08-30-2015, 03:08 PM
UAAP PREVIEW: Five burning questions facing FEU Tamaraws ahead of Season 78

From: Reuben Terrado
August 28, 2015, 08:31 pm

UAAP PREVIEW: Five burning questions facing FEU Tamaraws ahead of Season 78
FEU coach Nash Racela likes the fact that the Tamaraws have more depth this season with a team built around Mac Belo, Mike Tolomia, Roger Pogoy and Archie Inigo. Jaime Campos


Last season’s elimination-round record: 10-4 (lost to National University in the finals)

Key holdovers: Mac Belo, Mike Tolomia, Roger Pogoy, Achie Inigo, Raymar Jose, Russell Escoto

Key losses: Anthony Hargrove, Carl Bryan Cruz

Rookies/newcomers: Prince Orizu, Monbert Arong, Wendell Comboy, Jojo Trinidad, Barkley Ebona, Steve Holmqvist, Ken Holmqvist.

FAR Eastern University came close to winning the Season 77 championship of the UAAP men’s basketball tounarnent, losing to National University in the deciding Game Three of the finals. This year, the Tamaraws are again considered one of the teams that will likely figure in the finals.

Spin.ph again takes a look at five questions facing the Tamaraws this season.

1. Does FEU have enough depth?

Despite reaching the finals last year, coach Nash Racela was unhappy overthe team’s lack of depth, which, he said, obviously showed during the title series against NU.

“We were limited to seven, maximum of eight players during the NU series,” Racela admitted.

This season, Racela believes the Tamaraws have addressed that concern with the entry of new recruits, mostly coming off residency, led by Nigerian import Prince Orizu, Monbert Arong, and Jojo Trinidad, who are expected to play key roles for the team.

“We have depth this year. Hopefully, with the new rookies and the exposure of the other guys, hopefully, we can stretch it to around 10 player to a maximum of 12,” said Racela.

2. Is Mike Tolomia ready to prove a point?

Going to the new season, Racela expects Tolomia, the team’s second leading scorer last year, to have fully embraced the shift to point guard.

“All his life, he was playing the No. 2 spot,” the FEU coach said. “(Now) ang concentration niya is more on being the point guard for us. He is really making his adjustments. The ball is being shared more this time.”

Tolomia said he is making the adjustment as he prepares for his move to the PBA.

“‘Yun yung dinevelop sa akin dahil pine-prepare na niya (Racela) ako sa next level. Ini-improve ko talaga ‘yung pagiging point guard,” said Tolomia.

3. Will 'Big Mac' be as good as advertised?

Belo is coming off another stint with the Gilas Pilipinas cadets national squad this year in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (Seaba) and the Southeast Asian Games which the country both ruled.

Already a member of the SEA Games team that also won the gold in Myanmar two years ago, Belo said he has gained a lot from competing internationally especially going up against professional players from other countries.

That could only augur well for the Tamaraws’ campaign this season.

“Malaking impact para sa akin, para rin sa team kasi nadadala ko ‘yung experience ko dito lalo na ‘yung mga kalaban namin sa SEA Games na mga professional players,” Belo said.

For the season, Racela said Belo has become comfortable playing at small forward.

“Ang talagang winork namin over the preseason was the transition of Mac to the 3. Now he is really comfortable playing the perimeter. Now he could defend better against the perimeter guys. That’s something we want to take advantage of,” the FEU coach said.

4. Is FEU more than just a Belo-Tolomia team?

Raymar Jose, Achie Inigo, Russell Escoto, and Richard Escoto are among the holdovers from last year’s team who will play key roles for the Tamaraws’ campaign this season.

Another player from whom Racela is expecting a lot is Roger Pogoy, who like Belo and Tolomia, will be playing in his final year.

“We are expecting a lot from him this year,” said Racela. “He is finding his niche. Dati, he’s more of an all-around player. But this time, he is playing as a shooter which is opening a lot of opportunities for him.”

“He is really a good defender. Isang bagay na lumalabas sa kanya is his leadership. Nagiging vocal siya and ginagampanan naman niya ‘yun,” Racela added.

5. Can Tamaraws go all theway this time?

The Tamaraws were one win away from winning it all in Season 77. With Belo, Tolomia, and Pogoy playing in their farewell year, a lot of league watchers feel this could be the best time for the Tamaraws to bag the championship.

Racela was quick to play down the favorite tag.

“Teams have been improving. It’s not going to be easy this season. Adamson and UP now have imports and they have mature players. UE, kahit walang import, you know their strength which is the pressure defense.

“Mabigat pa rin ‘yung mga teams from the Final Four last year and UST has a veteran core. Mahirap kalaban ‘yun,” said Racela, whose Tamaraws have not won a UAAP title since 2005.

But favorite or not, he expects his Tamaraws to rise to the occasion.

“Maybe we are being mentioned because we reached the finals last year. Maybe the first step for us is to embrace it. It is important that it is in our head but we should not allow that to deter us from being great,” said Racela.

08-30-2015, 03:13 PM

08-30-2015, 03:28 PM
One last Run ! Go for 2Oth!

09-02-2015, 07:30 AM
UAAP Season 78: FEU out to foil NU’s back-to-back bid

Jasmine W. Payo


Embracing its tag as this season’s favorite, Far Eastern University hopes to prove everyone right that the Tamaraws are indeed primed for the UAAP men’s basketball championship.

“Maybe this is our best chance because of our group of veterans,” said FEU coach Nash Racela as his Tamaraws loom as the biggest threat to National University’s bid for back-to-back crowns.

“For sure we’ll do our best this year,” added Racela, who boasts a solid core led by Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia. “Hopefully, we’ll have a favorable outcome after this season.”

Season 78 unfolds this Saturday at 12 noon at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

University of the East and University of the Philippines kick off the action at 2 p.m., while University of Santo Tomas and Adamson clash at 4 p.m.

“We’re very thankful for the opportunity to win the championship last year, but that’s over and done with,” said NU coach Eric Altamirano, who steered the Bulldogs past the Tamaraws in last year’s Finals to end a 60-year title drought.

“This is a new season and we want to have the same approach—to give our best and hopefully have another run,” noted Altamirano during the press conference Tuesday at Gloria Maris in Gateway.

Rivals Ateneo and La Salle, who are banking on two of the league’s biggest stars, also target to get past the Final Four this time.

Dark Knight
09-06-2015, 08:06 PM
Though I failed to catch the game, i heard we won in a convincing fashion. But this is the first game only. Long way to go

09-07-2015, 11:59 AM
what a statement win, grabe, cge pa More!

09-07-2015, 12:01 PM
FEU shows might, demolishes Ateneo

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 09/06/2015 6:41 PM | Updated as of 09/06/2015 7:00 PM

FEU's Mac Belo battles Ateneo's Kiefer Ravena. Photo by Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws sent a strong statement to the rest of the UAAP as they dominated the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 88-64, in their first game of the Season 78 tournament Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Several players shone for the Tamaras, with Mike Tolomia, Roger Pogoy, Mac Belo and Raymar Jose taking turns torching the Blue Eagles, who could not keep up with FEU's crisp ball movement and hot three-point shooting.

"We don't play for others," FEU coach Nash Racela said. "Important sa amin is we focus… We were just fortunate today because our outside shots were falling in, especially at the start of the ball game."

After Kiefer Ravena drained a three-pointer to give Ateneo a 7-6, lead, Tolomia responded with a lay-up to put FEU back ahead, 8-7, and the Tamaraws never looked back. They led 23-11 at the end of the opening frame, with Tolomia and Pogoy scoring 21 of those 23 markers.

The Tamaraws took their first 20-point advantage, 49-29, early in the third quarter off an Achie Inigo three-pointer, but that was when Ravena began to wax hot from the field. The Season 77 Most Valuable Player had 14 of his game-high 25 points in the three-pointer as he did his best to keep the Blue Eagles within striking distance.

"Our objective on defense was to limit Kiefer Ravena's touches. He had 25 points, he took 18 shots, so we weren't successful defensively," Racela rued.

Despite Ravena's efforts, the Tamaraws were still ahead, 64-49, entering the fourth quarter. They then scored five quick points to open the final period to restore a 20-point advantage, 69-49.

Jose shone for FEU in the final period, scoring 11 points, often on easy shots inside the paint. Lay-ups by Tolomia and Belo in the final 1:14 gave the Tamaraws their biggest lead at 24 points. Ravena, meanwhile, went scoreless in the final period.

Four players finished in double-digits for FEU, with Pogoy scoring 19, Tolomia adding 17 points along with 8 rebounds and six assists, Belo finishing with 16, and Jose tallying a double-double of 16 points and 11 boards.

The four players – Pogoy, Tolomia, Belo and Jose – outscored Ateneo, 68-64.

The Tamaraws shot a scorching 51.35% from the field, including 34.62% from beyond the arc.

"That's a product of trusting your teammates," Racela said of their hot shooting.

In contrast, Ateneo made only 30.67% of their field goals. Gwyne Capacio was the only other Blue Eagle in double digits aside from Ravena, with 14 points; veteran shooting guard Von Pessumal missed nine of his 12 attempts and finished with nine markers.

