Those triples fueled the Tamaraws, who were without former MVP RR Garcia, all game, especially when they needed it most.

Mendoza and Tolomia added 15 and 13 markers, respectively for the Tamaraws and also combined for nine of their 22 assists.

Anthony Hargrove also had 12 points including last three FEU points.

The Warriors, meanwhile, saw their four-game winning streak snapped for a 5-4 card after missing on several attempts to put the Tamaraws away in the OT.

UE lost a seven point lead late in the first OT, then a winded Roi Sumang just made one of his two freethrows with 11.3 seconds left which the paved way for the Tamaraws to send the game into another five minutes.

Sumang had 25 points on 6-of-19 shooting, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. Ralf Olivares, whose jumper tied the game 70 at the end of regulation, added 21 points.

Charles Mammie’s monster effort with 17 points and 27 rebounds, a new season best, was put to waste as the Red Warriors dropped to 5-4.

LaKazTaMa
08-26-2013, 02:20 PM
Sans Garcia, FEU hopes to arrest skid vs hot UE
By Josiah Albelda Posted Aug 25th 2013

The FEU Tamaraws try to arrest a two-game losing skid without suspended RR Garcia when they collide with the red-hot UE Red Warriors, who have won four in a row.

Test after test after test.

With its invincibility dashed by back-to-back losses, Far Eastern University attempts to get back on track in the 76th UAAP men's basketball tournament on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Tamaraws take on red-hot University of the East in the main game at 4 p.m., with FEU the underdogs as they will be playing without suspended star guard and former MVP RR Garcia.

Garcia, who averages 13.9 points per game, was slapped a one-game suspension by the UAAP for incurring two unsportsmanlike fouls, the last of which was during the Tamaraws' loss to De La Salle University last Sunday.

And if FEU is bent on arresting its alarming skid, then top MVP contender Terrence Romeo should start making baskets.

Romeo, who normed more than 20 points in the first round, has been limited to just a total of 20 points in his last two games, making only 7 of 35 shots.

But if there's any consolation for the Tamaraws is that their losses have been close and a few breaks of the game could have made them 9-0.

On the other hand, the Red Warriors have been firing on all cylinders after a slow start and will look to get FEU as their fifth straight victim.

Roi Sumang almost singlehandedly powered UE to a comeback win over University of Santo Tomas, when the Warriors clawed back from an 11-point deficit in the final period to eke out a win.

Without Garcia to put the clamps on him, Sumang would definitely give coach Nash Racela headaches even as Charles Mammie gets the chance to finally impose his might against Anthony Hargrove.

LaKazTaMa
08-26-2013, 02:21 PM
.Never-say-die FEU fights back to beat UE in 2 OT
By Josiah Albelda Posted Aug 25th 2013

Terrence Romeo scored a career-high 30 in the seniors division as he powered FEU to a double-overtime victory over UE.

Coming off after a bruising battle, coach Nash Racela only felt two things: joy and relief.

Joy because his wards never ever gave up, not even after staring at a seven-point deficit with 23 seconds left.

Relief because that grueling game -- one played through 50 minutes of basketball time and probably double that in total action -- is finally over.

And when everything was said and done, it was Racela's Far Eastern University who emerged on top after beating University of the East, 98-94, in the 76th UAAP men's basketball tournament Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Terrence Romeo broke out of a slump and recorded a career-high 30 points -- including five in the second overtime -- while also grabbing seven rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Tamaraws.

Gryann Mendoza played the hero's role, too, and submitted the best game of his life with 15 points, 13 rebounds and four three-pointers -- two of them drained in the most crucial of moments.

Mike Tolomia wouldn't be left behind, forcing second overtime with that dagger of a three and wounding up with 13 markers, seven boards and six assists.

"I told them nothing is impossible," said Racela. "At least tonight, they believed in me. I'm so proud of them. I think this is the first time I'll say that I'm so, so proud of them."

But it was a win that almost never was for FEU, who led by 17 early in the fourth period only to collapse as Roi Sumang and Ralf Olivares stepped on the gas pedal to force overtime.

A triple by Archie Inigo handed the Tamaraws a 65-48 advantage with almost eight minutes left in the game and FEU still looked headed for an easy victory after two free-throws by Carl Cruz shoved them ahead, 69-58, with 4:04 remaining.

Then Sumang and Olivares went to work.

Sumang, the spitfire guard, made two free-throws and drilled a three-pointer to make it 69-63 with 2:51 left on the clock.

Romeo then split his charities to bring it back to seven for the Tamaraws, but Olivares and Sumang conspired for a regulation-closing 7-0 run that turned what has been a rout into a nail-biter.

The Warriors continued to pound FEU in overtime and this time looked headed for the win after an Olivares basket put them up, 84-77, with just 23 seconds remaining.

The Tamaraws, however, would not be denied.

Romeo scored an easy basket before Mendoza converted a triple off a botched inbounds play to make it 84-82 in a span of nine seconds.

Sumang was fouled in the ensuing play but made just one of two foul shots.

Down three with 11 seconds left, Tolomia pulled up for a three with just three ticks remaining to force a second extra period just when FEU was given up for dead already.

Romeo then starred in an 8-4 run that gave the Tamaraws a 95-91 lead midway through the second overtime.

With players from both teams cramping up, it was FEU who proved to be steadier, with Anthony Hargrove sealing the deal with three more points.

"It's no secret that we wanted to win," Racela added. "We just wanted to get a win. That was very tough to get rid of the past."

Sumang delivered 25 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals, Olivares had 21 markers and Charles Mammie hauled down 17 points, 27 rebounds and two blocks for UE.

The scores:

FEU (98) - Romeo 30, Mendoza 15, Tolomia 13, Hargrove 12, Cruz 9, Inigo 6, Belo 6, Pogoy 5, Sentcheu 2, Lee Yu 0, Delfinado 0, Aguilon 0

UE (94) - Sumang 25, Olivares 21, Mammie 17, Noble 11, Santos 6, Jumao-as 5, Casajeros 4, Galanza 3, Javier 2, Olayon 0, Sumido 0, Hernandez 0, Guion 0, Flores 0, Alberto 0

Quarters: 26-13, 42-31, 59-46, 70-70, 85-85, 98-94

tamarawz_14
08-26-2013, 02:40 PM
nice game for the tams... may curse tlaga tayo pag dating sa 2nd round.. sana wala ng controversy...

Dark Knight
08-27-2013, 11:41 AM
Pass of the year should be given to Racela to Cruz. Hahaha. I mean Carl was open for the trey. If it went in, it would have been a different story.

LaKazTaMa
08-27-2013, 05:11 PM
hahaha thats true, but kudos to our Tams solid plays til 2nd overtime nice wins after 2setback.

LaKazTaMa
08-27-2013, 05:18 PM
Lost in glow of Romeo's career game are heroics of two players. Meet FEU's unsung heroes
By Reuben Terrado

August 26, 2013, 09:55 pm

Gryann Mendoza and Mike Tolomia turned from goat to heroes for the FEU Tamaraws in one of the most thrilling UAAP games in years. Jerome Ascano

LOST in the glow of Terrence Romeo's career game on Sunday night were the heroics of two players.

Romeo's 30-point performance understandably got most of the attention after Far Eastern University's double-overtime win over University of the East, but there was no way the Tamaraws could've won what is considered one of the most thrilling UAAP games in years without the clutch plays of Gryann Mendoza and Mike Tolomia.

The Tams were staring at a 77-84 deficit in the final 23 seconds of the first overtime when Mendoza and Tolomia - both having trouble shooting consistently - made their move.

After a Romeo basket, Mendoza took advantage of a major lapse by the Red Warriors, intercepting an inbound pass by Adi Santos and then burying a three-pointer from the deep left corner to cut down UE's lead to 82-84.

Then Tolomia took over.

With FEU down by just three after Roi Sumang split his charities, the younger brother of former PBA player Chester Tolomia faked a hand-off to Romeo then buried a three-pointer that tied the game at 85-all and forced the second overtime.

FEU coach Nash Racela said the two exemplified the attitude he wants the Tamaraws to develop.

“That’s something that we are learning, playing through adversity,' Racela said. "Ganun talaga. We are faced with problems kahit sa buhay, but ang importante is you find a way to play through it. That’s what the whole team did.”

Ironically, both Mendoza and Tolomia made lapses in judgment that almost cost the match.

In the waning seconds of regulation and with the score tied at 70-all, Tolomia threw a pass that was way too high for a teammate for one of his team-high seven turnovers in the game that gave UE an opportunity to go for a game-winner.

Mendoza, meanwhile, missed several crucial shots including two of three free throws that would have closed the gap for the Tamaraws in the first overtime.

He was more than glad to be given the opportunity to atone.

“Naiinis din ako na ‘yung breaks, hindi napupunta sa amin. Wala akong ma-shoot. Thankful ako sa mga teammates ko na they were still setting me up, and they were sacrificing to share the ball,” said the 22-year-old Mendoza, who finished the game with 15 points and 13 rebounds on 5-of-14 shooting from the field.

"It’s a collective effort. Hindi ko magagawa ‘yun kung hindi dahil sa kanila."

Despite the fourth quarter miscue, Tolomia said he was still confident about his game.

“Siguro talagang buo lang ang loob ko nung huli,” Tolomia said. “Anticipated ko na i-de-deny nila si Terrence. Kung malibre si Terrence, ibibigay ko sa kanya. Kung ma-libre ako, ititira ko.”

Tolomia, who shot 5-of-18 from the field and had 13 points, seven rebounds, and six assists in the game, noted the importance of FEU breaking its two-game slump following the win over the Tamaraws.

“Kung matalo kami, baka tuluy tuloy na ‘yung pagkatalo namin. Maganda ‘yung pag-stop sa talo namin,” said Tolomia.

LaKazTaMa
08-27-2013, 05:24 PM
UAAP: FEU ends UE’s magic spell and survives
by Enzo Flojo
Monday, 26 August 2013 6 Comments by JOSEF T. RAMOS

Both teams left everything out on the floor in this marathon match, but in the end it was the FEU Tamaraws who notched an important win in Season 76 of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Far Eastern University relied on Terrence Romeo’s big plays to survive a grueling double overtime win over a hard-fighting University of the East side, 98-94.

“Puso lang talaga. Pilay na, bumalik pa, at nanalo pa kami,” said FEU head coach Nash Racela of Romeo. “I thought he wouldn’t return after twisting his ankle for the second time, but he came back and led us.”

Romeo, who piled up a career-high 30 points along with seven boards, four assists and three steals, buried a big trey in the second overtime to help the Tamaraws return to form after back-to-back defeats. They now carry a league-leading 8-2 win-loss mark.

He scored a triple with only 2:05 remaining in the second extension, and it handed FEU a 95-91 lead. The Red Warriors couldn’t handle the pressure with main players Roi Sumang, Ralph Olivarez and Charles Mammie succumbing to cramps.

“I don’t want to sit down on the bench and just watch them [my teammates]. I just wanted to play and contribute despite the pain in my ankle,” said Romeo, who felt pain after colliding with 6-foot-8 center Mammie in the second half.

The Tamaraws missed the services of Ryan Roose Garcia, who served a one-game suspension because of a second unsportsmanlike foul. FEU’s shock troopers, however, played quality minutes for the Tamaraws in that pressure-packed double overtime game.

“I told my teammates, especially those who only play limited minutes, that it is time for them to show what they’ve got,” Romeo added. “Just like Archie (Inigo), he played well.”

The Red Warriors erased a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t complete the comeback win. They absorbed their fourth loss in nine games.

“We need to recover from this loss. We must show maturity,” said UE mentor Boyzie Zamar, whose team will face the National University Bulldogs on Saturday. “I believe we will rise again.”

FEU was on the brink of defeat in the first overtime after UE took a seven-point lead with only 23.5 ticks to go. The Tamaraws, however, forced a couple of UE turnovers that culminated in Mike Tolomia burying a deep three with only 3.1 seconds remaining to tie the score at 85-all and force the second extension.

“Miracles do happen,” said Racela. “Nothing is impossible.”

Although the Red Warriors were down 48-65 in the early goings of fourth period, Olivarez and Sumang led UE’s mighty comeback with a blistering 22-5 assault to erase the deficit and send the game to its first overtime at 70-all.

Gryann Mendoza produced 15 points and 13 rebounds, Tolomia piled up 13 points, and 6’6 big man Anthony Hargrove had 12 points for the Tamaraws, who shot 45 percent from the field against the Red Warriors’ 39 percent.

One reason UE was able to stage a comeback was due to FEU’s 25 turnovers, which the Reds converted to 23 points.

Sumang led UE with 25 points along with seven rebounds and five assists while Olivarez finished with 21 points. Mammie had 17 points and 27 rebounds. (EF/Inboundpass.com)

FEU 98 — Romeo 30, Mendoza 15, Tolomia 13, Hargrove 12, Cruz 9, Inigo 6, Belo 6, Pogoy 5, Sentcheu 2, Lee Yu 0, Delfinado 0, Aguilon 0.

UE 94 — Sumang 25, Olivares 21, Mammie 17, Noble 11, Santos 6, Jumao-as 5, Casajeros 4, Galanza 3, Javier 2, Olayon 0, Sumido 0, Hernandez 0, Guion 0, Flores 0, Alberto 0.

QS: 25-13, 42-31, 59-46, 70-70, 85-85, 98-94

LaKazTaMa
08-27-2013, 05:29 PM
“Miracles do happen,” said Racela. “Nothing is impossible.”

tamarawz_14
08-27-2013, 09:19 PM
mendoza and cruz, last season na rin ba nila???

Sam Miguel
08-29-2013, 11:06 AM
Romeo to bashers: 'Bahala sila mag-isip ng gusto nila. Wala akong paki'

By Mei-Lin Lozada

August 29, 2013, 10:42 am

"Pero kung 'yun ang gusto nilang isipin bahala sila, opinyon nila yan. Kanya-kanya naman ng opinyon kung saan sila masaya suportahan ko sila,” says FEU star Terrence Romeo after the loss to Ateneo.

FAR Eastern University top gun Terrence Romeo has brushed off criticism from haters who have been bashing the leading Most Valuable Player contender from the start of the UAAP season.

Romeo has been at the receiving end of accusations ranging from being too individualistic to deliberately losing a game by bashers who were at it again on Wednesday after the Tamaraws’ lopsided 92-73 loss to five-time defending champion Ateneo.

It was the third loss in four outings for the Tamaraws in the second round following an impressive seven-game sweep of the first round and the heat naturally fell on the flamboyant Romeo, a one-time UAAP juniors MVP and former league Rookie of the Year.

Still, Romeo said he isn’t affected by the criticism.

“Bahala sila mag-isip ng gusto nila, wala akong paki,” he related to Spin.ph as he sat outside the team dugout at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum shortly after the game.

Romeo finished with 19 points and went 7-of-24 from the floor for the Tamaraws (8-3), three days after pouring in a new career-high 30 points in FEU’s dramatic 98-94 double-overtime win over University of the East.

“Sa (next game) bawi na lang. Pero kung 'yun ang gusto nilang isipin bahala sila, opinyon nila yan. Kanya-kanya naman ng opinyon kung saan sila masaya suportahan ko sila,” he added.

But he did admit complacency caused the Tamaraws to lose against the Blue Eagles.

Romeo, who two weeks ago also engaged former Ateneo mainstay Nico Salva in a heated exchange of words over Twitter, noted the Tamaraws were still in a celebratory mode coming off the huge win over the Warriors on Sunday.

“Hindi ko alam, siguro andoon pa 'yung last game namin, 'yung panalo (sa UE) 'di pa kami tapos mag-celebrate kaya relax na relax kami,” he said.

The 21-year old guard cited the short time the team had to prepare for the reigning champions, although he was quick to point out the Tamaraws’ mistakes.

“Actually hindi naman namin inisip na mag-relax eh,” he said. “Natural na lang siguro na mag-relax kami.”

“Kulang na rin siguro `yung time na mag-prepare, pero pareho naman kami (ng Ateneo) na naglaro noon (Sunday) pero hindi naman reason 'yun,” he added.

Sam Miguel
08-29-2013, 11:18 AM
Awesome Eagles destroy Tams

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

1:00 am | Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Ateneo has turned from a struggling defending champion to a dangerous contender yet again.

A sizzling Ateneo squad broke loose early and the Blue Eagles went on to overwhelm the Far Eastern Tamaraws, 92-73, for their fifth straight victory in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament yesterday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Juami Tiongson and Kiefer Ravena fueled a dominant start where the Eagles shot nearly 60 percent from the field in the first half and built a 23-point spread, 51-28, at the break.

The surprise blowout win pushed Ateneo to a share of third with arch rival La Salle at 6-4, a huge turnaround from a 0-3 start in its bid for a sixth straight crown.

“The kind of winning mentality that Ateneo had in previous years is coming into play now,” said Ateneo coach Bo Perasol. “I believe that’s what’s happening, and of course, there’s our emphasis on making stops.”

In the second game, University of Santo Tomas arrested a three-game slide with an 80-67 blasting of Adamson.

Karim Abdul collected 19 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks while Ed Daquioag and Aljon Mariano sparked the Tigers’ pivotal fourth-quarter breakaway.

“This season has been disappointing because we have so many injuries,” said coach Pido Jarencio as his Tigers remained in sixth place with a 5-5 record.

UST top gunner Jeric Teng, who sat out anew due to a latest injury on his hamstring, had been listed as “day-to-day.”

Tiongson drilled 20 points built on a 7-of-10 shooting clip and Ravena added 18 points, nine boards and five assists to lead the Eagles, who spoiled the Tamaraws’ bid to secure at least a playoff for a Final Four slot.

“The significance of this win is that now we’re in the top four,” said Perasol, who still called the shots despite a recent kidney stone surgery.

The scores:

First Game

ATENEO 92—Tiongson 20, Ravena 18, Newsome 11, Tolentino 9, Golla 9, Buenafe 9, Pessumal 5, Elorde 5, Capacio 4, Erram 2, Murphy 0, Enriquez 0, Asuncion 0, Asistio 0.

FEU 73—Romeo 19, Garcia 11, Tolomia 9, Pogoy 9, Hargrove 6, Belo 6, Jose 5, Iņigo 3, Cruz 3, Lee Yu 2, Sentcheu 0, Mendoza 0, Luz 0, Dennison 0, Delfinado 0, Aguilon 0.

Quarters: 26-11, 51-28, 73-45, 92-73

Second Game

UST 80—Abdul 19, Daquioag 17, Mariano 16, Lo 8, Ferrer 8, Bautista 6, Sheriff 4, Hainga 2, Pe 0.

ADAMSON 67—Brondial 15, Cruz 13, Trollano 12, Rios 12, Sewa 6, Cabrera 5, Monteclaro 2, Iņigo 2, Petilos 0, Julkipli 0, Agustin 0, Abrigo 0.

Quarters: 15-18, 31-30, 51-47, 80-67

Dark Knight
08-29-2013, 12:13 PM
We treated our game against UE as if its a championship game that we took our game against Ateneo like an exhibition game. If we are keen on taking our 2oth this year, we have to win the last 3 games and hope we dont face a tough squad in the F4.

Still, the lack of big man is evident.

LaKazTaMa
08-29-2013, 01:46 PM
its like a Donut big hole in the middle

LaKazTaMa
08-29-2013, 01:48 PM
Two-overtime hangover blamed for FEU letdown
By Reuben Terrado

August 28, 2013, 06:35 pm

“We weren’t able to match the energy level of Ateneo,” says FEU coach Nash Racela following the 19-point blowout loss. “We were thinking that it might be the effect of the double overtime win last Sunday.”

THREE days removed from an exhausting double-overtime win, Far Eastern University obviously didn’t have enough gas against five-time defending champion Ateneo in a 92-73 loss Wednesday in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.

FEU coach Nash Racela believes the Tamaraws haven’t recovered yet from their thrilling 98-94 win over University of the East Red Warriors Sunday in a game that extended to two extra periods and took 58 minutes to complete.

“We weren’t able to match the energy level of Ateneo,” said Racela following the team’s 19-point blowout loss. “We were thinking that it might be the effect of the double overtime win last Sunday.”

The Tamaraws were so listless that at one point, they even trailed the Eagles by as many as 33 points.

“Feeling ko, hindi pa nakaka-recover ‘yung mga players,” Racela added.

The FEU mentor bared a few players showed signs of fatigue that Gryann Mendoza, one of the heroes for the Tamaraws in the dramatic win over the Warriors, already suffered cramps as early as the first period in their game against Ateneo.

“I told the players at halftime to be honest with me. I told them, ‘If you are hurting or tired, sabi ko I won’t take it against you.’ I rather play other people. Hindi naman sila umamin pero it was very obvious.”

Racela said the mood inside the locker room remains positive notwithstanding the Tamaraws' third loss in their last four outings.

“That is why in the postgame (talk), it was still positive because everybody goes through it. Ang importante is how we can recover,” said the Tamaraws coach.

Dark Knight
08-29-2013, 04:57 PM
I dunno about the hangover thing. Im expecting the Tams in high octane energy after our thrilling win. Our win against UE should have served as a motivation to win even more.

LaKazTaMa
08-31-2013, 04:58 PM
They simply tired after our classic win over UE but then again No excuses ..Blue Eagles soared High .

LaKazTaMa
08-31-2013, 04:59 PM
UE players face 2-game ban for attacking FEU's Romeo
ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 08/27/2013 9:28 PM | Updated as of 08/28/2013 3:56 PM

ABS-CBNNews.comMANILA – The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) has meted suspensions against University of the East (UE) players Charles Mammie and Lord Casajeros who were caught attacking Far Eastern University’s (FEU) Terrence Romeo during their game last Sunday.

UAAP Commissioner Chito Loyzaga banned Mammie and Casajeros for two matches for their rough play against Romeo during UE’s 94-98 double-overtime loss to FEU.

Mammie was called for an unsportsmanlike foul for extending a foot on Romeo’s landing area 7:15 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

Mammie’s play aggravated Romeo’s ankle injury which the latter sustained during practice.

Loyzaga said that since it was Mammie’s third unsportsmanlike foul, the Sierra Leone native will be banned for two games.

"You received your first warning notice for an unsportsmanlike foul committed dated July 8, 2013. You received your second notice of a similar nature was given dated July 11, 2013. Since this is the third time you were assessed a foul of this similar nature, you are therefore suspended for two official games effective immediately," said Loyzaga in his memo addressed to Mammie.

Casajeros, on the other hand, was caught hitting Romeo twice during that same game.

He was seen punching Romeo in the second quarter, and was again spotted throwing an elbow against the FEU player's face during the first overtime period.

Although it was only the second time Casajeros was cited for an unsportsmanlike foul, the gravity of his actions warranted a two-game ban, said the UAAP chieftain.

“Due to the flagrant, unsportsmanlike actions you displayed during your last game, you are therefore suspended for two official games effective immediately,” said Loyzaga.

The suspensions could hurt UE in the second round as it is scheduled to play against 2nd-ranked National University on Saturday, and 3rd–ranked De La Salle on September 4.

La Salle’s Thomas Torres was also handed a one-game suspension for hitting University of the Philippines (UP) Sam Marata in the other UAAP game last Sunday.

It was Torres’ second unsportsmanlike foul since he was given his first warning last July 15

LaKazTaMa
08-31-2013, 05:04 PM
FEU's Romeo shakes off injury to score career-high
By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 08/26/2013 3:30 PM | Updated as of 08/27/2013 12:24 PM

FEU star guard Terrence Romeo overcame an ankle injury to score a career-high 30 points and power the Tamaraws past the UE Red Warriors in double-overtime. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines – It seemed like a scene from the nightmares of Far Eastern University (FEU) fans: the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors were mounting a rally, and the Tamaraws’ star guard, Terrence Romeo, was crumpled on the court of the Araneta Coliseum, clutching his left ankle.

During the fourth quarter of the epic double-overtime showdown between FEU and UE, Romeo landed on the foot of Warriors center Charles Mammie after hoisting a triple – he missed – and landed awkwardly.

His teammates were seemingly unaware of it and play went on the other side of the court for nearly a minute while Romeo writhed in pain just inches from the FEU bench. The FEU side of the Araneta was hushed, as the league’s top MVP candidate laid face down on the court.

Romeo eventually stood up on his own, shook off the ankle injury, and sat on the bench for just a few moments. He re-entered the game late in the fourth-quarter, and proved to be instrumental in the Tamaraw’s 98-94 victory in double-overtime.