Jerie Pingoy, making his highly anticipated debut for Ateneo after a two-year residency, missed all six field goals and was scoreless in over 21 minutes of action, while Hubert Cani, also making his debut after a one-year residency, had two points.

The Tamaraws are now tied with De La Salle University, University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas with identical 1-0 win-loss records after the opening weekend of the UAAP.

The scores:

FEU 88 – Pogoy 19, Tolomia 17, Belo 16, Jose 16, Escoto Ru. 6, Inigo 5, Arong 5, Dennison 4, Orizu 0, Escoto Ri. 0, Trinidad 0, Holmqvist 0, Tamsi 0.

ADMU 64 – Ravena 25, Capacio 14, Pessumal 9, Gotladera 6, Wong 4, Ikeh 2, A. Tolentino 2, Cani 2, Pingoy 0, Ma. Nieto 0, V. Tolentino 0, Mi. Nieto 0, Babilonia 0.

Quarter-scores: 23-11, 44-26, 64-49, 88-64.

09-07-2015, 12:05 PM

09-07-2015, 12:06 PM
Loss to FEU like a 'slap in the face' for Ateneo

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 09/06/2015 7:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Ateneo de Manila University coach Bo Perasol considers the Blue Eagles' stunning loss to Far Eastern University (FEU) in their first game of the UAAP Season 78 a "slap in the face" that they need to push them to be better.

The Tamaraws had their way with the Blue Eagles, 88-64, in what was Ateneo's worst loss to FEU in more than a decade.

The Blue Eagles had no answer for the Tamaraws' ball movement, and FEU torched them by making 51.35% of their field goals. Roger Pogoy, Mike Tolomia, Mac Belo, and Raymar Jose combined to outscore Ateneo, 68-64.

"In the beginning, the goal was to gauge ourselves against the perceived best team in this coming tournament, and we really felt 'yung strength ng FEU," Perasol told reporters after the loss.

"But at the same time, I really feel that in the beginning, we had doubts if we could really beat them. 'Yun ang nakita ko – na we were just going through the motions. We could have done a better job," he admitted.

"I think at the end of that, nakita sa depensa naming, the way we played lackluster defense."

Perasol, however, pointed out that at least, the huge loss happened very early into their season, and against the team that has been tabbed as the favorites to win the UAAP Season 78 title.

"It's good in a way that this happened against the best team," he said. "At least, we felt the slap in the face."

"If there is something that we need to achieve this coming season, we need to do more. Mas sobra pa dapat 'yung gagawin naming. Hindi pwedeng ganoon lang, or else, the stronger teams are just going to play us around," he added.

Perasol did see some positives in the loss, noting that import Chibueze Ikeh was a "solid presence," while swingman Gwyne Capacio had a strong outing with 14 points. But he stressed the need for Ateneo's other guards to step up their production as reigning MVP Kiefer Ravena – who scored 25 points in the game – cannot carry the load alone.

"At the end of the day, sinabi ko sa kanila – ako ang nag-prepare sa inyo, and I didn't think I was able to prepare you well," Perasol said. "So we talked about this a lot of time, because we anticipated the adversities that are coming our way."

"But I truly believe we can still achieve more. Nararamdaman ko that we are going to be better. Hindi lang maganda ang timpla naming when we started off," he said.

Ateneo will next face Adamson University on Saturday.

09-07-2015, 12:16 PM
FEU plays true to form with 24-point blowout of Ateneo

By: Mark Giongco



06:03 PM September 6 , 2015

Far Eastern University isn’t tagged as the top UAAP Season 78 contender for nothing.

The Tamaraws inserted fear into the rest of the league following a statement win over the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 88-64, Sunday night at Mall of Asia Arena.

“Our objective on defense was to limit the touches of Kiefer Ravena. He scored 25, he took 18 shots and eight free throws so I don’t think we were successful defensively,” Racela told reporters.. “So these guys still need to put in the work.”

“We don’t play for others. What’s important for us is to just focus on the task at hand whichever team we play,” said Racela as he downplayed his team’s wire-to-wire win.

Roger Pogoy scored 19 points to lead four FEU players in double-digits while Mike Tolomia added 17. Mac Belo and Raymar Jose had 16 points apiece.

Kiefer Ravena posted a game-high 25 points but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter after scoring 14 in the third period where he tried to bring the Blue Eagles back into the game.

Ravena tried, but FEU just wouldn’t let him.

The Blue Eagles never threatened while the Tamaraws poured it on from start to finish with contributions coming from just every player Racela decides to field in to.

Jose added 10 rebounds to his name, Russel Escoto recorded six points, eight rebounds and three blocks while Achie Iñigo and Monbert Arong also had their moments as they combined for 10 points and seven rebounds.

FEU shot 51% from the field and limited Ateneo to only 31%.

09-07-2015, 12:17 PM

09-07-2015, 12:22 PM
Perasol on Ateneo loss to FEU: ‘We felt a slap in the face’

By: Mark Giongco



07:50 PM September 6th, 2015

Ateneo’s blowout loss to Far Eastern University was like a “slap in the face.”

That’s how Blue Eagles head coach Bo Perasol put their 88-64 beating at the hands of the Tamaraws, who played true to their form as this season’s top contender.

“We could’ve done a better job. It was shown with how we played lackluster defense. But it’s good in a way that it happened against the best team,” Perasol told reporters.

“At least, we felt a slap in the face. If there is something we need to achieve this coming season, we need to do more. We can’t be just like that or else the stronger team will just play us around,” Perasol said.

Kiefer Ravena scoring 25 points to lead was a given for the Blue Eagles while Gwyne Capacio and Ikeh Chibueze were bright spots.

Perasol said Ikeh was a solid inside presence with eight rebounds and three blocks in 21 minutes of action.

“The goal was to gauge ourselves against the perceived best team this coming tournament. And we really felt FEU’s strength,” Perasol said. “But at the same time, I really feel that in the beginning it’s like we had doubts if we could beat them. That’s what I saw, that we’re just going through the motions.”

The Tamaraws flexed their muscles with four players scoring in double-digits. Roger Pogoy had 19, burning the Blue Eagles with four 3-pointers, Mike Tolomia added 17 that went with eight rebounds and six assists while Mac Belo and Raymar Jose contributed 16 points each.

09-07-2015, 12:26 PM

09-07-2015, 12:31 PM
Preseason favorites FEU Tamaraws live up to hype with blowout win over Ateneo Blue Eagles
From: Karlo Sacamos
•September 6, 2015, 06:10 pm

FAR Eastern University lived up to the hype—at least on Sunday when it trampled Ateneo, 88-64, for a rousing start to its UAAP Season 78 campaign at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tamaraws, tagged as preseason favorites, flashed their depth and firepower on the way to a wire-to-wire victory that gained them a share of the early lead with University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, and La Salle.

Roger Pogoy, Mike Tolomia, and Mac Belo delivered as expected, while Raymar Jose provided the biggest spark off the bench as the quartet combined for 68 points to outscore the Blue Eagles’ entire output by four points.

“We were just fortunate today,” Tamaraws coach Nash Racela said. “Outside shots were going in especially at the start of the ballgame.”

“Kung ma-susustain namin ‘yun the whole season, that would be good, but I don’t think it will happen,” added Racela, whose team shot a solid 51.4 percent as a unit.

The Tamaraws, who seek to get over the hump after finishing runner-up to National University last season, also did a splendid defensive job as they limited the Eagles to 30.7-percent shooting.

FEU’s defense was particularly evident on Kiefer Ravena, who was held scoreless in the fourth quarter after the Ateneo star registered 25 points in the first three periods.

Pogoy, Tolomia, and Belo heated up early, then Jose capped off the Tamaraws’ onslaught by scoring 11 of his 16 points in the payoff period where FEU kept the Eagles at bay.

The scores:

FEU 88 – Pogoy 19, Tolomia 17, Belo 16, Jose 16, Escoto 6, Arong 5, Inigo 5, Dennison 4, Escoto 0, Holmqvist 0, Orizu 0, Tamsi 0, Trinidad 0

ADMU 64 – Ravena 25, Capacio 14, Pessumal 9, Gotladera 6, Wong 4, Cani 2, Ikeh 2, A. Tolentino 2, Babilonia 0, Ma. Nieto 0, Mi. Nieto 0, Pingoy 0, M. Tolentino 0

Quarterscores: 23-11, 44-26, 64-49, 88-64

09-07-2015, 12:34 PM
Umpisa pa lng yan more pa more!

09-07-2015, 12:50 PM
Nag Overseas training pa mga yan...Tams d2 lng.

09-10-2015, 08:12 AM
for us. slap to the face din. the loss against UST will be a wake up call, on positive note they need this game how will they react after a loss, it will help them maybe to lessen their heads as "TEAM to BEAT".

No Defense.
Gigil Factor.
Raymar Jose dribbling the ball coast to coast. lolz.

bounce back tams! beat archers!

09-10-2015, 08:16 AM
Umpisa pa lng yan more pa more!

wag tayo masyado over confident. lesson learned for us, the players should remind what happen in 2009 and 2010 season when FEU tagged as team to beat. over confident. ang nangyare ayun KANGKONG.