“Bali na-twist po 'yung paa ko,” Romeo said after the game. “Inisip ko na lang, gusto ko talaga bumalik eh. So hanggang kaya ko pa i-hakbang, ilalaro ko po.”

Romeo finished with a college career-high of 30 points in 41 minutes of action, and drained the dagger triple in the second overtime.

Remarkably, FEU coach Nash Racela did not even expect Romeo to suit up for the game, as the player also injured his left ankle during the Tamaraws’ practice the day before.

“Yesterday, natapilok si Terrence sa practice,” Racela told reporters after the game. “That’s why noong natapilok na naman ulit kanina, medyo sabi ko, mukang wala na.”

“But it just shows the heart of Terrence. He just wants to play,” he said.

The Tamaraws needed every single one of Romeo’s 30 points, as they were already playing without former league Most Valuable Player RR Garcia, who served a one-game suspension.

But both Romeo and Racela gave high praise to the FEU role-players, led by Archie Iņigo, for putting together solid performances.

“Ni-remind ko sila na kailangan namin mag-step up, especially ‘yung mga wala masyadong minutes,” said Romeo. “Si Archie, sobrang laki ng tinulojng niya. Nag-step up siya, at pati ‘yung ibang mga bench players namin.”

“That’s what most of the media were asking – how will you be able to solve that problem of losing RR in this game?” noted Racela. “That’s the answer.”

“You had Iņigo, Joel Lee Yu, even sa huli I had to use Jeson Delfinado and Joshua Aguilon,” he added. “But that’s what the team is about – guys being ready to step up, and guys being ready to step forward.”

LaKazTaMa
08-31-2013, 05:06 PM
The Final Score
: The thrilling balance between Nash Racela and Terrence Romeo
By MICO HALILIAugust 27, 2013 7:23pm

Terrence Romeo (L) took on all comers and ultimately helped the FEU Tamaraws stave off the UE Red Warriors in double overtime. KC Cruz

Watching Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia co-exist in every play, in every game, even if the tension between them is part-perception and part-reality, is must-watch TV. Yet during the double-overtime game between FEU and UE, minus Garcia who was suspended for one game, I focused on Romeo and head coach Nash Racela. I’m glad I did.

[Related: Garcia-less FEU Tamaraws endure two OTs before dispatching UE Red Warriors]

I understand Racela’s dilemma. Well, let’s not call it a dilemma. Let’s call it a circumstance. You can’t turn a person into what he’s not. Or you can try and turn that person into a better version of what he is. Your choice: prevent Romeo from being Romeo (good luck with that) or let Romeo be Romeo (a conservative move) or, better yet, let Romeo become the best Romeo he can be.

Romeo is theatrical in all kinds of ways. Amazing. Frustrating. Confusing. Breathtaking. Some players perform with ice water in their veins. If you cut Romeo, I think molten lava will come gushing out instead. There’s fury in every side step, every dribble, ever step-back three-pointer, every drive to the hoop. I understand why people want him to pass the ball during certain situations. But I also embrace his resolve; it’s like watching Maximus or Achilles take on an entire army.

On the other hand, Racela, the placid one, is the type who’ll calmly remind Romeo, “Terrence, alam mo naman nangyari kay Maximus and Achilles in the end, right?”

If it sounds like I’m encouraging Romeo to be as Romeo as he can be, I guess I am. I can afford to do that; I’m just an observer, not his coach. Palibhasa hindi naman ako ang tatamaan ng migraine if he decides to shoot one hundred shots in the first half alone. Because when he goes on full Dragon Ball Z mode, observing what happens to him, his coach and his team becomes ten times more fun.

When FEU won its first seven games, placing itself in the penthouse suite of the UAAP at the end of the first round, it didn’t accomplish the feat through cruise control. Suspense accompanied every step. Doom held hands with deliverance the whole time. It’s like watching Jason Bourne scamper through a gauntlet of bad guys. He’s the good guy. You know he’ll prevail. But you also know he’ll have an incredibly hard time making it happen. FEU’s campaign from a viewer’s standpoint: a tenuous spectacle.

Whatever happens during their remaining games and beyond, I suspect the Tamaraws will become the most compelling storyline of the season. Romeo likes living on the edge. Racela has the perfect temperament to make he sure he doesn’t fall off the cliff. The narrative has been set. Even with a seemingly precarious balance between player and coach, even when critics long for Romeo to become the Romeo people want him to be, FEU’s first place standing suggests that the yin and yang between the frantic star and his unflappable coach works. Sorry guys, cruise control is for the weak. - AMD, GMA News

LaKazTaMa
08-31-2013, 05:33 PM
RR Garcia or Terrence Romeo: Who’s the heir to the throne of King Tamaraw Arwind Santos?
by inboundpass
Friday, 30 August 2013 by Marasigan Chavez



The ongoing debate among Far Eastern University basketball diehards is that the new King Tamaraw should either be Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia.

But for Arwind Santos, FEU’s reigning King Tamaraw, that the heir to the throne should be anyone who could key the team’s championship run.

“Mahirap na tanong yan, pero pareho silang deserving,” Santos told inboundpass.com when asked about his thoughts on the FEU backcourt mates.

“Mahirap mamili. Mamimili ako kapag dumating na yung time na nasa Finals na sila. Matagal na silang naglalaro pero hindi pa nasusundan yung championship namin. Doon ko makikita sa finals kung sino talaga yung pandiinan sa dulo. Kung sino yung makakapag-lead para mag-champion yung FEU yun ang deserving na maging King Tamaraw,” added Santos, now the premier forward of the Petron Blaze Boosters in the PBA.

Both players have shown leadership qualities for the Tamaraws. Both of them also love to play at clutch situations.

Denok Miranda, long-time teammate of Santos and part of the last FEU champion squad was able to see Romeo and Garcia’s upbringing in and out of the court.

“Nakakapunta ako sa practice nila. Kasama rin ako sa team building nila sa Cebu. So on and off the court nakiita ko sila,” said Miranda.

“Si Boss Anton (Montinola) kasi medyo pinasasabay ako sa kanila just to give them inspiration. Pinatutulong rin ako because we’re the last members of the FEU champion team.”

But from the way Miranda sees it, FEU’s system isn’t focused on individuals which gives him a hard time to figure out the likely King Tamaraw.

“Kapag kasi sinabi mo na yung FEU ngayon team ni RR or team ni Terrence, baka lumaki ulo nila kasi alam mo naman kapag college players hindi pa ganun ka-mature. Pero pareho naman talaga silang magaling. Sa totoo lang pwede na nga sila sa PBA, pero sana madala nila sa championship yung team and if ever, baka isa sa kanila ang rightful na maging King Tamaraw,” added Miranda.

Sam Miguel
09-02-2013, 10:31 AM
Abdul powers UST past FEU in double OT

By Mark Giongco

INQUIRER.net

3:28 pm | Sunday, September 1st, 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Karim Abdul came up big down the stretch as University of Santo Tomas stunned Far Eastern University 79-78 in double overtime in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Abdul powered his way to 24 points, including a three-point play that made it 79-76 with only 32.5 seconds left before sealing the Growling Tigers’ sixth win with a huge block on a potential game-tying attempt by Mark Belo.

“Akala ko hindi na matapos. Players yon. It’s all about the players. They didn’t give up. The effort, the desire and the heart were all there. Yon ang hinahanap ko,” said UST head coach Pido Jarencio, whose team fought back from 12 points down in the third quarter.

“Si Karim nung second round he really wanted to prove something na siya dapat ang MVP last year,” added Jarencio on his Cameroonian center.

Aljon Mariano added 21 points, highlighted by a clutch triple that forced the first overtime. Kevin Ferrer, who played through a sprained ankle, chipped in with 15 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and two steals.

With the win, UST will move into a tie in fourth place after Ateneo and La Salle, teams with identical 6-4 records, tangle later.

Terrence Romeo paced the Tamaraws, who have now lost four of their five games in the second round after a 7-0 start dropped to second place behind idle National University, with 19 points on a handful of bad shots en route to a miserable seven-of-23 shooting from the field.

Part of Romeo’s misses was a contested deep three in the waning seconds of the first overtime.

Clark Bautista, who is celebrating his birthday today, scored six points, three came with 10.9 ticks left that paved the way for the second overtime.

UST skipper Jeric Teng missed his second straight game due to a right hamstring injury.

bchoter
09-02-2013, 11:13 AM
If I wasn't on the other side I would have loved watching Mac Belo and the 2 undersized power forwards, Manedoza and the other one. Bundles of energy who play smart... unlike mr. hero ball...

Dark Knight
09-02-2013, 12:12 PM
So whats new?

I really feel UST is destined to win this ballgame. First the trifecta of Bautista and the non counting of Tolomia's follow up shot. Terrence always wanted to be a hero but ended up as the goat most of the time.

Id rather play Inigo.

Dark Knight
09-02-2013, 12:40 PM
The best we can achieve right now is 10-4 and hope NU will stumble in 1 of their remaining 2 games. Siguro naman winnable na yung games against Adamson and UP. NU will face tougher teams so may pagasa pa for the no. 1 seed.

Dark Knight
09-04-2013, 08:47 AM
That is if we ended up tied, who would get the higher quotient?, if the league will be using the quotient system in case 2 teams are tied for the no. 1 spot. Im kinda dumb bout the rules.

Anyway, it would'nt matter anymore as long as we get the twice to beat advantage.

Dark Knight
09-06-2013, 12:59 PM
FEU's Hargrove handed one-game suspension for unsportsmanlike foul

FAR Eastern University slotman Anthony Hargrove has joined the growing list of UAAP players who have fallen prey to the strict and yet contentious league rule after getting a one-game suspension for committing a second unsportsmanlike foul this season.

League insiders said Hargrove was suspended for one game by commissioner Chito Loyzaga for committing the infraction on University of Santo Tomas center Karim Abdul in the third quarter of their game last Saturday which the Tigers won after two extra periods, 79-78.

The American player has previously been given a warning this season, leading to the automatic suspension which will keep him out of the Tamaraws' match against Adamson on Saturday.

Hargrove's suspension follows a similar one-game ban served out by FEU star RR Garcia.

He is the latest player to be suspended owing to such violation after the trio of University of the East's Charles Mammie, Lord Casajeros, and Ralf Olivares.

LaKazTaMa
09-06-2013, 10:56 PM
Hargrove absence leaves big hole in FEU frontline
By Reuben Terrado

September 06, 2013, 07:25 pm

The ban on Anthony Hargrove leaves a big hole in FEU's frontline. Jerome Ascano The ban on Anthony Hargrove leaves a big hole in FEU's frontline. Jerome Ascano


FAR EASTERN University attempts to snap out of a slump when it plays Adamson on Saturday, but will have to do it with an undermanned line-up at the resumption of the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament.

After sweeping the first round, the Tamaraws have only won one of their five second-round games for an 8-4 win-loss record going into their 4 p.m. match-up against the Falcons at the Mall of Asia Arena.

To make matters woese, center Anthony Hargrove will not be available for the Adamson game after being slapped with a one-game suspension by UAAP commissioner Chito Loyzaga for his second unsportsmanlike foul.

Hargrove’s infraction occurred during their 79-78 double overtime defeat against University of Santo Tomas last Sunday.

Hargrove’s absence leaves a hole in the Tamaraws frontline, giving coach Nash Racela a big problem defensively with Adamson boasting of two big men in Ingrid Sewa and Rodney Brondial.

Sewa and Brondial were dominant in their last game against University of the Philippines last August 31, combining for 18 points and 33 rebounds in a 67-53 victory that snapped their six-game losing skid.

Racela is now hoping for a collective effort on defense to make up for Hargrove’s absence.

“It will be doubly hard neutralizing Sewa especially without Hargrove. But we will have a better chance if we play together defensively,” said Racela.

Stakes are high for FEU in the game as a victory over Adamson will give the Tamaraws a seat in the Final Four, an achievement they failed to accomplish last season.

“Struggles are part of life. You need to learn how to play through it or above it to be able to succeed, something we as a team are learning to do,” said Racela.

Adamson is already out of contention for a semifinal berth with a 4-8 win-loss slate.

In the first game, UST hopes to enhance its Final Four chances when it takes on UP at 2 p.m.

The Tigers have won two straight games to stay within range for a semifinal seat, tying Ateneo for fourth place with a 6-5 win-loss slate.

The Maroons have lost 11 games this season.

LaKazTaMa
09-07-2013, 06:43 PM
UAAP: Romeo drops 32 as Tams turn back Falcons
By JOB B. DE LEON,GMA NewsSeptember 7, 2013 5:39pm

Terrence Romeo torched Ryan Monteclaro, Michael Agustin and the rest of the Adamson Falcons with 32 points on Saturday Photo by KC Cruz

Terrence Romeo pummeled the Adamson Soaring Falcons with 32 points to lead the Far Eastern University Tamaraws to a 92-80 win, breaking their two-game skid on Saturday, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Romeo's 32 points were a personal high in the seniors division, as well as a season high for the league, besting his own 30-point output against the UE Red Warriors in the second round.

The Tamaraws shook off the Falcons in the third quarter, embarking on a 19-3 run for a 63-45 lead. Adamson, who kept in step with FEU for much of the first half, couldn't sustain any momentum in the last 15 minutes owing to defensive lapses on their end.

FEU (9-4), who have a precarious hold on second place in the standings, booked themselves a spot in the final four. Meanwhile, the Falcons lost the seventh of their last eight games, and will look to end the season on a positive note versus the Red Warriors.

Terrence Romeo was in charge early on, scoring or assisting on 10 points for the Tamaraws. FEU also bottled up the Falcons in the halfcourt, denying Ingrid Sewa any touches. Instead, Rodney Brondial carried the cudgels for Adamson, trailing 19-10.

Axel Inigo was wide open for a long two at the 3:16 mark, and the Falcons got rolling from there. Brondial powered his way through the paint, while Jericho Cruz forced a couple of turnovers for easy layups. The duo combined for nine points in a 13-2 run, steering Adamson to a 23-21 lead after the first period.

Both teams traded baskets early in the second, until Romeo knotted the game at 30-apiece on a twisting semi-hook. FEU edged forward as Romeo played facilitator, feeding Raymar Jose and Roger Pogoy on transition tries. Don Trollano reclaimed the lead for Adamson with bursts of quickness to the hoop, 37-36.

With under two minutes left, the Tamaraws restored momentum as their guards looked to penetrate, while Adamson threw mostly blanks from long distance. Buying time from the charity stripe, FEU settled the half with a 44-40 at the break.

The Tamaraws shot at an impressive 18-of-30 (60 percent) clip, led by Romeo's 7-of-13 shooting. Meanwhile, the Falcons were 17-of-38 (44.7 percent) from the field. FEU trailed in the turnover spread (8-9) and led in turnover points (12-4).

Adamson began the second half with a Cruz-Sewa alley oop, though it did little to rev them up for a run. Cruz was benched after missing two shots in succession, and things went downhill from there.

Mac Belo took defenders off the dribble, scoring seven points in an ensuing 11-3 run, 55-45. This prompted the Falcons to call timeout at 5:24, but it brought no relief for Adamson, as Romeo burned them for six of their next eight points, 63-45.

With three minutes to play, the Falcons retaliated, as Roider Cabrera and Harry Petilos connected from beyond the arc. Despite splitting four charities in the stretch, Adamson went on a 10-2 run before a Garcia drive kept FEU's lead at 12 points, 67-55, heading into the final period.

Adamson couldn't capitalize on their momentum, as poor defensive rotations betrayed them. The Tamaraws reestablished an 80-61 lead after a Romeo triple with under five minutes to play.

Cruz answered with a layup, and Adamson went for one last push by aggressively trapping the Tamaraws in the halfcourt. But FEU found ways to break through, and would lead by no less than 13 points until the final buzzer.

FEU played without Anthony Hargrove, who served a one-game suspension for incurring a second unsportsmanlike foul during their duel with the UST Growling Tigers.

LaKazTaMa
09-07-2013, 07:22 PM
Garcia, Romeo excited to be back in Final Four

Reuben Terrado

September 07, 2013, 07:31 pm

RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo return to the semis after missing out last season. Jerome Ascano RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo return to the semis after missing out last season. Jerome Ascano


FAR Eastern University’s backcourt duo is looking forward to playing in the Final Four as they put their disappointing 2011 behind them.

Led by RR Farcia and Terrence Romeo, the Tamaraws captured their ninth victory on Saturday when they beat Adamson, 92-80, on Saturday. They advance to the semifinals, a contrast to last season where they failed to make it to the Final Four despite finishing with a winning 9-5 win-loss slate.

Garcia, who returned for his fifth and final year hoping to clinch a UAAP title before ending his college career, is elated that his team has made it to the next phase of the tournament.

“Siyempre, malaking pagkakataon ‘yun sa akin dahil last year ko na, hindi tulad nung last season na hindi kami nakapasok tapos sobrang sama pa ng season ko,” Garcia said.

“Eto na ’yung pagkakataon na bumawi talaga,” said the Gilas cadet pool member.

Romeo, meanwhile, is also excited to suit up in the Final Four under a different environment with FEU coach Nash Racela calling the shots.

“Sobrang excited ako sa Final Four lalo na sa tinatakbo ng team namin na iba ang culture,” said Romeo, who scored a season-best 32 points on Sunday.

“Gusto kong maglaro na iba ang culture, ibang FEU na maglalaro sa Final Four,” he added.

Romeo said that there was no concerted effort to eclipse his season-high as he was aching to bounce back from his woes in the past games.

“Galing ako sa masamang shooting nung last two games so sa practice, nag-extra shooting lang ako,” said Romeo.

Garcia, however, recognizes that the job is not yet done as the Tamaraws try to clinch a twice-to-beat berth in the Final Four, an incentive they haven’t achieved since they topped the eliminations in 2010.

“Kailangan pa naming magtrabaho. Tulad nga ng sabi ni coach, hindi pa tapos ang trabaho namin,” said Garcia.

LaKazTaMa
09-08-2013, 10:20 AM
Romeo helps FEU secure Final Four seat

ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 09/07/2013 6:00 PM | Updated as of 09/07/2013 7:26 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Terrence Romeo exploded for 32 points to help Far Eastern University (FEU) secure a ticket to the Final Four via a 92-80 win over Adamson University on Saturday’s UAAP men’s basketball.

Mark Belo had a career-high 18 points for FEU while RR Garcia added 14 as they rescued the Tamaraws from a two-game slump.

After trailing Adamson by 2 points in the first quarter, FEU closed the first half with a 44-40 lead.

Jericho Cruz and Ingrid Sewa made it a 2-point game for the Falcons, 44-42, early in the third. But Belo rallied the Tamaraws to a 19-3 run that put FEU further ahead, 66-45.

The triumvirate of Belo, Garcia and Romeo struck again in the fourth as they jacked up the Tamaraws’ lead to 19 points, 80-61.

Romeo finished the game with a season-high 32 points, breaking his 30-point output against the University of the East Red Warriors.

He also grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 4 assists.

With the victory, the Morayta-based dribblers notched their 9th win against 4 defeats. FEU also nabbed the solo-second place ahead of De La Salle University (8-4).

Adamson, meanwhile, fell to 4-9.

Box scores:

FEU 92 – Romeo 32, Belo 18, Garcia 14, Cruz 8, Mendoza 7, Tolomia 5, Sentcheu 2, Pogoy 2, Lee Yu 2, Jose 2, Inigo 0, Luz 0, Dennison 0, Delfinado 0, Aguilon 0.

ADU 80 – Trollano 25, Cruz 13, Rios 11, Brondial 9, Inigo 7, Sewa 6, Petilos 3, Cabrera 3, Cabigas 2, Monteclaro 1, Ochea 0, Julkipli 0, Agustin 0.

Quarterscores: 21-23; 44-40; 67-55; 92-80

LaKazTaMa
09-08-2013, 10:21 AM
Final four slot na.

LaKazTaMa
09-08-2013, 10:42 AM
Tams return to Final Four

By Anthony Divinagracia Posted Sep 7th 2013

FEU marked its return to the Final Four behind the unstoppable shooting of Terrence Romeo, who scored a season-high 32 points.

Far Eastern University (FEU) marked its return to the Final Four on Saturday behind the unstoppable sniping of Terrence Romeo who exploded for a season-high 32 points in the 76th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the MOA Arena.

Romeo poured 19 of his total output in the first half and inspired the rest of the Tamaraws towards the end to clobber a hard-fighting Adamson University, 92-80, as FEU snapped a two-game slide and more importantly kept its chances alive for a twice-to-beat incentive.

“We’re back where we belong,” FEU coach Nash Racela exclaimed after the Tamaraws rose to solo second at 9-4 behind early Final Four entrant National University (NU).

“All we wanted to do is get this one...It’s within reach. All we have to do is get it. Nasa tabi na namin e. We have achieved our initial goal right now which is to return to the Final Four.”

Mac Belo and RR Garcia also played big for the Tamaraws, dishing out 18 and 14 points, respectively.

“Gusto ko talagang maglaro sa Final Four kasama ‘tong FEU team na may bagong culture. Talagang nagsumikap kami na makuha ‘to,” said Romeo, the season's top MVP contender, who also had eight rebounds, four assists and a steal in 33 minutes of action.

He also became the fourth player to reach the 30-point barrier in a season since 2003, joining the ranks of Adamson’s Patrick Cabahug and former MVP Ken Bono, and two-time MVP Ray Parks of NU.

With Romeo catching fire early on, the Tamaraws raced to a 19-8 lead in the first quarter. But the Falcons responded with a 13-0 salvo to erase the deficit and grab the lead, 21-19.

Adamson stayed on FEU’s coattails until midway through the second period when the Tamaraws mounted an 8-3 attack to go up, 44-40, at the half.

Belo opened the Tamaraws’ third-quarter charge, nailing seven straight points including an open three to jack up FEU’s advantage, 55-42. Romeo then sank three straight baskets with 3:42 left to widen the gap, 63-45.

Yet Adamson countered with a 10-2 blast ignited by triples from Roider Cabrera and Harry Petilos to push the Falcons within, 55-65, heading into the final canto.



Yet Adamson countered with a 10-2 blast ignited by triples from Roider Cabrera and Harry Petilos to push the Falcons within, 55-65, heading into the final canto.

The hot-shooting Romeo resurfaced in the fourth, hitting seven points, including a triple that catapulted FEU to an insurmountable 80-59 lead for good. Garcia and Carl Cruz backstopped Romeo with six points each in that quarter alone.

Don Trollano flashed a career-high 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the perimeter, while Jericho Cruz and Jansen Rios added 13 and 11 for the Falcons, who dropped to 4-9.

The scores:

FEU 92 – Romeo 32, Belo 18, Garcia 14, Cruz 8, Mendoza 7, Tolomia 5, Sentcheu 2, Pogoy 2, Lee Yu 2, Jose 2, Inigo 0, Luz 0, Dennison 0, Delfinado 0, Aguilon 0,

ADU 80 – Trollano 25, Cruz 13, Rios 11, Brondial 9, Inigo 7, Sewa 6, Petilos 3, Cabrera 3, Cabigas 2, Monteclaro 1, Ochea 0, Julkipli 0, Agustin 0.

Quarter scores: 21-23, 44-40, 67-55, 92-80.

Joescoundrel
09-09-2013, 10:23 AM
Tams clinch Final 4 slot; Tigers strike

By Jasmine W. Payo

Philippine Daily Inquirer

12:15 am | Sunday, September 8th, 2013

REGAINING his fiery form, Terrence Romeo erupted for a season-best 32 points as Far Eastern University drubbed Adamson, 92-80, yesterday to barge into the Final Four of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.

Romeo got off to a sizzling start, dropping 19 points in the first two quarters before Mac Belo and RR Garcia starred in a strong finish that sent the Tamaraws to their ninth victory in 13 games

“We’re not relieved because we know our job isn’t over,” said coach Nash Racela after his Tamaraws joined National University (9-3) in the semifinals.

“Our initial goal was just to make it to the Final Four. It’s within our reach and all we had to do was get it. Today, we made a major step toward our eventual goal.”

Belo poured in 18 points, including seven straight to spark a 19-5 outburst that gave the Tamaraws an 18-point spread in the third period, 63-45, after a narrow 44-40 halftime lead.