09-10-2015, 08:18 AM
Umpisa pa lng yan more pa more!

wag tayo masyado over confident. lesson learned for us, the players should remind what happen in 2009 and 2010 season when FEU tagged as team to beat. over confident. ang nangyare ayun KANGKONG.

09-10-2015, 08:21 AM
nakakasawa na yung "traditional Final four team" "finalist".. championship crown naman!

09-11-2015, 04:37 PM
haha malapit na yan

09-11-2015, 04:43 PM
Breaking down UST’s win over FEU

Rick Olivares

Posted at 09/11/2015 12:52 AM | Updated as of 09/11/2015 12:53 AM

Remember that old saying, “Never wake a sleeping tiger?”

That means don’t court trouble you cannot handle.

Lost in the all the Final Four talk after a subpar Season 77, the UST Growling Tigers are 2-0 in this young UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament; tied with UP. For Tigers coach Bong dela Cruz, his team flying below the radar suits him just fine. “Mahirap din sabihin na walang expectations sa team namin,” said the second year Tigers coach. "May history at tradition ang UST so hindi basta basta papayag mga estudyante at alumni na talunan at hindi lumalaban. So okay lang kahit hindi kami seeded, basta, lalaban kami."

UST looked shaky against Adamson in their campaign debut; a 70-64 victory. Against pre-tourney favorite FEU, the Growling Tigers looked bold and daring that resulted in a 72-71 win.

Let’s break down UST’s stirring win.

Ed Daquioag and Kevin Ferrer are a handful. The Tigers version of the Splash Brothers combined for 52 points against UE and against FEU, Ed scored 18 points while Kevin hot for 13 markers.

Ferrer had two huge threes down the stretch and an incredible bullet like assist from 20-plus feet out to Daquioag underneath the basket.

FEU, the masters of the dribble drive? They had no answer for Daquioag who pretty much did whatever he wanted to do. He also added 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal against 3 turnovers.

Karim Abdul came to life. The graduating center of the Tigers finished with 7 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 assist against Adamson. Bong dela Cruz thinks he will find his old game shape by the end of the first round. What he lacked offensively he made up defensively as he blocked four shots by the Falcons.

Against FEU, he tallied 8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 2 blocks. But it was his stop of Mike Tolomia in the game’s final and deciding play that made the difference. FEU’s Mike Tolomia spun around Jon Sheriff around the free throw line and got into what looked like an open lane. Tolomia also got past Ferrer except that Abdul was waiting to block his shot. The FEU’s main man opted not to lay the ball in and instead dropped it to Mac Balo who came from the weakside. The drop was less than perfect as Belo was unable to field it. Daquioag swiped it and UST had the win.

Abdul laid a big fat egg in the fourth period — no points and no rebounds. But it was a steal (a poor entry pass by Iñigo to Belo where Abdul sneaked up from behind) and a shot changer that made the difference too.

The Tigers harried FEU non-stop. Said Bong dela Cruz post-game, “Yung kalaban nila nung una (Ateneo) walang depensa. Kami magde-depensa kami.” Everyone dela Cruz sent in from Louie Vigil to Mario Bonleon to even Zach Huang played scrambling help defense that didn’t make FEU comfortable at all.

UST’s guards were steadier than their FEU opposites. Even when they had Jeric Fortuna in uniform, UST had their forwards bring down the ball a whole lot. And that hasn’t changed. Having pointed that out, UST’s guards were steadier as they harried their FEU opposites and committed fewer turnovers.

UST: Sheriff and Lee = 1 turnover
FEU: Tolomia and Iñigo = 12 turnovers

The two Tams guards committed two four huge errors during crunch time that allowed UST to escape. Iñigo’s entry pass to the post to Mac Belo was bad. Belo had someone on him and Abdul went in to double yet Iñigo still passed the ball. It was poked away and UST went to the offensive. Then Iñigo hung a dangerous crosscourt pass that Daquioag easily picked off.

Nash Racela brought in Tolomia who they had seemed to have forgotten. Maybe he should have not gotten off the bench. Tolomia dribbled the ball off his foot and with a chance to win the game, there was that stop by Karim and Daquioag.

If FEU put the clamps on former Baby Tamaraws star Jerie Pingoy in their first game against Ateneo, they forgot all about Marvin Lee who they opted not to keep (they only tabbed Wendell Comboy who isn’t bad but will have to wait until Mike Tolomia and Achi Iñigo are done). Lee played a little over eight minutes but he had three points, one rebound, and two steals and zero turnovers. He placed a lot of pressure on Tolomia and Achi Iñigo in his limited minutes.

If FEU played the perfect game against Ateneo, they were uncharacteristically flat against UST. They had 13 uncontested shots — six more than UST — but they just couldn’t hit the side of a building last Wednesday even if they want to. Some of it was their own doing; some it due to UST’s inspired defense. Ultimately, it was their undoing. Instead of putting some distance between themselves and the field, the Tamaraws fell back to earth with a 1-1 slate tied with La Salle while UST and UP are both 2-0. The rest of the league is 0-1 with their next matches this Saturday.
Disclaimer: The views in this blog are those of the blogger and do not necessarily reflect the views of ABS-CBN Corp.

09-11-2015, 04:49 PM
Loss to UST an early wake-up call for FEU

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 09/09/2015 8:59 PM | Updated as of 09/10/2015 5:45 PM

MANILA, Philippines – After a sensational start to their campaign in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tournament, the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws came crashing back to earth rather quickly.

The Tamaraws were the toast of the league after a 24-point drubbing of the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles on Sunday, but were stunned by University of Santo Tomas (UST), 72-71, on Wednesday to move to 1-1 this season.

FEU trailed by double-digits in the first half, rallied to make it a close game in the second, but could not stop UST's Ed Daquioag in crunch time and fumbled a chance to steal the win when Mike Tolomia committed a turnover while passing to Mac Belo in the dying seconds.

The Tamaraws still shot over 47% from the field, but committed 21 turnovers – Tolomia alone had 10 – that led to 26 easy points for the Tigers.

FEU head coach Nash Racela turned to an old coaching cliché following the loss, saying: "It's easy to say na mas mabuti ng natatalo ka ngayon. That's a common line na ginagamit ng coaches."

"Of course, you don't want losing. But at the same time, it's a good wake-up call," he also said.

Tolomia, who finished with only eight points in the game, shared his coach's sentiment.

"Mas okay na sa amin na nangyari na ngayon 'yung natalo kami, kasi habang maaga pa, magising na kami na kaya kaming talunin ng lahat ng teams," he noted.

Racela admitted that he had anticipated the Tamaraws' poor performance as they were also sloppy in practice in the past few days following their huge win over the Blue Eagles.

"It wasn't really nice, but I think we carried it over to the game," he said.

"Of course, not to take away credit from UST – they played a hell of a game, they had a really good game plan and forced us to do things that we were not comfortable with," he added.

The loss was a bit of a déjà vu for Racela and the Tamaraws: they also lost to UST in their second game of Season 77 after a huge win over De La Salle University in their first game.

"It's exactly the same thing that happened last year," said Racela. "We anticipated that."

"I think our realization is, we told the players that you can't win ball games if you don't defend," he added. "You can't win ball games if you turn the ball over."

The Tamaraws will try to recover this weekend against La Salle – another team that suffered an upset loss Wednesday as the Green Archers were stunned by the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons.

"Hindi rin magpapatalo 'yun," Racela said. "We have to prepare against La Salle."

09-11-2015, 04:54 PM


Imperfect 10: Coach Racela refuses to pin blame on Tolomia turnovers for FEU loss
From: Reuben Terrado
•September 9, 2015, 08:29 pm

Imperfect 10: Coach Racela refuses to pin blame on Tolomia turnovers for FEU loss

MIKE Tolomia couldn’t help but sigh after learning that he committed 10 turnovers on Wednesday against University of Santo Tomas.

“Grabe,” said Tolomia.

Aside from the 10 turnovers, Tolomia struggled with only eight points in Far Eastern University's 71-72 loss to the Growling Tigers, 72-71. He did have four rebounds and five assists in the game.

Tolomia, who committed two costly turnovers in the endgame, said he felt the team wasn’t prepared for the game against UST, which translated to their poor play on Wednesday.

“Siguro depensa nila, sobrang aggressive din. ‘Yung iba kong teammates, hindi rin sila ready 'pag nabibigyan ko ng bola sa kanila, natataon na nalalakasan ‘yung pasa o hindi nasasalo.”

“Normal lang naman ‘yun. Breaks of the game,” said Tolomia.

FEU coach Nash Racela refused to point to Tolomia’s turnover-tally as the single biggest factor for the defeat.

“Not really specific to Mike but as a team, we committed 21 turnovers. That was a big factor. Percentage-wise, we shot around 47 precent which was nice. Ang problema, we turned the ball over and a lot of the turnovers, converted to layups agad,” said Racela.

“Hindi puwedeng ilang tao lang ang ready, kahit kami. Dapat magising kami sa talo na ‘to. Coming into this game, nag-relax kami ng konti. Hindi kami ready,” said Tolomia.

Dark Knight
09-13-2015, 09:00 PM
Nice game kanina against La Salle at mukang nag improve naman si Orizu

09-15-2015, 03:59 PM


Emphatic second-half surge powers FEU Tamaraws past DLSU Green Archers
From: Reuben Terrado
•September 13, 2015, 07:00 pm

Mike Tolomia and the FEU Tamaraws have had an up and down stint so far, starting the tournament with a win, followed by a loss, then another victory. AP

FAR Eastern University used a huge third-quarter run en route to a 93-75 win over La Salle on Sunday to regain its winning ways in the UAAP Season 78 seniors basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena.

A 20-0 run gave the Tamaraws full control, taking a 77-54 lead on the way to their second win in three matches.

FEU bounced back from a one-point defeat to league-leading University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday.

La Salle, which trailed by only two points at halftime, suffered its second consecutive loss for a 1-2 win-loss record.

Heroes were aplenty for the Tamaraws with Mike Tolomia making up for his 10-turnover game against UST by finishing with 20 points and five assists.

Mac Belo had 17 points while Prince Orizu and Roger Pogoy combined for 16 in the third quarter.

The Tamaraws, who held a precarious 57-54 lead before that key third-quarter run, also shot 14 for 34 from three-point range.

FEU coach Nash Racela, however, said the win was down to their defense.

“We’ve always emphasized on playing defense. That’s the reason why we won against Ateneo. All of a sudden, we didn’t play any kind of defense against UST. Actually binalik lang namin. Players were up to the challenge,” said Racela.

Jeron Teng had 29 points and 10 rebounds for the Green Archers, who shot just 2-of-14 from three-point range.

The scores:

FEU (93)—Tolomia 20, Belo 17, Orizu 12, Pogoy 8, Inigo 6, Jose 6, Tamsi 6, Trinidad 6, Ru. Escoto 5, Arong 3, Comboy 3, S. Holmqvist 1, Ebona 0, Ri. Escoto 0.

La Salle (75)—Teng 29, Caracut 13, Sargent 11, Rivero 8, Perkins 5, Muyang 3, Navarro 3, Torralba 2, Go 1, Langston 0, Torres 0, Tratter 0.

Quarterscores: 24-25; 45-43; 77-54; 93-75.

09-15-2015, 04:00 PM

09-18-2015, 10:14 AM
How the heck did Prince Orizu, who was just a wide bodied guy up to a month ago, suddenly develop a drop step and a hook?

Simple answer: Nash Racela and his assistants know how to train their guys.

Buti pa kayo, Tamaraws. Hindi na lang ako magsasalita tungkol dun sa amin, nakita naman natin lahat anong gulpi inabot namin sa inyo.

09-18-2015, 02:52 PM
Pare gaya ng sabi mo kung magaling, magaling talaga. May laro talaga si Prinze but he wasn't really used to playing the post. During pick-up games with fellow africans and some fil-ams, Orizu would dominate games when he gets a running start. Perimeter nangagaling kung hindi man fastbreak. He had difficulties when he started playing with the Tamaraws because he was utilized exclusively sa paint.He was clearly head and shoulders above Ikeh, who is mechanical, less agile, less athletic, and less skilled

Dark Knight
09-21-2015, 10:34 AM
I'm no analyst but I have little Faith in Orizu when this season started. I havent watched his pre season games but when i watched his game against la salle and UP, laki ng improvrment. We badly need a back up guy to Jose and hope Orizu will dominate.

09-21-2015, 01:44 PM
Mukhang good upgrade ni hargrove si prince Orizu, malupet mag Dunk. kaya lng pareho rin ni shaq Oneal sa free throws hahaha.

09-21-2015, 01:48 PM
FEU Tamaraws whip skidding UP Maroons for second straight win and share of UAAP lead
From: Reuben Terrado
•September 20, 2015, 07:10 pm

FEU Tamaraws whip skidding UP Maroons for second straight win and share of UAAP lead

FAR Eastern University used a huge fourth quarter run to blow past University of the Philippines, 75-58, on Sunday in the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball tournament at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The Tamaraws launched a 12-0 blast in a five minute stretch that turned a 53-49 lead into a 65-49 advantage to claim their second straight victory.

FEU hiked its win-loss record to 3-1, tying Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas for the lead in the team standings as UP suffered its second straight loss for a 2-2 mark.

Raymar Jose had 11 points and 13 rebounds, Mike Tolomia added 11 points while Achie Inigo and Roger Pogoy had 10 points each for FEU.

“Hard earned win,” FEU coach Nash Racela said. “This week kasi, we will be playing three teams that like to press. Right now, that’s the problem that we are having. We are having too many turnovers. But I think we played better in the second half.”

“I think everything started with defense when we made it really tough for UP to execute,” said Racela on that fourth-quarter run.

“That was the difference in the first half, madali silang naka-execute.”

Jose scored the final five points of that fourth-quarter run, including a three-point play that made it a 16-point game with 2:54 left.

Jett Manuel had 16 points for UP, which led by one point at halftime.

The scores:

FEU (75)—Jose 11, Tolomia 11, Inigo 10, Pogoy 10, Orizu 8, Arong 7, Belo 5, Ru. Escoto 5, Tamsi 5, Ri. Escoto 2, Comboy 1, Dennison 0, Trinidad 0.

UP (58)—Manuel 16, Dario 10, Desiderio 9, Lim 8, Harris 3, Juruena 3, Longa 3, Asilum 2, Kone 2, Moralde 2, Amar 0, Gallarza 0, Jaboneta 0, Prado 0, Vito 0, Webb 0.

Quarterscores: 13-8; 28-29; 51-45; 75-58.

09-21-2015, 01:50 PM
FEU's colorful 'sea of yellow green' gimmick fast catching attention of UAAP audience
From: Reuben Terrado
•September 20, 2015, 08:10 pm

FEU's colorful 'sea of yellow green' gimmick fast catching attention of UAAP audience

The 'sea of green' gimmick by Far Eastern University supporters started during last season's finals between the Tamaraws and the National University Bulldogs. Jaime Campos

IT’S a Far Eastern University gimmick that has easily caught the attention of the entire UAAP.

A part of the FEU gallery on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum was transformed into a sea of green as fans and supporters of the team flashed a green image from their cellphones and tablets as they cheer on the Tamaraws against the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons.

Spin.ph asked around and later found out that the stunt has been going on since last year’s league finals between the Tamaraws and the National University Bulldogs.

The gimmick caught on when an FEU fan page encouraged its followers to download the green image on their gadgets as answer to NU’s light stick stunt.

As a way of supporting the Tamaraws, the fan would show and wave the image with the brightness of the gadget in full bright.

The act caught on again among FEU fans as the color green was visibly noticeable in the gallery during the game, which the Tamaraws won, 75-58, to catch up with idle Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas on top of the standings.

09-21-2015, 01:54 PM
'Pulot Boy' Raymar Jose plays role to the hilt in FEU Tamaraws' rousing win over UP Maroons
From: Reuben Terrado
•September 20, 2015, 08:41 pm

'Pulot Boy' Raymar Jose plays role to the hilt in FEU Tamaraws' rousing win over UP Maroons

Coach Nash Racela described Raymar Jose as FEU's 'pinakamagaling na basurero.' Jaime Campos

RAYMAR Jose played his role to the fullest on Sunday as Far Eastern University made it to the top of the UAAP Season 78 standings.

Jose finished with a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds to help the Tamaraws pull off a 75-58 win over University of the Philippines.

FEU coach Nash Racela described his big man in an interesting manner, adding Jose was the key in the Tamaraws’ 12-0 run in the fourth period.

“I think the key there was Raymar,” said Racela. “Ginagampanan niya kasi talaga na siya ang pinakamagaling na basurero sa amin. Pulut ng pulot. ‘Yun talaga ang trademark niya.”

Jose shrugged off his performance though as he believes his effort on Sunday has a lot to do with his hardwork in practice.

“Ginagawa ko lang ‘yung part ko. Siguro ‘yung tinatrabaho ko sa practice, eto nagiging result,” said Jose.

Hardworker Jose indeed, does extra work after practice as attested by Racela himself.

“Si Raymar, after practice namin, nag-iisprint pa siya mag-isa. May sarili siyang routine. Habang pagod na ang lahat, ‘yung iba nagpapahinga, lagi siyang may ginagawa na tatakbo mag-isa,” he said of the third year big man.

“Natatakot ako na baka masunog siya. Pero ganun ang pagkagawa sa kanya,” Racela added.

09-21-2015, 01:57 PM
Parang may similarity sa PBA sila Belo at Jose , si Belo parang Phillip Cezar at si Jose naman parang si Sonny Cabatu, tingin nyo?

09-24-2015, 05:27 PM
FEU Tamaraws avoid upset ax, turn back gutsy UE Warriors to regain UAAP lead
From: Reuben Terrado
•September 23, 2015, 04:20 pm

FAR Eastern University stormed back in the fourth quarte to beat University of the East, 92-81, on Wednesday in the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Tamaraws went on a run of 18 points while holding the Red Warriors scoreless in a five-minute span to avoid a reversal and climb back to the top of the standings with a 4-1 win-loss record.