Earlier, Aljon Mariano fueled a second-half breakaway as University of Santo Tomas roared to a 63-39 rout of a poor-shooting University of the Philippines.

Mariano finished with a double-double of 18 points, 12 coming in the second half, and 10 rebounds in the win that gave the Tigers solo fourth at 7-5.

“We still have a long way to go so we can’t relax,” coach Pido Jarencio said of his Tigers, who are tightly battling for the remaining two semifinal slots with La Salle, Ateneo and University of the East.

Romeo, one of only four players in the last 10 years to score multiple 30-point games in a season, also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists.

“I’ve been shooting badly in the last two games, so I really did some extra shooting in practice,” said Romeo, one of the leading MVP candidates this season.

The scores:

First Game

UST 63—Mariano 18, Ferrer 12, Teng 9, Daquioag 9, Abdul 7, Bautista 3, Pe 2, Faundo 2, Lao 1, Tan 0, Sheriff 0, Lo 0, Hainga 0.

UP 39—Marata 12, Lao 6, Soyud 5, Ball 5, Wong 2, Suarez 2, Gallarza 2, Desiderio 2, Asilum 2, Harris 1, Pascual 0. Paras 0, Gingerich 0, Amar 0.

Quarters: 14-13, 23-20, 40-33, 63-39

Second Game

FEU 92—Romeo 32, Belo 18, Garcia 14, Cruz 8, Mendoza 7, Tolomia 5, Sentcheu 2, Pogoy 2, Lee Yu 2, Jose 2, Iņigo 0, Luz 0, Dennison 0, Delfinado 0, Aguilon 0.

ADAMSON 80—Trollano 25, Cruz 13, Rios 11, Brondial 9, Iņigo 7, Sewa 6, Petilos 3, Cabrera 3, Cabigas 2, Monteclaro 1, Ochea 0, Julkipli 0, Agustin 0.

Quarters: 21-23, 44-40, 67-55, 92-80

Dark Knight
09-09-2013, 12:24 PM
In case three teams will be tied at the no. 1 spot (FEU, NU, DLSU) who will get the highest quotient?

TJ said yesterday the UAAP already knew who has the highest quotient but decided not to tell just yet.

1st Round - FEU defeated La Salle in OT 83 - 79

1st round - FEU defeated NU 87 - 83

2nd round - NU defeated FEU 59 - 58

2nd Round - DLSU defeated FEU 75 - 66

from my POV, we have the higher quotient against NU. But La Salle will have the higher q against us.

Still have to consider the NU - DLSU games though.

LaKazTaMa
09-10-2013, 01:49 PM
UAAP
UE seeks clarification of rule for suspended coaches after Ateneo's Perasol spotted at game


By JOB B. DE LEON, GMA NewsSeptember 9, 2013 5:16pm

(Updated 7:03pm) The University of the East Red Warriors are seeking to clarify a UAAP rule that could end with the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles forfeiting their win last Sunday over the former team.

The defending champions Ateneo won 77-72, but team officials of the Red Warriors claim in a letter submitted to the UAAP board that Perasol was present at the venue, violating a rule that stipulates that members of a team serving a suspension are not allowed at the game venue.





Photographs of Perasol on the MOA Arena court after the final buzzer surfaced online on collegiate sports website Full Court Fresh.

In addition to the pictures, Kali Quinones, a desk editor at Solar News, also said he was present when Perasol gave a post-game interview, where the former Powerade Tigers mentor admitted he was in the dugout of the Blue Eagles "the whole time."


The Warriors were eliminated from Final Four contention by the loss to the Blue Eagles, but if their clarification results in the forfeiture of Ateneo's win, the Warriors would stay alive with a 6-6 record, tying their foes.

As of now, the UST Growling Tigers and Ateneo are battling for the last Final Four berth, as both have 7-5 cards. Those two teams will also play each other on September 18, the final elimination round game day.

This means that should UE win both their remaining games against the Adamson Falcons and UP Maroons, their resulting 8-6 record will likely allow them to at least force a playoff for the last Final Four slot.

It should be noted that players are not affected by this rule, which covers only coaches and team managers. According to the UAAP rules, suspended athletes "shall not be allowed to sit in [sic] the bench and its immediate vicinity." - AMD, GMA News

LaKazTaMa
09-10-2013, 01:53 PM
UAAPLook into suspended players as well, says Ateneo board rep


By JOB B. DE LEON, GMA NewsSeptember 9, 2013 10:34pm

In the light of the inquiry by the University of the East Red Warriors against Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles head coach Bo Perasol, the reigning UAAP champs have urged the UAAP board to also take a look at several players who have been suspended in the past few weeks.

GMA News Online obtained a copy of a letter that will be submitted by board representative Ricky Palou, wherein he inquires as to the presence of UE Red Warriors back-up guard Ralf Olivares, during their match last Sunday.

Olivares was serving the second of a two-game suspension slapped on him by commissioner Chito Loyzaga. According to Palou, Olivares was seated behind the Warriors bench, which he believes, is in violation of his suspension.

The rule Palou refers to is the first under section 12, which reads, "A suspended athlete shall not be allowed to sit in the bench and its immediate vicinity during the period of suspension. A violation of the condition of the suspension shall result in the forfeiture of the game where such suspended athlete was found present."

Invoking the same clause, Palou called for a broader inquiry into the presence of RR Garcia (FEU), Charles Mammie (UE), Lord Casajeros (UE) and Thomas Torres (DLSU). Each player served suspensions due to varying circumstances, but were sighted at the game venue either "sitting on the bench" or "in the immediate vicinity of the bench."

Ateneo also called for similar investigations in the Women's and Juniors' divisions.

It is unlikely though that these investigations will wind up in forfeitures of games. For one, teams are given just a 24-hour window following a match, to subject the result to a protest. The above games, save for the UE vs ADMU match, all took place several days ago.

Furthermore, the main topic of contention will be the vagueness of the word "immediate vicinity" as it does not prescribe a minimum amount of distance between the bench and the suspended player.

Earlier Monday, UE board representatives filed a letter with the UAAP board, questioning Perasol's presence during the Warriors-Eagle game, while serving a one-match ban.

Ateneo won that game, 77-72.

According to the Red Warriors, having Perasol inside the MOA Arena violates rule number two in section 12, which reads, "The presence of a suspended coach, manager, assistant manager, statistician, scorers, masseurs, etc. and those listed as members of the team shall not be allowed in the bench or venue dining the period of suspension. A violation of the condition of the suspension shall result in the forfeiture of the game where such suspended team official or member was found present."

LaKazTaMa
09-11-2013, 06:15 PM
Tamaraws ends elims in style as rampant Romeo hits new scoring high
From: Reuben Terrado
•September 11, 2013, 04:13 pm

Tamaraws ends elims in style as rampant Romeo hits new scoring high

FEU star Terrence Romeo raises his college scoring high for the second successive game. Jerome Ascano

TERRENCE Romeo put on another scoring show on Wednesday, hitting 33 points as Far Eastern University capped its elimination round stint with an 87-69 win over University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The flamboyant Romeo hit a new scoring high for his college career for the second time in five days, surpassing his 32-point output against Adamson just last Saturday as the Tamaraws clinched at least a playoff for a twice-to-beat edge in the Final Four.

The Tamaraws go into the Final Four with a 10-4 win-loss card, still in with a chance at becoming the top seed in the playoffs if the results of the remaining games of the season fall their way.

“We are satisfied, but I’m not saying na nandoon na kami sa level na gusto namin,” said FEU coach Nash Racela. “We are still working on a lot of things. We are hoping that, by Final Four, napasok na namin ang kailangan namin."

Romeo, who also had nine rebounds, five assists, and two steals, scored 12 points in the second quarter alone to lead the breakaway that had the Tamaraws opening a 46-28 lead at the half.

Mike Tolomia added 15 points while RR Garcia added eight for the Tamaraws, who now go into the playoffs on a winning note.

“Season natin has been unpredictable, so you can’t really say you know what will happen (next),” said Racela.

The Maroons (0-13) remained winless with one game remaining in their season.

The scores:

FEU (87) – Romeo 33, Tolomia 15, Pogoy 9, Garcia 8, Hargrove 7, Cruz 4, Belo 4, Aguilon 3, Sentcheu 2, Delfinado 2, Inigo 0, Mendoza 0, Luz 0, Lee Yu 0, Jose 0, Dennison 0.

UP (69) – Marata 23, Soyud 14, Lao 6, Gallarza 6, Suarez 5, Wong 4, Ligad 3, Gingerich 3, Harris 2, Ball 2k Desiderio 1, Asilum 0, Amar 0.

Quarterscores: 20-8; 46-28; 67-49; 87-69.

LaKazTaMa
09-11-2013, 06:20 PM
Romeo continues scoring binge, tows FEU nearer to twice-to-beat bonus

By Celest R. Flores
INQUIRER.net
5:32 pm | Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

MANILA, Philippines — Just how high is Terrence Romeo’s ceiling?

Though he is way short of matching his high school career high, Romeo continues to defy his limits, game after game, in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament for Far Eastern University.

Romeo eclipsed his college-best output, the one he set not even a week ago, again on Wednesday by dropping 33 points in the Tamaraws’ 87-69 blasting of University of the Philippines.

The prolific scoring guard, who unleashed 83 points win in 2009 for the Baby Tamaraws, hit his third 30-point game of the season and towed FEU to at least a playoff for a twice-to-beat bonus.

“He worked hard for that,” said Nash Racela of his prized cog. “Terrence will always be Terrence. He’ll have his good days; he’ll have his bad days.”

Yes, Romeo isn’t known for the smartest shot selections on the floor, but on his best night, he could single-handedly torch any team getting on his way.

But against the Maroons, it wasn’t just him who did damage. Mike Tolomia added 15 points for the Tamaraws, Roger Pogoy with nine, while RR Garcia with eight.

“Kanina medyo gigil ako nung first quarter. Nung na-involve ko na teammates ko, mas lumuwang depensa sa’kin at mas nakadiskarte ako ng maayos,” said Romeo who had nine rebounds, five assists, and two steals.

Racela commended Romeo’s effort to get his teammates involved in the Tamaraws’ last two victories after dropping the bulk of their assignments in the second round.

“[The past few games] he took less shots. I think that part of the progress he’s going through. He’s still giving the team what we need from him [rebounds and assists],” said the soft spoken mentor.

LaKazTaMa
09-11-2013, 06:23 PM
FEU routs UP behind Romeo's career-high

By Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 09/11/2013 3:44 PM | Updated as of 09/11/2013 4:16 PM

FEU's Terrence Romeo goes for the basket against University of the Philippines. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNNews.com

MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE 1) Terrence Romeo set a new career-high with 33 points as the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws closed out their UAAP Season 76 elimination round campaign with a 87-69 rout of the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tamaraws, who swept the first round of the tournament, wrapped up the elimination round with a 10-4 record and are assured of at least a playoff for the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 76 men's basketball tournament.

Romeo, one of the top candidates for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, set a new collegiate career-high of 33 points on 11-of-23 shooting, and added nine rebounds, five assists and two steals.

"This season has been very unpredictable, and you never know what will happen in the next few days," said FEU coach Nash Racela, who saw his team lose four of their first five games in the second round. "I'm not saying na nandoon na kami sa level na gusto namin, and we're still working on a lot of things."

Romeo committed two offensive fouls early in the first period, but the Tamaraws were still able to build a 20-8 lead in the quarter with Mike Tolomia providing an offensive spark off the bench.

Romeo was able to put his mark in the game in the second quarter, finishing the first half with 17 points as the Tamaraws built a 46-28 lead.

FEU led by as much as 22 points, 54-32, early in the third quarter, but UP's Raul Soyud came alive in that period as the Fighting Maroons kept within striking distance.

UP cut the lead down to 11 twice, 61-72 and 63-74, in the fourth quarter behind scoring efforts from Sam Marata and Kyles Lao, but Romeo scored on a lay-up that sparked a 9-0 run, which ended the Fighting Maroons' hopes of making a comeback.

The loss dropped the Maroons' record to 0-13 going into their last game against University of the East next Wednesday.

Meanwhile, FEU faces a long break before the start of the Final Four, something that they also went through between the first and the second rounds of eliminations.

"The experience we had before the second round started, I think it helped us a lot. The good thing about it is, 'yun ang baon namin going into the Final Four. We've learned our lessons as a team and as individuals," said Racela.