Mac Belo presided over FEU’s fiery finish, scoring 12 of his 24 points in the fourth period. That included a burst of five straight points to give the Tamaraws the lead for good, 77-75, with 4:57 left in the game.

“Hirap na hirap kami. We just got the lead late in the fourth quarter. It’s a tough UE team. ‘Yun talaga ‘yung inexpect namin,” said FEU coach Nash Racela.

UE led by as many as 15 points and had a 75-70 lead with 6:47 left in the ballgame but failed to score again until the final two-minute mark when the result of the game was all but settled.

Mike Tolomia had 15 points while rookie veteran Monbert Arong added 14 points for FEU. Raymar Jose had another double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Tamaraws.

UE dropped to 2-3.

The scores:

FEU (92) — Belo 24, Tolomia 15, Arong 14, Jose 13, Pogoy 10, Inigo 8, Tamsi 3, Ru. Escoto 2, Orizu 2, Ri. Escoto 1, Comboy 0, Dennison 0, Ebona 0, Trinidad 0.

UE (81) — Batiller 18, Javier 13, Derige 10, Varilla 9, Abanto 8, Charcos 7, De Leon 7, Palma 6, Manalang 3, Penuela 0, Yu 0.
Quarterscores: 21-29; 39-50; 59-71; 92-81.

09-24-2015, 05:29 PM
Pumaren: UE 'became tentative' against FEU

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 09/24/2015 12:48 PM

FEU exploded for 32 points in the final frame to boost themselves to solo first. Photo by Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – The University of the East (UE) Red Warriors blew a golden opportunity to pull off a massive upset against Far Eastern University (FEU) on Wednesday when they fell apart in the fourth quarter after leading for most of the game.

The upstart Red Warriors led 71-59 at the end of the third quarter and were making the Tamaraws uncomfortable with their full court press. But the young squad collapsed in the final period when FEU made its run.

The Tamaraws wound up outscoring the Red Warriors, 33-10, in the final quarter, to eventually take a 92-81 victory, their fourth of the season. UE shot only 27% in the final quarter, while allowing FEU to make almost 59% of their field goals.

"We have to compete for 40 minutes," UE head coach Derrick Pumaren said after the game. "But we stopped competing in the last six minutes."

"We got away from what we were doing, we did not play defense, we became tentative. I think that tells the story for us," he added.

Pumaren acknowledged that their youth and inexperience could have been a factor against a more veteran FEU team, but for the most part, the coach simply believed that his players got away from their game plan – which was working very well – in the final period.

"Parang masyadong kaming nag-ingat. The boys became tentative," he rued. "We did not play defense in the last six minutes."

"The game plan was to make sure that we defend the three-points of FEU, and their drop passes, which we did not do in the fourth quarter. We were in control of the ball game because we were doing a great job of defending their three-points," he explained.

In the fourth period, however, the Tams made four of their nine attempts from beyond the arc, often via kick out passes after players like Mike Tolomia or Mac Belo drove to the lane to draw the UE defense.

"We were always late," Pumaren said. "We were not there to cover. We were not closing out the way we should be closing out."

UE also fell apart offensively, Pumaren added, with his players just standing around instead of moving the basketball.

"In the six minutes, we ran away from what we were doing defensively and offensively," he said. "It was all forced shots. We did not attack. UE basketball is to attack, and we gotta attack them."

Pumaren now hopes that his young players will learn from the difficult loss and improve.

"Hopefully, as the season goes along, we will be a better team, and we'll learn how to handle the pressure," he said.

09-24-2015, 05:33 PM
Racela: We found a Batiller stopper in Tamsi

Mark Escarlote, ABS-CBN Sports

Posted at 09/23/2015 11:09 PM | Updated as of 09/24/2015 8:07 AM

Francis Tamsi's statistics may not be as noticeable as that of his more popular teammates but the guard contributed big time on the defensive end, bringing in the intangibles for the Far Eastern University Tamaraws.

Tamsi flawlessly played his role by giving explosive University of the East guard Edison Batiller a hellish second half as the Tams gore the Red Warriors in a come-from-behind 92-81 win to bolt in solo top spot of the 78th UAAP men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

With Tamsi allover Batiller in the fourth quarter, the UE’s main gun was silenced to a 0-of-4 field goal shooting. He had a 6-of-13 clip the first three quarters with the Red Warriors comfortably ahead.

"We found a Batiller stopper in Francis Tamsi," said FEU coach Nash Racela. "What he did is very, very big. He was able to stop Batiller in the second half."

Tamsi coming in to defend Batiller was not planned as Racela admitted that he is not their first option to match with the speedy UE rookie.

"It wasn't really part of the game plan. Mas (Monbert) Arong kami as our defender," according to the mentor.

But Racela never doubted Tamsi's defense.

"Actually we weren't really surprised kasi si Tamsi is a really disciplined defender," he said. "And yun ginawa niya ang part niya and it really helped us a lot."

While Tamsi is busy shutting the door on Batiller, who in the fourth rarely got the ball in his hands and never had a decent look at the basket, FEU ran over the Red Warriors in the payoff period with an 18-0 blitz to erase a 71-59 deficit at the end of the third to another scorching windup for the Tams.

"Ang ganda ng depensa ni Tamsi sa akin e, tapos sumu-shoot talaga ang three-points nila (sa fourth)," said Batiller, who finished with 18 points on a 6-of-17 clip with five rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals.

"Mahirap talaga. Off din kami, hindi na kami maka-shoot sa fourth," Batiller added. "Ok lang yung first to third pero yung sa fourth off na talaga. Nahirapan na kami lalong lalo na ako."

Tamsi had three points and two boards.

09-28-2015, 05:06 PM
FEU survives Adamson, gains solo first

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 09/27/2015 7:45 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Mike Tolomia drained a booming three-pointer with 42 seconds to go and the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws went on to escape with a gutsy 64-60 win over the Adamson University Falcons Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

It was the Tamaraws' fifth win of the season against one loss, giving them solo first place in the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball tournament.

Meanwhile, the Falcons remain winless, losing for the sixth consecutive time.

"Going into this week, we expected a hard three games. 'Yun naman ang in-expect namin. Every single game we played this week was really hard," said FEU head coach Nash Racela after the game. "So, muntikan pa kami."

(Read: 32-point fourth quarter carries FEU over UE for solo first)

The Falcons gave the Tamaraws a tremendous scare, as they led 56-50 with 5:43 to go thanks to the efforts of big man Pape Sarr, who muscled past his defenders on his way for easy lay-ups and rebounds.

"Hindi namin kaya 'yung import nila," Racela admitted of Sarr, who finished with 26 points and 22 rebounds. "He was really dominating the game."

A Francis Tamsi triple kicked off a 7-0 FEU run, which saw Russell Escoto score back-to-back buckets to give the Tamaraws a 57-56 lead.

The two teams experienced scoring droughts in the next couple of minutes until Adamson's Joseph Nalos burned FEU defender Monbert Arong as he spun to rim for a lay-up that gave the Falcons their last lead of the game at 58-57 with 49.9 seconds left.

Out of a timeout, FEU was able to get Tolomia wide-open for a three-pointer, and the veteran guard responded by draining his first triple of the game to give the Tamaraws a 60-58 lead that they would not relinquish.

"Kahit hindi naman ako nakaka-shoot bago 'yun, confident pa rin ako sa tira ko," said Tolomia after the game.

Adamson flubbed their chances to tie the game when Nalos missed a lay-up, then the point guard turned the ball over in their next possession that led to two free throws for Roger Pogoy. Two free throws by Sarr cut the lead to two, 60-62, but Mac Belo drained two insurance free throws that preserved the win for FEU.

It was another balanced scoring effort for FEU as Escoto finished with 11 points, while Tolomia had 10 on two-of-eight shooting, and Belo finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and two assists.

Meanwhile, Sarr was the only player in double digits for Adamson, with Nalos finishing with nine points, nine rebounds, five assists, and two steals.

The Falcons, who welcomed back Coach Mike Fermin from a one-game suspension, kept in step with the Tamaraws all game long and took a 41-36 lead after a stunning 11-point run in the third quarter anchored by Sarr.

FEU ended the quarter strong and led 48-45 heading into the fourth, but Sarr's three-point play early in the third kicked off an 11-2 run for Adamson that gave them a 56-50 lead, paving the way for the tight finish.

The scores:

FEU 64 – Ru. Escoto 11, Belo 10, Tolomia 10, Pogoy 9, Inigo 8, Jose 5, Arong 4, Tamsi 3, Ri. Escoto 2, Orizu 2, Dennison 0, Ebona 0, K. Holmqvist 0, S. Holmqvist 0, Trinidad 0.

ADU 60 – Sarr 26, Nalos 9, Tungcab 7, Escalambre 6, Bernardo 2, Garcia 2, Margallo 2, Ng 2, Ochea 2, Polican 2, Camacho 0, Villanueva 0.

The scores: 13-11, 27-20, 48-45, 64-60

Dark Knight
10-04-2015, 07:47 PM
It's payback time this Wednesday

10-11-2015, 02:13 PM
Yeah man Tams beat Nu .

10-11-2015, 02:15 PM
Surging Tamaraws gored the falling Blue Eagles on court 66-61.

10-11-2015, 02:16 PM
FEU holds on to down Ateneo anew

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 10/11/2015 1:55 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU) completed a season sweep of Ateneo de Manila University after downing the Blue Eagles, 66-61, in their second round encounter of the UAAP Season 78 tournament Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

A 10-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters gave the Tamaraws a 54-49 advantage with 8:29 to go, and it proved to be enough of a cushion to hold off a late Ateneo charge led by Kiefer Ravena.

(READ: UAAP Season 78 Men's Basketball 2nd Round Schedule)

With the victory, the Tamaraws now sit at the top spot of the league standings with a 7-1 win-loss record, while the Blue Eagles suffered their second consecutive defeat to drop to 4-4 this season.

10-11-2015, 02:22 PM
UAAP: FEU clips Ateneo, wins 6th straight

By: Randolph B. Leongson



01:46 PM October 11th, 2015

Far Eastern University used a strong fourth quarter to clip Ateneo, 66-61, and extend its winning run to six games in the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Mac Belo, Al Francis Tamsi and Achie Iñigo ignited a 7-0 run early in the fourth that allowed the Tamaraws to take a 54-47 lead.

Kiefer Ravena kept the Blue Eagles fighting, but the Tams had Belo to match his clutch baskets before FEU sealed the game at the charity stripe, thanks to Russel Escoto, Mike Tolomia, and Roger Pogoy inside the final minute.

The win allowed the Tamaraws to momentarily take solo leadership at 7-1 while also sending Ateneo to its third straight defeat to fall to 4-4.

“There’s a lot to improve on, especially on the defensive end,” said FEU head coach Nash Racela, who kept his wards hungry despite their recent success.

Belo, the graduating forward, led a balanced attack for FEU with 12 points, five rebounds, and two assists, while Escoto got 10 markers and six boards.

Roger Pogoy also had 10 points and Raymar Jose hauled down 13 rebounds to go with his two points.

“We told them before this game that we’re at 6-1, but we had close games where we could’ve been 3-4,” said Racela. “We shouldn’t be really be happy where we are right now. We have to focus more on the things we can improve on.”

The Tamaraws completed an elimination round sweep of the Blue Eagles after scoring an 88-64 rout in the first round.

READ: FEU plays true to form with 24-point blowout of Ateneo

Ravena paced Ateneo in the losing effort with 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the field, to go with five rebounds while Adrian Wong had a career-high 14 points in the loss.

University of Santo Tomas also guns for a 7-1 slate against De La Salle University later in the day.

The Scores:

FEU 66 – Belo 12, Ru. Escoto 10, Pogoy 10, Tolomia 8, Iñigo 7, Tamsi 6, Dennison 4, Arong 3, Jose 2, Orizu 2, Trinidad 2, Ri. Escoto 0, K. Holmqvist 0.

ATENEO 61 – Ravena 15, Wong 14, Pessumal 8, Gotladera 7, Black 6, Ikeh 6, Babilonia 3, A. Tolentino 2, Apacible 0, Cani 0, Capacio 0, Ma. Nieto 0, V. Tolentino 0.

Quarters: 19-19, 30-32, 47-47, 66-61.

Dark Knight
10-11-2015, 03:55 PM
Congratulations Tams. Kaya lang minsan we are taking 3's too much

10-12-2015, 02:28 PM
Mac Belo's Gilas cadet stint helped him to become a better perimeter defender, says FEU coach
From: Reuben Terrado
•October 11, 2015, 05:26 pm

Mac Belo's Gilas cadet stint helped him to become a better perimeter defender, says FEU coach

FOR someone known for guarding bigger players early in his collegiate career, it appeared to be an effortless thing for Mac Belo now that he’s assigned taking on smaller men in Season 78 of the UAAP.

And that was none more obvious on Sunday when Belo took on the role as primary defender of Ateneo gunners Kiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal in the Tamaraws’ 66-61 win over the Blue Eagles.

The strategy worked.

Ravena scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter but had to bleed for every basket late in the game when Belo was in front of him.

The FEU stalwart even had a big block on Ravena during the waning moments of the match that sealed FEU’s win over Ateneo.

Earlier, Belo was also tasked to defend Pessumal, who was held down to just eight points and shot just 2-of-10 from the field.

FEU coach Nash Racela said Belo’s defensive abilities is a testament of how he has grown by leaps and bounds since he became part of the Gilas cadet team two years ago when he played for the national team in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.

He was also part of the team this year when the biennial meet was held in Singapore.

“Again, it’s part of Mac’s improvement. Kasi dati, he is used to guard bigger guys sa ilalim. When he started playing with Gilas, doon siya natuto.

“He started guarding perimeter players and he really embraced that. Kaya that gave us confidence na ilagay siya sa perimeter,” said Racela.

The FEU mentor is impressed with how Belo defended against the Blue Eagles while doing well on offense by scoring a team-high 12 points for the Tamaraws, who stayed in first place with a 7-1 win-loss slate.

“I think he did well against Von today. Towards the end, we have to use him on Kiefer. Not part of the plan but kinailangan,” he said.

Belo said for his part that he is making a concerted effort to be a complete player by playing defense.

“Kailangan ko talaga mag-work sa defense especially sa small. ‘Yun ang iniimprove ko every game,” said the national team member

10-12-2015, 02:30 PM
Embattled Bo Perasol confirms season will be his last with Ateneo Blue Eagles
From: Reuben Terrado
•October 11, 2015, 03:01 pm

Embattled Bo Perasol confirms season will be his last with Ateneo Blue Eagles

Bo Perasol admitted he's not coming back to coach the Ateneo Blue Eagles by the end of the season.

ATENEO coach Bo Perasol disclosed this season will be his final year with the Blue Eagles, regardless of what the outcome of their campaign is going to be in UAAP Season 78.

Perasol confirmed he had already spoken with management about his plan not to return to the team by the end of his three-year agreement to coach the Katipunan-based team.

“Meron na kaming agreement. I told them that this will be my last year,” said Perasol to a few reporters after Ateneo lost to FarEastern University on Sunday.

Asked if the decision is regardless of the result of the Blue Eagles’ season, Perasol said: “Regardless ‘yun.”

The Ateneo coach added the team is well aware of his decision not to stay.

“Alam nila ‘yun. The team knows that. The management knows that. Laging ang usapan namin, ‘This is our last hurrah,’” Perasol said.

The former University of the Philippines’ stalwart’s statements came after his future with the team hangs in the balance prior to the start of the second round.

Sources, however, said his decision to walk away from the team came way before this week.

Perasol also hinted he is not inclined to stay on even if the Eagles’ Season 78 campaign ends with a championship.

“Napag-usapan na namin lahat. I don’t think that’s going to be something that needs to be talked about. We all understand that already,” he said.

Perasol admitted receiving offers from outside Ateneo, but added he is not entertaining any of them owing to the ongoing UAAP campaign.

“Ang mga offers, from the outside. But I don’t talk to them because meron akong obligasyon dito sa Ateneo,” said Perasol.

Despite serving his final year with the team, Perasol said he is bent on giving the Blue Eagles a championship, especially after getting the support of management when it decided that he stay for
the remainder of the season.

“The mere fact na pinaglaban ako ng management to continue this, I’m really bent on doing something with the team. We still have time to do that,” he said.

Perasol took over the Ateneo coaching helm in 2013 when Norman Black returned to coach
Talk 'N Text in the PBA after guiding the Blue Eagles to five straight championships.

He had a tough first season with the Blue Eagles after missing the Final Four on a year when Ravena was saddled by an injury for the better part of the season.

Perasol guided Ateneo on top at the end of the eliminations last year, only to lose to eventual champion National University in the Final Four.

10-25-2015, 04:34 AM
Tamaraws downplay Final Four feat, focused on remaining games

Far Eastern University had every right to celebrate on Saturday night when it became the first team to make the Final Four following a close win over University of the East.

But as the final horn sounded, the Tamaraws shook hands with the Red Warriors and quietly headed to the locker room.

Make no mistake, the Tamaraws have their sights locked in on a championship and nothing less.

“To tell you honestly, it’s not in our minds,” FEU head coach Nash Racela told reporters when asked about his team’s Final Four accomplishment this early in the season. “We know that [if we win] we’re going to get into the Final Four so why bother thinking about it.”

“Getting into the Final Four is not enough,” said swingman Roger Pogoy, who hit a crucial triple late en route to a 12-point, eight-rebound effort. “There’s still a lot of time for us to improve before we get to the playoffs.”

And in a blink of an eye, Racela shifted his focus on what’s next.

“We just want to focus on the next one. When we play Adamson they just came off a big win today. We can’t take teams for granted even if they’re at the bottom of the standings because those are strong teams and all of them gave us a hard time in the first round.”

The victory extended FEU’s winning run to eight games and gave the Tamaraws a one-game lead over University of Santo Tomas, the only team to beat them so far this season, for the top seed.