"I'm hoping we will do a better job in the next few days," he said, adding that the Tamaraws are hoping to clinch a spot in the top two.

"Lahat ng kalaban, mahirap. You can't really choose. The only advantage that we will have is the twice-to-beat. But you never know. Ang dami pang pwedeng mangyari."

Marata scored 23 points for UP, while Soyud finished with 14 points and 18 rebounds, but the Maroons missed 13 of their 26 free throw attempts, sorely denting their chances of pulling off the upset.

Tolomia added 15 points, four rebounds and five assists for the Tamaraws.

The Tamaraws can clinch a twice-to-beat edge if the National University Bulldogs lose to the Ateneo Blue Eagles in Wednesday's other game at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The scores:

FEU 87 - Romeo 33, Tolomia 15, Pogoy 9, Garcia 8, Hargrove 7, Cruz 4, Belo 4, Aguilon 3, Sentcheu 2, Delfinado 2, Inigo 0, Mendoza 0, Luz 0, Lee Yu 0, Jose 0, Dennison 0

UP 69 - Marata 23, Soyud 14, Lao 6, Gallarza 6, Suarez 5, Wong 4, Ligad 3, Gingerich 3, Harris 2, Ball 2, Desidero 1, Asilum 0, Amar 0

Quarter-scores: 20-8, 46-28, 67-49, 87-69

LaKazTaMa
09-11-2013, 06:43 PM
Good job Tams!!!

LaKazTaMa
09-11-2013, 06:44 PM
Lets do it Go for Gold! Lol

LaKazTaMa
09-11-2013, 07:00 PM
Your thought sir Dark knight? Finals or not?

Dark Knight
09-12-2013, 11:59 AM
If La Salle wins, we will have a triple tie at the top. Like i said, in my feeble mind, we win the quotient battle against NU but not against La Salle.

If La Salle loses, then we have twice to beat advantage. If we ended up on top, its either Ateneo or UST we will encounter.

75% tells me that we will have an FEU vs NU Finals this season.

But of course, its just me........

Dark Knight
09-12-2013, 05:01 PM
Terrence Romeo just joined an elite group of players who scored 30 points twice in a season, joining Ray Parks, Patrick Cabahug and Ken Bono since 2003.

But Terrence holds the record by making it thrice. He recently scored 33 points against UP.

Dark Knight
09-13-2013, 12:35 PM
Damn, UAAP Board just forfeited 5 won games by the Lady Tams.

bchoter
09-13-2013, 01:37 PM
^ I think that was expected. Unfortunately, may precedence na so malinaw ang case against the player

Dark Knight
09-13-2013, 04:45 PM
yep, umamin naman pati si Montinola

Dark Knight
09-13-2013, 04:46 PM
the problem right now is we dropped to 7-7, endangering our F4 hopes.

LaKazTaMa
09-13-2013, 05:37 PM
yup forfeited na yun 5games natin..sayang

LaKazTaMa
09-13-2013, 05:38 PM
Flamboyant Romeo nips Parks for MVP award behind late-season explosion
From: Reuben Terrado
•September 12, 2013, 08:50 am

Flamboyant Romeo nips Parks for MVP award behind late-season explosion
Once it becomes official, the MVP award will cement Terrence Romeo's status as a top star as he becomes the latest FEU Tamaraw to win the league's highest individual honor, following in the footsteps of teammate RR Garcia (2010) and Arwind Santos (2004, 2005).

BARRING any phenomenal statistical explosion from other players in the final few games of the season, Far Eastern University's flamboyant star Terrence Romeo will capture his first-ever Most Valuable Player award in Season 76 of the UAAP basketball tournament.

Based on an unofficial computation done by Spin.ph, Romeo clinched the honor via slim margin over National University star and two-time MVP Bobby Ray Parks after a big all-around game in the Tamaraws' final game of the eliminations against University of the Philippines on Wednesday.

UAAP officials won't confirm or deny Romeo’s victory since the elimination round is still ongoing. They will hand out the award during the playoffs.

Once it becomes official, the award will cement Romeo's status as a top star as he becomes the latest FEU Tamaraw to win the league's highest individual honor, following in the footsteps of teammate RR Garcia (2010) and Arwind Santos (2004, 2005).

Romeo on Wednesday scored a personal season-high of 33 points to go with nine rebounds, five assists, and two steals in the Tamaraws’ 87-69 victory over UP just four days after scoring 32 in another win over Adamson, enough to dislodge Parks from the top spot.

Based on the unofficial computation, Romeo amassed 75.286 statistical points to leapfrog Parks, who finished with 73.857 SPs after tallying 24 points, seven rebounds, one assist, and two steals in NU’s final game of the elims - a 70-65 victory over defending champion Ateneo.

Statistics is the lone basis for individual awards.

Romeo, who won the Rookie of the Year award in 2010 and a place in the Mythical Five last season, also did not incur a ban during the season to disqualify him from the MVP derby.

Both the Tamaraws and the Bulldogs are assured of places in the Final Four

LaKazTaMa
09-13-2013, 05:41 PM
Basketball
UAAP


Final Four scenarios: Find out where teams may end up as UAAP elims winds up
From: Reuben Terrado
•September 13, 2013, 04:47 pm

THE UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament is down to its final two playdates of the eliminations but much is still at stake for the five teams still in the hunt ahead of the Final Four.

University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo are still battling it out for the last seat in the Final Four with last year's finalists set to face each other in their last game of the eliminations.

National University, meanwhile, has clinched a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four for the first time in school history but is still waiting to find out where it will end up at the close of the eliminations.

Far Eastern University has returned to the Final Four after a disappointing 2012 season but is still unsure on whether it becomes the No. 1 seed or go through a playoff for the No. 2 seeding - and the twice-to-beat advantage that goes with it.

Despite being a win away from sweeping the second-round hostilities, De La Salle can still go from No. 2 or fall to as low as No. 4 - a spot in the Final Four where no team has ever come out of to win a UAAP title.

Here are the different scenarios that may happen at the end of the eliminations.

The team standings are as follows before Saturday’s match.

FEU 10 4

NU 10 4

DLSU 9 4

UST 7 5

ADMU 7 6

The game schedules that matter in the Final Four standings are as follows:

Saturday: UST vs. DLSU

Wednesday: Ateneo vs. UST

Scenario One: DLSU and UST win

FEU 10 4

NU 10 4

DLSU 10 4

UST 8 6

ADMU 7 7

A three-way tie for first place ensues, with NU grabbing No. 1 spot due to a superior quotient. La Salle and FEU, meanwhile, battle in a playoff where a twice-to-beat advantage is at stake in the Final Four, making it a virtual best-of-three series between the two teams for a final spot. UST takes the No. 4 slot while ending Ateneo's shot at a sixth consecutive championship.

Scenario Two: UST wins over DLSU, Ateneo wins over UST

FEU 10 4

NU 10 4

DLSU 9 5

UST 8 6

ADMU 8 6

FEU and NU share first place in the standings but the Tamaraws take the No. 1 spot over the Bulldogs due to a superior quotient (+3). The Bulldogs, holding a twice-to-beat advantage, will face De La Salle in the Final Four while Ateneo and UST play off for the No. 4 spot in the Final Four.

Scenario Three: DLSU wins, ADMU wins (UST loses all games)

NU 10 4

DLSU 10 4

FEU 10 4

ADMU 8 6

UST 7 7

NU grabs No. 1 spot due to a superior quotient over La Salle and FEU, which will face off in a playoff for the other twice-to-beat berth. Ateneo takes the No. 4 slot, eliminating UST.

Scenario 4: UST wins all games

FEU 10 4

NU 10 4

UST 9 5

DLSU 9 5

ADMU 7 7

FEU and NU share first place in the standings but the Tamaraws take the No. 1 spot over the Bulldogs due to a superior quotient (+3). UST grabs No. 3 due to its 2-0 sweep of their season series with De La Salle, which gets the No. 4 spot. Ateneo is eliminated.

Dark Knight
09-17-2013, 10:56 AM
One thing going for FEU in its series aganst La Salle is the Law Of Average factor. La Salle won what? 7 or 8 straight games? They are bound to lose one. Might come in our hands.

But really, we have a big disadvantage when it comes to big men in the middle. Hargrove and Jose must work doubly hard.

And Sentcheu has butterfingers.

LaKazTaMa
09-17-2013, 07:16 PM
De La Salle-FEU duel for twice-to-beat berth to kick off playoffs on Saturday
From: Reuben Terrado
•September 16, 2013, 06:32 pm

De La Salle-FEU duel for twice-to-beat berth to kick off playoffs on Saturday
The FEU Tamaraws and the DLSU Archers square off in a playoff on Saturday in what has become a veritable best-of-three series between the two schools for a place in the finals. Jerome Ascano



DE LA Salle and Far Eastern University will kick off the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball postseason on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena, according to a schedule released by the league.

The Green Archers and the Tamaraws face each other in a playoff for the right to claim the No. 2 spot in the Final Four and the twice-to-beat advantage that goes with it.

That game should start what has become a veritable best-of-three series between the Tamaraws and the Green Archers for a place in the finals.

The Final Four formally opens on Sunday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum with top seed National University going up against the winner of the Ateneo-University of Santo Tomas elimination-round game on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs own a twice-to-beat advantage against the Ateneo-UST winner, which will get the fourth seeding.

La Salle and FEU will then collide in the formal start of their Final Four series on Wednesday, September 28 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Once the semifinal match-ups reached the full distance, the final game will be played on Saturday, September 28 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Meanwhile, the best-of-three finals — all to be played at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum — will begin on Wednesday, October 2. Game Two will be played on Saturday, October 5, while Game Three, if necessary, is scheduled on Wednesday, October 9.

red_engr1987
09-18-2013, 11:12 AM
UAAP juniors: FEU knocks off La Salle, faces Ateneo next
By Mark Giongco
INQUIRER.net
5:37 pm | Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
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MANILA, Philippines — Defending champion Far Eastern University outfought De La Salle-Zobel, 65-55, in their knockout semifinal match in the UAAP Season 76 juniors basketball action Tuesday at the Blue Eagle Gym.

The Baby Tams rode on JJ Domingo, who came through with 18 points — highlighted by a clutch triple — that held off the Junior Archers’ rally from 17 points down.

Domingo’s dagger of a trey came at the 1:48 mark that stretched FEU’s advantage back to eight, 61-53.

Marvin Lee registered 12 points while David Completo added nine to backup Domingo, who also grabbed eight rebounds.

FEU tries to keep its title-retention bid going when it tangles with second seed Ateneo on Saturday with the Blue Eaglets owning a twice-to-beat edge.

Graduating Renzo Subido scored 17 points, while Aljun Melecio and Karl Maldinger had 11 each for La Salle.

NU, the 2011 champion, earned an outright trip to the Finals after sweeping the elimination round.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/119671/uaap-juniors-feu-knocks-off-la-salle-faces-ateneo-next#ixzz2fD8emqRG
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Dark Knight
09-18-2013, 11:24 AM
Hope we do the same in the Seniors match.

Dark Knight
09-20-2013, 10:33 AM
Congratulations to Terrence Romeo for winning this season's MVP plum. He now joins the elite FEU guards who won the coveted award.

Johnny Abarrientos and RR Garcia.

Celino Cruz should have been there though........

LaKazTaMa
09-20-2013, 10:02 PM
Wow finally Congrats!!! ehem!! Malupeet!

LaKazTaMa
09-20-2013, 10:07 PM
The Final ScoreAteneo misses the UAAP Final Four. Now what?


By MICO HALILI
September 19, 2013 1:00pm

I'm fine with it. I truly am.

Ateneo lost to UST, always a dangerous opponent in a knockout game. Ateneo also missed making the UAAP Final Four for the first time in the Facebook era. Wild concept, right? No Final Four means no Finals means no Championship. Gasp? It's all good. At this very moment, I may or may not be the only calm soul in the zany, mind-bending, head-shaking universe of basketball-loving Ateneo alumni. Because I'm fine. I truly am.

[Related: UST returns to Final Four, ends Ateneo's title defense]

I am, notoriously, a creature of context. Heading into this season, I believed that whatever happened to Ateneo would've been acceptable. Considering roster strength, player losses, coaching changes, and the natural improvement of other teams, I thought this was an anything-goes-season. Bahala na how far they go. What happens, happens. After all, they're coming off five straight championships. Seriously, what more can anyone want?

Hence, my own rational, albeit unscientific, forecast for the team was fourth place.

Almost, but not quite.

I don't celebrate when the Blue Eagles win. I don't pop a vein when they lose. When you write about sports for a living, and do it long enough, you learn to appreciate how other schools work just as hard to win games. You meet valiant players from other teams and hear all their stories. You find out about the good and bad, in everyone. No exemptions. In the final analysis, in the rotating wheel of weather-weather-lang-yan basketball luck, everyone deserves to win a UAAP trophy.

So Ateneo finally misses a turn.

Now what?

I wouldn't worry about them. They have all the support they need. Their program has been in place even before Facebook was born. They'll sort it out. They'll be fine. Besides, there are more than enough UAAP basketball titles to go around for everyone. I believe that mindset is called abundance mentality. I actually learned that from a Jesuit.

Ateneo's misstep will now give my Ateneo batchmates, if they're not too affected by the loss, more time to follow the four teams in contention. NU, La Salle, FEU and UST all have compelling story lines.

NU's last championship was in 1954. Not a typo. Nineteen freakin' Fifty Four. Way before cable television, the Internet, cellphones, Twitter, compact discs, cassette tapes. That was even before man set foot on the Moon. Whatever drought you feel your school might have, NU possibly trumps that by decades. Ray Parks and the Bulldogs can change NU's reputation forever.

La Salle has the size, support and streakiness to go all the way. They have been the best-performing team in the second round. That counts for a lot! Displaying a mixture of enigma and invincibility, their season has been a jambalaya of soul-squeezing collapses and heart-stopping comebacks. If the Archers make it to Game 3 of the Finals, and the series goes down to a last shot, who will take it? Jeron Teng? Almond Vosotros? Someone else? Definitely made-for-TV stuff.

Ah yes, FEU. The Fun Eastern University. Their fortunes swing just as wildly as Terrence Romeo's hair. I can't think of any other singular figure in the UAAP who attracts the same amount of acclaim and animosity as Romeo. Will he drop 40 points in the Final Four? Will he take 40 shots in trying to do so? Can Romeo lead FEU to the title like a swashbuckling MVP? Can't wait to find out.

Finally, UST - the sudden interlopers in the Final Four. They're the classic comeback kids. Go unearth your memories of Henry Ong. Go dig up what started this whole Go USTe, Go USTe, Go, Go, Go phenomenon. Jeric Teng is back. The Growling Tigers, once written off as road kill, are back in the hunt. If Pido Jarencio tells me that they're going to win it all, I might actually believe him.

So you see, I'm fine. Even if Ateneo's out for who-knows-how-long. Four other teams, meanwhile, deprived of the ultimate prize for the last five years, are out to win the championship. Ray Parks. Jeron Teng. Terrence Romeo. Jeric Teng. When you cover the UAAP long enough, regardless of your academic roots, you know they all deserve to win the title just as much as the ones who won it before. - AMD, GMA News

LaKazTaMa
09-20-2013, 10:09 PM
Hence, my own rational, albeit unscientific, forecast for the team was fourth place.

Almost, but not quite.

I don't celebrate when the Blue Eagles win. I don't pop a vein when they lose. When you write about sports for a living, and do it long enough, you learn to appreciate how other schools work just as hard to win games. You meet valiant players from other teams and hear all their stories. You find out about the good and bad, in everyone. No exemptions. In the final analysis, in the rotating wheel of weather-weather-lang-yan basketball luck, everyone deserves to win a UAAP trophy.

So Ateneo finally misses a turn.

Now what? - See you next Season

LaKazTaMa
09-20-2013, 10:16 PM
Terrence Romeo bags Season 76 MVP award

By Paolo Mariano Posted Sep 19th 2013


FEU's Terrence Romeo bagged the league's highest individual award after a stellar elimination round.

As expected, Far Eastern University (FEU) main man Terrence Romeo was named MVP of the men’s senior basketball tournament of UAAP Season 76 after amassing a total of 75.28 statistical points (SPs) at the end of the double-round elimination.

The Tamaraws stalwart topped the league in scoring and steals for the first time in his career with 22.2 PPG and 1.6 SPG, respectively, while adding 6.3 RPG and 3.9 APG, third-best in the UAAP. He led FEU atop the team standings with a 10-4 record, tied with National University (NU) and De La Salle University.

University of the East (UE) big man Charles Mammie jumped all the way to the second spot with a total of 75 SPs. The 6-foot-8 import from Sierra Leone averaged 22.5 PPG and 21.0 RPG in their last two games to leapfrog in the ladder. He could’ve won the plum—the first foreigner to do so since FEU’s Anthony Williams in 1981—if he hadn’t missed two games due to suspensions.

Two-time MVP Ray Parks, who was running a close second to Romeo throughout the season, slid to third place with 73.85 SPs, while Karim Abdul of University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Roi Sumang of UE rounded out the top five with 70.92 and 64.0, respectively.

Romeo, who also won Rookie of the Year in 2010, virtually inscribed his name on the MVP trophy after tallying a career-high 33 points on top of nine rebounds and five assists in their win over University of the Philippines in their last game in the preliminary round. He owns the three highest single game scoring outputs this season and he hasn’t been shy in saying that part of his goal is to win the MVP award.

He is the third Tamaraw to clinch the hardware in the Final Four era after his running mate RR Garcia bagged it in 2010 and Arwind Santos in 2004 and 2005. He is also only the second guard after Garcia to be adjudged MVP in the said period.

Also included in the top 10 are NU’s Emmanuel Mbe (63.57 SPs), La Salle’s Jason Perkins (58.50) and Jeron Teng (58.28), Ateneo’s Chris Newsome (55.71), and La Salle’s Almond Vosotros (55.07).

The UAAP started using statistics as the sole basis in naming the MVP in 2008.

SPs are computed by adding points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, and bonus points with turnovers and penalty points from any technical/unsportsmanlike foul also considered

LaKazTaMa
09-20-2013, 10:33 PM
Basketball
UAAP


Well-rested FEU keen to shake off rust in playoff match against Archers
From: Reuben Terrado
•September 20, 2013, 09:59 pm

Well-rested FEU keen to shake off rust in playoff match against Archers
The FEU Tamaraws groped for form the last time they came off a long layoff - a fact not lost on coach Nash Racela. Jerome Ascano

DE La Salle battles Far Eastern University to start a virtual best-of-three playoffs series in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Green Archers and Tamaraws face off at 4 p.m. in a match-up between the two teams that completed a sweep of each of the two rounds this season.

Their first meeting actually serves as a playoff for the No. 2 spot in the Final Four and a twice-to-beat advantage over the losing team.

The Tamaraws completed a first-round sweep of the season, before the Archers did the same thing in the second round that resulted in both teams finishing with similar 10-4 (win-loss) record at the end of the eliminations.

But the Tamaraws have not played since September 11, or exactly 10 days prior to their meeting with the Archers. Their final outing came at the expense of the University of the Philippines.

FEU coach Nash Racela however, is not bothered by the long break, having gone through the same experience shortly after they swept the first round when the league took a two-week respite to give way to the country’s hosting of the Fiba-Asia Championship.

Racela though, hopes for a contrasting result this time as the Tamaraws started the second round by losing their first two assignments.

“The experience that we had before the second round started, I think it helped us a lot,” said Racela. “I hope they’ve learned their lessons as a team and as individuals.”

La Salle coach Juno Sauler said the team is looking forward to a playoff match for a twice-to-beat advantage as it hasn’t experienced the same situation before.

“It will be exciting for everyone. They (Tams) are a tough team. We just have to keep on improving on a daily basis,” Sauler said.

The two teams split their regular season head-to-head encounter.

FEU won the first game last July 13 after coming back in the final two minutes to come up with an 83-79 victory in overtime.

La Salle bounced back in the second meeting by holding off the Tamaraws, 75-66, last August 18.

“The first game is crucial. Hopefully, we will be able to play good team defense to have a better chance,” Racela said.

LaKazTaMa
09-20-2013, 10:39 PM
FEU’s Romeo virtual UAAP MVP

By Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 20, 2013
Terrence Romeo

MANILA, Philippines - Far Eastern U spitfire Terrence Romeo put a lock on the Most Valuable Player honors in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament as he topped the statistical points (SPs) race, the league’s sole basis for the coveted plum.

Romeo amassed 75.2857 SPs after the two-round elims, building his numbers around solid averages of 22.2 points (league-best), 6.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists (second-best in the league) and 1.6 steal (league-best).

University of the East’s Charles Mammie, the UAAP’s top rebounder, actually finished second in SPs (75.0000) but was disqualified for the award as he was suspended twice during the season.

Back-to-back MVP Bobby Ray Parks of top seed National U fell short of a personal “three-peat” as he finished with 73.8571 SPs spiked by norms of 18.3 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.1 steal and 1.1 block.

University of Santo Tomas’ Karim Abdul ranked fourth based on stats compiled by Smart Bro-sponsored Imperium with 70.9286 followed by UE’s Roi Sumang with 64.0000. Rounding out the Top 10 were NU’s Emmanuel Mbe (63.5714), La Salle’s Jason Perkins (58.5000) and Jeron Teng (58.2857), Ateneo’s Chris Newsome (55.7143), and La Salle’s Almond Vosotros (55.0714).

Romeo, who closed out the elims with a pair of 30-point performances, became only the third guard to win since the UAAP reintroduced the MVP award in 1989. He is in the company of teammate RR Garcia and current Tams assistant Johnny Abarrientos.

The 5-foot-10 gunner also achieved a rare feat of winning the MVP in both the men’s and juniors divisions. Romeo won the plum as a Baby Tam in 2009, the year he set a league record 83 points

LaKazTaMa
09-20-2013, 10:42 PM
Romeo dethrones Parks as UAAP King

By AJ Bolando (philstar.com) | Updated September 19, 2013
MANILA, Philippines – The UAAP Men’s Basketball has a new king.

Far Eastern University’s combo guard Terrence Romeo bagged the Season 76 Most Valuable Player plum as he topped the league with highest statistical points (SPs), dethroning back-to-back MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr.

Romeo produced 75.29 SPs, 1.43 higher than Parks who had 73.86 to claim the top individual award following the footsteps of his teammate RR Garcia (2010) and former King Tamaraw and two-time MVP Arwind Santos (2004-2005).

The 2010 rookie of the year had the most points in the league with 311 markers, along with 88 rebounds, 55 assists, 22 steals, and a block in 14 games to finish the double round eliminations with an average of 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.6 steals.

National University star player Parks, whose team is scheduled to face University of Santo Tomas on Sunday for the Final Four, settled for the Mythical Five award with a total of 256 points, 118 rebounds, 53 assists, 15 steals, 15 blocks.

African center Karim Abdul of Growling Tigers also made it to the list, along with Roi Sumang of University of the East, and Bulldog Emmanuel Mbe with total SPs of 70.9, 64, and 63.6, in that order.


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Red Warrior burly center Charles Mammie actually placed second in the MVP race with 75 SPs, but failed to make it to the Mythical Five after his suspension.

According to the league rules, any player who served a suspension is disqualified from getting any individual awards.

Romeo, only the third guard to win the award following Garcia and PBA legend Johnny Abarrientos, highlighted his MVP run in the eliminations with a back-to-back 30-point game against Adamson University and University of the Philippines.

He posted his collegiate career-high with 33 points in the Tamaraws triumph against the Fighting Maroons, 87-69.

Read: Brand new Romeo finally learns to share the ball

Romeo set a record in the Juniors division while playing for the FEU Baby Tamaraws as he exploded for 83 markers in their lopsided match against UP Integrated System, 104-55, in 2009.

It was just in 2010 that the league decided to base the individual awards on SPs.

Romeo will formally receive the honor during the awarding ceremonies that will take place in the game two of the Finals.

red_engr1987
09-21-2013, 11:11 PM
La Salle defeats FEU to grab No. 2 seed in Final Four

From: Reuben Terrado
September 21, 2013, 06:13 pm

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LA Revilla comes up with 20 points to power La Salle to the top half of the Final Four. Jerome Ascano

LA REVILLA put De La Salle on the cusp of a finals berth, converting six triples to lift the Green Archers to a 74-69 victory over Far Eastern University on Saturday in the UAAP Season 76 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The pint-sized guard scored 20 points, hitting several huge triples in the first half. None was bigger, however, than when he buried a trey from the left corner in the final minute of the game to dampen any comeback hopes for the Tamaraws.