“Scary,” Racela said after his team slithered its way out of trouble against UE. “It’s scary,” he went on again.

What’s more frightening is how fearsome FEU has been all season.

10-25-2015, 04:38 AM
FEU Tamaraws secure spot in UAAP Final Four, overcome huge challenge from UE Warriors
From: Reuben Terrado
•October 24, 2015, 07:20 pm

FAR Eastern University clinched a Final Four berth in the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball after beating University of the East, 71-67, on Saturday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The Tamaraws claimed the solo lead with a 9-1 win-loss slate to capture the first seat in the semifinals.

Mac Belo scored 16 points, while Roger Pogoy added 12 points, with the two contributing 10 each in the final period.

Pogoy also hit a dagger triple that sparked a 7-0 blast and put the Tamaraws ahead, 69-65, with 1:32 left in the fourth.

Nick Abanto sliced FEU’s gap to two points, 69-67, but missed two shots in the end, with Achie Inigo hitting two free throws to settle the score.

“To tell you honestly, it’s not on our minds. We know that we are going to get into the Final Four so why bother think about it. We just want to focus on the next game,” said FEU coach Nash Racela.

FEU, which has won eight straight outings, took first place with University of Santo Tomas dropping to 8-2 with its loss to Ateneo on Wednesday.

The Tamaraws next face Adamson on Wednesday.

Bon Batiller had 13 points for UE, which failed to hold on to a seven-point lead. The Red Warriors have lost six of their last seven games and fell to 3-7.

The scores:

FEU 71 - Belo 16, Pogoy 12, Inigo 11, Jose 8, Orizu 8, Ru. Escoto 6, Ri. Escoto 4, Tolomia 4, Arong 2, Comboy 0, Dennison 0, Tamsi 0, Trinidad 0.

UE 67 - Batiller 13, Charcos 10, P. Varilla 10, Abanto 8, Derige 8, J. Varilla 7, Javier 5, Manalang 3, Palma 2, De Leon 1, Gonzales 0, Sta. Ana 0.

Quarterscores: 18-19; 34-34; 53-55; 71-67.

Dark Knight
11-19-2015, 12:14 AM
Ateneo. .....or 20th

11-19-2015, 12:25 PM
expect Mac Belo to guard KR. if our guards (Arong, Tamsi and Dennison) Defense clicks may chance tayo. Prince Orizu and Richard Escoto will play special role to our team.

11-19-2015, 02:07 PM
FEU boots out La Salle with huge 4th quarter run

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 11/18/15 7:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) Far Eastern University (FEU) used a massive fourth-quarter run to overpower De La Salle University, 71-68, and complete the UAAP Season 78 Final Four picture Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Tamaraws, anchored by Roger Pogoy and Monbert Arong, used a stunning 20-4 run midway through the fourth quarter to erase a 12-point deficit and take a 65-61 lead with 2:04 remaining.

Pogoy scored all 11 of his points during the run, including a booming three-pointer with 2:40 to go that gave the Tamaraws the lead for good, 63-61.

Off a miss by La Salle's Jason Perkins, Arong went strong to the hole for a lay-up that put the Tams up 65-61 and prompted Juno Sauler to call his last timeout with still 2:04 remaining.

"We made it clear during the halftime, when we were down 10 points, sabi namin, we are still going for the win. (We said that) if we had the chance to win, then go for it," FEU head coach Nash Racela said after the game.

The loss dropped La Salle out of the race for the Final Four and ensured that National University will take the last semifinal spot. The defending champions Bulldogs will play top-seeded University of Santo Tomas in the Final Four on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

FEU, already assured of the second seed and the twice to beat edge, will face Ateneo de Manila University in the semifinals on Saturday, also at the Araneta Coliseum.

(READ: BIG MAC: The many faces of Mac Belo)

La Salle still had their chances to win the game as they were down by just one point, 66-67, with 1:22 left following a three-point play by Jeron Teng. A missed lay-up by Arong and two misses at the line by Steve Holmqvist further left the door open for the Green Archers.

Unfortunately for La Salle, Thomas Torres stepped on the line while going after the ball, giving FEU back the possession with 13.5 seconds left. Off a duty foul by Teng, Arong coolly drained his free throws to make it a 69-66 advantage.

It was a sorry loss for the Green Archers, who led by as much as 15 points in the third quarter, 52-37, and were clearly going all out in a bid to extend their season.

They could not match FEU's firepower in the fourth period, however, especially when Pogoy started making his three-pointers after the Tamaraws fired blanks from beyond the arc for most of the game.

"The chance to win presented itself," said Racela. "There were some lapses on their part."

Racela said their primary objectives were to preserve their key players – Pogoy, Mike Tolomia and Mac Belo – heading into Saturday's showdown against Ateneo, as well as to give their reserves some much needed playing time.

He achieved both: only Joe Trinidad played over 20 minutes, and Tolomia and Belo sat out the entirety of the fourth quarter while their teammates finished the job in their stead.

"You never know what will happen. That's why we gave them exposure. Today, we saw players who really played – Trinidad, the Holmqvist brothers, Wendell Comboy. These guys, they only need the opportunity to play. Today, they stepped forward, and they were ready," Racela said.

Teng finished with 20 points, nine rebounds, and five assists, while Prince Rivero had 16 points and nine boards. La Salle finished the season with a 6-8 win-loss record.

The scores:

FEU 71 – Arong 13, Pogoy 11, Belo 10, Inigo 9, Ri. Escoto 8, Orizu 5, Ru. Escoto 4, Trinidad 3, Tamsi 2, K. Holmqvist 2, Tolomia 2, S. Holmqvist 2, Comboy 0, Ebona 0.

DLSU 68 – Teng 20, Rivero 16, Torralba 8, Torres 7, Perkins 6, Muyang 5, Caracut 3, Langston 3, Gob 0.

Quarter-scores: 22-19, 29-38, 45-54, 71-68

11-19-2015, 02:08 PM
One game lng yan on saturday

11-19-2015, 02:18 PM
Juno Sauler ready to face consequences after La Salle failure to make UAAP Final Four
From: Reuben Terrado
•November 18, 2015, 09:21 pm

DE La Salle coach Juno Sauler said he is ready for any eventuality after the Green Archers were eliminated from the Final Four race of UAAP Season 78 on Wednesday night.

Two years after the Taft-based school won a championship against University of Santo Tomas under Sauler, the Green Archers hit a low point after failing to make the semis for the first time since 2011 with a 71-68 loss to Far Eastern University on Wednesday.

La Salle wound up with a 6-8 (win-loss) card after blowing a 15-point lead against the Tamaraws, enabling National University to take the final spot in the Final Four.

The early elimination is expected to put into question Sauler’s future with the team, especially with former PBA champion coach Siot Tanquingcen joining the La Salle coaching staff at the start of the season.

But the soft-spoken La Salle coach said he isn't concerned about his future, saying, “I live in the present. I don’t know what happens in the future.”

Sauler said he’s ready for whatever the school does next.

“You always have to be ready for the future. If you are not ready for the future, malaking problema ‘yun,” he stressed.

Sauler, however, said he is looking forward though to next season with the Archers especially with star player Jeron Teng already expressing his intention to return and play his fifth and final year with the school.

[See Jeron Teng 'definitely' returning for final season with La Salle]

“I’m sure those guys who will have one year left, they don't want to finish or graduate for La Salle with this kind of ending. I'm sure they are hoping for a better ending.

"With Jeron coming back, probably we will get to influence the other guys and come up with a better showing next year," said Sauler.

11-19-2015, 02:38 PM
Go for 20th!

11-22-2015, 04:48 AM
LOOK: Vice Ganda reacts to FEU win


Posted at 11/21/15 10:22 PM

MANILA - An avid fan of basketball and an alumni of the Far Eastern University (FEU), comedian Vice Ganda could not help but express his excitement over the Tamaraws' win against the Ateneo Blue Eagles during their UAAP Season 78 Final Four clash on Saturday.

On his Instagram account, the upcoming "Beauty and the Bestie" star wrote as the accompanying caption to a photo him: "Mukha ng Tagumpay! Panalo FEU magbuffet tayoooooooo!!!!!"

His post harked back to his viral "walang kakain" video, which he uploaded after the FEU Tamaraws lost Game 2 of UAAP men's basketball finals last year to the eventual champions, the National University Bulldogs.

But bragging about the win wasn't the only thing Vice Ganda did after the game as he also mentioned Ateneo star and current MVP Keifer Ravena, whose 25-point effort wasn't enough to lift his team past the Tamaraws.

Vice Ganda praised Ravena for making his last game in the UAAP an entertaining one. He told him via Twitter: "Good game MVP.''

11-22-2015, 04:51 AM
Big Three lives up to name in FEU’s ouster of Ateneo

By Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 21, 2015 10:08 PM

COLLECTIVE ACTION. FEU's Big Three all had a hand in their incredible thriller of a win against Ateneo.

Kiefer Ravena’s illustrious collegiate career ended on a losing note at the hands of Mac Belo.