The Green Archers formally clinched the No. 2 spot and a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four, one win away from a return to the finals after five years.

La Salle also limited Terrence Romeo, the FEU main man scoring only three points by halftime. The Season 76 Most Valuable Player went on to finish with 22 points but only shot 6-of-21 from the field.

The anemic shooting by Romeo was in stark contrast to La Salle’s, the Archers shooting 11 out of 32 triples in the game.

“We just worked on it this last week. We knew that we can get those shots,” said La Salle coach Juno Sauler. “We were just fortunate that we were able to hit our open shots.”

“We just want to limit the shots that he takes,” Sauler said on the team’s defense on Romeo. “He does take shots, we just want to challenge it. You’ll never know because once in a while, he starts making it.”

La Salle, which has won eight straight games from the start of the second round, meets FEU again on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena where the Green Archers hope to gain a finals berth for the first time since 2008, when they lost to Ateneo.

The Green Archers got the groove shooting from the outside in the first half as back-to-back triples by Revilla and Matt Salem in the second period gave them a 37-27 lead entering the third.

Revilla continued to heat up with back-to-back triples in the third for a 45-32 advantage

FEU threatened in the fourth and moved within five points, but Revilla fired the biggest triple of the game, hitting the open shot from the left corner with 55.1 seconds to play to put the Green Archers up, 71-63.

Jason Perkins had 14 points, while Jeron Teng added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Archers.

RR Garcia was the only other double-digit scorer for the Tamaraws with 22 points.

The scores:

DLSU (74) – Revilla 20, Perkins 14, Teng 13, Van Opstal 6, T. Torres 6, Salem 6, Vosotros 4, N. Torres 3, Tampus 2, De La Paz 0.

FEU (69) – Romeo 22, Garcia 16, Belo 9, Tolomia 6, Mendoza 6, Pogoy 4, Hargrove 4, Cruz 2, Sentcheu 0.

Quarterscores: 18-11; 37-27; 60-49; 74-69.

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LaKazTaMa
09-22-2013, 09:16 AM
Racela claims Tamaraws' flat start cost them the game
From: Reuben Terrado
•September 21, 2013, 10:45 pm

Nash Racela and his coaching staff were helpless on the bench as the FEU Tamaraws couldn't hit their shots against De La Salle.
FAR Eastern University coach Nash Racela rued the flat start his team had in its playoff game against De La Salle for the right at the no. 2 seed in the UAAP men’s Final Four.

“I think, siguro next time, we will find a way to start better,” said the soft-spoken mentor.

Racela refused to blame the long break as the reason for the Tamaraws’ 69-74 defeat to the Green Archers that moved them one loss away from outright elimination in Season 76 which saw the Morayta-based squad pulled off a strong seven-game sweep of the first round elimination.

Racela said the Tamaraws just couldn’t respond to the Archers hitting eight triples in the first half that led to the victory.

“We were taking the shots available, we weren’t hitting it. That was the story in the first half. They were hitting theirs,” said Racela.

“Sabi ko nga sa kanila, do we need to lessen their three-point attempts or we have to start making them,” he added.

The Tamaraws meet the Green Archers again on Wednesday in their official Final Four match.

At the same time, Racela was noticeably disappointed about the officiating during the game.

When asked about it, he said, “Actually sinasabi ko sa team that we just have to play above it (officiating).”

“We are not making excuses but from our end, we are hoping that they would allow our players to defend. It’s hard to play La Salle and the only way to beat them is to defend them. Now if the refs don’t allow them to defend, I don’t think we won’t be able to win a ballgame,” said Racela.

LaKazTaMa
09-22-2013, 09:23 AM
Romeo ready to move on as league MVP still likes FEU's chances
From: Reuben Terrado
•September 21, 2013, 07:22 pm


“Stay together lang kami tapos kalimutan namin ‘yung nangyari," said league MVP Terrence Romeo shortly after FEU lost to La Salle in their playoff for the no. 2 spot and the twce-to-beat advantage in the UAAP Final Four.

TERRENCE Romeo had 22 points for Far Eastern University on Saturday but had a relatively forgettable outing a few days after he was officially named Most Valuable Player of UAAP Season 76.

Romeo only had three points for the Tamaraws in the first two quarters of their playoff against De La Salle for the no. 2 spot and a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four. In all, he shot just 6-of-21 from the field.

Although the reigning MVP picked up his game in the second half, it was all too late for the Tamaraws as the Green Archers’ lead was too big to overcome and lost, 69-74.

The defeat allowed the Archers to finish at No. 2, pushing the Tamaraws in a must-win situation of sweeping the next two games to gain entry in the Finals.

Romeo admitted the 10-day break may have affected his rhythm going to playoff game.

“First quarter, medyo gigil. Hindi ko rin alam (kung ano ang nangyari),” Romeo told to reporters after the game.

But the FEU guard gave credit to La Salle, which can’t seem to miss from any angle on the floor.

“Tingin ko, sobrang nag-connect din naman ang tira ng La Salle, tapos kami, off kami pati sa three points,” he said.

Despite the loss that put the Tamaraws in a do-or-die situation on Wednesday in the formal start of their Final Four with the Archers, Romeo said he prefers to stick with the positives.

“Sa tingin ko, kailangan pa naming higpitan ang depensa namin at mag-communicate sa offense namin,” said Romeo.

“Stay together lang kami tapos kalimutan namin ‘yung nangyari, isipin namin kung paano kami nakadikit sa fourth. Move on lang kami,” he said.

Dark Knight
09-22-2013, 04:05 PM
All we needed to do is win our next game against La Salle.

And its time to use Hargrove to the hilt. Even Lee Yu and Inigo.

Christ...........

LaKazTaMa
09-23-2013, 05:24 PM
sake!......

LaKazTaMa
09-23-2013, 05:27 PM
haha naku Pow!

LaKazTaMa
09-23-2013, 05:45 PM
Romeo seeks improvement, admits he still lacks maturity and leadership skills
From: Reuben Terrado
•September 23, 2013, 05:48 pm

FEU main man Terrence Romeo says finding ways to improve does not end by winning the UAAP Most Valuable Player trophy, admitting that he has a lot to learn about being a player and a leader.

“Tingin ko, kailangan ko pa mag-mature ng konti kasi may times na kulang ako sa pagiging vocal at leader sa court,” Romeo said.

The fourth-year guard recently won the league's most coveted individual award after the regular season that saw him average 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.6 steals per contest.

Romeo logged 75.2857 statistical points (SPs) in beating out two-time UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks of National University in the race for the honor.

He had won an MVP in the juniors division, but Romeo said that it has been his dream to win the award in the college ranks.

“Matagal ko na rin dream maging MVP. Sobrang thankful ako sa Lord at sa teammates ko at saka sa coaching staff,” said Romeo.

“Hindi ko mapaliwanag. Siguro hindi lahat nabibigyan ng ganitong chance,” he added.

The MVP trophy was a huge addition to Romeo’s collection including a Rookie of the Year in 2010 and a Mythical Five award in 2012. This season, Romeo helped the Tamaraws return to the Final Four after a 10-4 win-loss card.

LaKazTaMa
09-23-2013, 05:47 PM
RR Garcia takes time out from FEU buildup to pitch in for war-torn home province
From: Reuben Terrado
•September 22, 2013, 01:53 pm

RR Garcia's hometown is about 20 minutes away by car from the main battle point in the conflict in Zamboanga. Jerome Ascano

ALTHOUGH his hometown is not directly affected by the conflict in Zamboanga City, RR Garcia remains concerned about family and friends as the battle rages between the military and the Moro National Liberation Front (MILF).

The Far Eastern University guard said he was fortunate his parents were in Manila when the fighting erupted up South, although Garcia said he has relatives and friends back home who are still affected by the situation.

“Kasi ‘yung mga kapatid ng mama ko, andoon. Timing naman na andito sila (parents). Pero uuwi sila sa Monday kasi naka-book na sila ng ticket,” said Garcia, whose home in Zamboanga is about 20 minutes away by car from the main battle point of Barangay Sta. Barbara.

“May kapitbahay kami, natamaan ng ligaw na bala. Ex-Army siya, nagtaka nalang siya na may dugo na siya. Malapit siya sa mga evacuees,” Garcia shared.

It is for this reason that Garcia wants to help his home province in his own little way as he intends to appear in Sunday’s fund-raising charity basketball game for Zamboanga evacuees at the Astrodome featuring PBA players and celebrities.

Garcia, however, said he is still unsure whether he will play or not since FEU is in the middle of its preparations for its Final Four match-up against De La Salle in the UAAP.

“May charity game, hindi ko pa alam kung puwede maglaro kasi baka bawal,” said Garcia, the collegiate league’s MVP in 2010.

Asked about the matter, FEU coach Nash Racela said he will allow his star guard to appear in the charity game but hopes Garcia won't overextend himself.

“Puwede niya sigurong puntahan because it’s for a good cause. Pero of course, kailangan din niya magpahinga,” Racela said.

“I’ll allow him to go pero hindi naman siguro siya maglalaro ng matagal,” added the FEU coach.

LaKazTaMa
09-23-2013, 06:12 PM
By the Numbers: Sept. 18-22

By Paolo Mariano Posted Sep 23rd 2013

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History is on the side of La Salle as it has yet to miss the Finals when holding a twice-to-beat advantage in the semis.

What a week it was for the UAAP. First off, Far Eastern University’s (FEU) alpha dog Terrence Romeo was named season MVP after amassing the most statistical points (75.28) at the end of the elimination round. Then, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) edged Ateneo de Manila University for the last Final Four berth, dashing the Blue Eagles’ hopes for a six-peat. De La Salle University, meanwhile, continued its mean streak to eight straight Ws after toppling FEU for the all-important twice-to-beat edge in the semifinals. Finally, the Growling Tigers followed up their momentum-building triumph over Ateneo with a rousing victory over National University (NU) to pump more life in their once-flatlining season.

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The last time Ateneo failed to advance to the Final Four. The Blue Eagles’ record streak of most consecutive semifinals trips was cut at 14 after losing to UST in their win-or-go-home affair last Wednesday. The 1998 squad finished at sixth place with a 5-9 record. The team was spearheaded by Rainier Sison and Ryan Pamintuan and rookies Enrico Villanueva and Wesley Gonzales. They were coached by Mark Molina, who is now FEU’s athletic director.

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The number of players who didn’t score a single point the entire season. The undesirable list includes Adamson University’s Matthew Bernabe and Dawn Ochea, Ateneo’s Anton Asistio, Gideon Babilonia, and Earl Murphy, FEU’s Jovanie Luz, La Salle’s Robert Bolick, NU’s Cedrick Labing-isa, University of the East’s Luis Pujante and Leo Guion, and UST’s Jan Macasaet, Robin Tan, and Edcor Marata. Among them, nine are in their first year in the league.

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The number of times La Salle has earned the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four—the most by any team in the league. With their victory over FEU last Saturday, the Green Archers have now claimed the second seed thrice and the top spot eight times. They have yet to miss the Finals when holding the incentive so history isn’t on the side of the Tamaraws. FEU has twice made it to the Last Dance despite being the lower seed: in 2000 and 2011.

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The number of fourth seed teams to force a do-or-die match against the top seed in the Final Four. UST became the latest to do so after its huge win over NU yesterday. The other squads to do it are FEU in 1995 vs. UST, University of the Philippines in 1997 vs. FEU, UST vs. La Salle in 1998, and Ateneo vs. La Salle in 2007. But then again, extending the series to a winner-take all is just the first step. In fact, no fourth seed has advanced to the Finals.

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The number of players who have won both Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in the Final Four era. Romeo is the latest inclusion to the exclusive list, which also includes Ateneo’s Villanueva and FEU’s Arwind Santos. The former was named best newcomer in 1998 and MVP in 2002, while the latter won ROY in 2002 and MVP in 2004 and 2005. The 21-year-old Romeo is the youngest among the three to claim the league’s top individual honor.

LaKazTaMa
09-25-2013, 05:48 PM
Congrats DLSU!