Far Eastern University’s versatile forward converted a putback just as time expired to lift his team to a thriller of a win against Ateneo de Manila University on Saturday.

The game-winner was so incredible that more than an hour after it was made, Ravena still couldn’t believe his collegiate career came to a close because of it. “Wala akong maisip ngayon. Naiisip ko pa yung tira ni Mac,” he told reporters.

Nothing would have been possible, however, if not for RR Pogoy’s game-tying triple and then defense as well as Mike Tolomia’s smarts and aggressiveness. As coach Nash Racela put it, “Si Mac naka-shoot nung huling tira, but it was a team effort.”

Indeed, it was Pogoy who tied the game and then keyed two defensive stops in a row and it was Tolomia who came rushing onwards for the attempt that Belo eventually sent back into the net. Just as they have all season long, the Tamaraws’ Big Three played, well, big.

Doubling down on their philosophy, Belo said, “Gusto namin lahat nagko-contribute.”

Apparently, that even extends to their dealings with the media. Belo and Pogoy were the players flanking their coach in the post-game interview, but in the middle of it all, Nash Racela mentioned that he wished Tolomia were there too.

Not long after, FEU’s lead guard entered the press room and joined his mentor and teammates – completing the green and yellow’s pillars.

Just the fitting end to what was an incredible game.


11-22-2015, 04:56 AM

11-22-2015, 04:58 AM
Tamaraws charge into Finals behind Belo buzzer-beater

By Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 21, 2015 06:29 PM

END OF AN ERA. Mac Belo's incredible follow-up ended the Ravena era in Ateneo and sent FEU right back in the Finals.

No, Kiefer Ravena wasn’t ready for his goodbye to collegiate basketball just yet.

But Far Eastern University wasn’t letting him extend his stay in the UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball either.

Mac Belo’s putback just as time expired lifted the Tamaraws to a thriller of a win against Ateneo de Manila University, 76-74, at the Araneta Coliseum, Saturday.

It wouldn’t have been possible, however, if not for RR Pogoy’s game-tying triple and then defense as well as Mike Tolomia’s smarts and aggressiveness. As coach Nash Racela put it in his post-win interview, “Si Mac naka-shoot nung huling tira, but it was a team effort.”

Ravena and Adrian Wong generated a massive fourth quarter surge and moved Ateneo in front, 74-71, with 2:20 remaining before Pogoy buried a huge triple in the face of great defense to tie the game at 74 with 67 seconds to go.

The Eagles gave the ball to Ravena at the other end, but Pogoy stopped him at every turn and stripped him of possession. FEU was unable to take advantage, however, and Wong found himself ahead of the pack at the other end.

Still, Pogoy chased him down and forced a miss before the Tamaraws charged right back down to their side of the court. Tolomia took it strong to the rim only to see his layup roll out.

Fortunately for FEU, Belo didn’t give up on the play and sent the ball back into the net for another one of his game-winners. Racela’s Big Three merged for 44 points to power their team right back into the Finals.

Racela doesn’t want to guarantee anything just yet, however. “We can’t really say that it’s our time, but that’s the goal for us.”

The now back-to-back MVP finished his UAAP career with 25 points while 11-year partner-in-crime Von Pessumal had 15 markers of his own.


FEU 76 - Pogoy 16, Belo 15, Tolomia 13, Inigo 9, Dennison 6, Jose 5, Escoto 4, Orizu 4, Arong 4, Tamsi 0

ATENEO 74 - Ravena 25, Wong 17, Pessumal 15, Gotladera 8, Ikeh 4, Ma. Nieto 2, Go 2, Capacio 1, Babilonia 0, Black 0, Tolentino A. 0, Pingoy 0, Tolentino M. 0

QUARTER SCORES: 19-12; 38-32; 56-50; 76-74

11-22-2015, 04:59 AM

11-22-2015, 05:01 AM

11-22-2015, 05:04 AM
Its Over!

11-22-2015, 05:08 AM
Belo's game-winner a result of team effort: Racela

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 11/21/15 8:33 PM

MANILA, Philippines – For the second straight season, Far Eastern University is marching to the UAAP Finals thanks to a buzzer-beater from forward Mac Belo.

Belo's put-back with less than a second to go lifted the Tamaraws to a pulsating 76-74 victory over the Ateneo Blue Eagles, echoing his heroics from Season 77 when he buried a triple at the buzzer to defeat La Salle.

Belo, who finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, rightly received much of the praise, but FEU head coach Nash Racela pointed out that "it was a team effort."

"Siya lang ang naka-shoot," Racela said of Belo. "Actually, ang daming guys na hindi naba-banggit, but guys like (Ron) Dennison, Monbert Arong, (Francis) Tamsi… It was a team effort."

Even Belo deflected the attention from his game-winner and instead commended their defensive stop in the previous possession, when Roger Pogoy chased down Ateneo rookie Adrian Wong to prevent what may have been a game-winning lay-up.

"'Yun ang nagpapanalo talaga sa amin," said Belo.

After a Russell Escoto miss, Wong had raced to the other end for what would have been the game-winner, but was bothered by Pogoy who refused to give up on the play even after the Ateneo rookie had left his other defenders in the dust.

"Libre na talaga siya," said Pogoy, who finished with a team-high 16 points and had also hit the triple that tied the game at 74-all. "Binangga niya ako kaya na out of balance siya."

"Nasa isip ko lang, hahabulin ko lang talaga, kasi kapag na-shoot 'yun, wala na," he added.

Thanks to Pogoy's efforts, the Tamaraws were able to regain possession with still over seven seconds to go. Mike Tolomia wasted just enough time before attacking, going for a reverse lay-up that missed.

But Belo was in the perfect place to pluck the ball and lay it in as the buzzer sounded, sending the FEU crowd into a frenzy and his teammates into wild celebration.

"Sobrang saya ko kasi, number one, nakabalaik kami sa Finals," said Belo. "Nakita ko 'yung mga teammates ko na sobrang saya din, and 'yung FEU community… sobrang sarap ng feelings."

"Hindi magiging possible ang attack ni Mike kung 'di hinabol ni Roger 'yung last attempt ng Ateneo," said Racela. "They had the advantage, but hindi nag-quit ang mga players. Humabol and they made a stop, so that gave us seven seconds to attack."

"It was a tight ball game. Gumamit pa ng oras ng kaunti si Mike. He didn't go for the direct attack, kumain ng oras, so that shows his maturity because it was a tight ball game, and with possession, ang gusto mo is the last shot," he added.

The Tamaraws remain on track to achieve their primary goal, which is to better their performance in Season 77. Last year, FEU lost to National University in three games after taking a 1-0 advantage in the best-of-three series.

Racela refused to choose who between NU and top-seeded University of Santo Tomas is their preferred opponent, but noted that his team is now in a better position than they were last year.

"I think the maturity and character – those are things you build up in time, so I think that's something that we have now," he said. "Ngayon, magkaka-kilala na kami lahat. They now understand what we want as coaches, and what we expect from them."

11-22-2015, 05:16 AM
Racela on Finals opponent: 'Kahit sino'

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 11/21/15 7:58 PM

MANILA – Far Eastern University head coach Nash Racela refused to choose when asked whom the Tamaraws would prefer to face in the UAAP Season 78 Finals – University of Santo Tomas or National University.

Mere moments after Mac Belo's putback at the buzzer lifted FEU over Ateneo, 76-74, on Saturday, Racela was put on the spot.

"Kahit sino," Racela said. "Kahit sino. Mahirap mamili. Right now, we're just happy to be back in the Finals."

The second-seeded Tamaraws had a twice-to-beat advantage over the Blue Eagles, and it seemed that Ateneo was on its way to forcing a do-or-die game after taking a 74-71 lead late.

Roger Pogoy however drained a clutch, game-tying three, and in the dying seconds, the versatile forward also raced to bother Ateneo rookie Adrian Wong, who missed a potential game-winning lay-up.

FEU regained the ball with just seven seconds to go, and though Mike Tolomia missed a reverse lay-up, Belo was there for the putback. It marked the second straight Final Four that the Tamaraws advanced to the Finals on the strength of a buzzer beater by Belo, who memorably downed La Salle with a game-winning triple last season.

They will now wait for the winner of tomorrow's showdown between top-seeded UST and defending champion NU. The Tamaraws have yet to beat the Tigers this season, and they lost to the Bulldogs in three hard-fought games in the Season 77 Finals.

"UST beat us twice this year, and NU beat us last year," said Racela. "So kahit sino."

"We'll be ready for Wednesday, if we play on Wednesday," he added.

11-22-2015, 05:20 AM

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11-22-2015, 05:30 AM
FEU ousts Ateneo, returns to UAAP Finals on Belo’s last second basket


05:34 PM November 21st, 2015

Belo strikes again

Far Eastern University is back in the finals of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament after a thrilling 76-74 win over Ateneo Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

A last-second putback from Mac Belo that came after a wild sequence with the game tied and time running out gave the Tamaraws their second straight appearance in the UAAP Finals.

After Adrian Wong botched a chance to give the lead to Ateneo, Tamaraws head coach Nash Racela knew he need not call a timeout as the players alreadu had an idea on what to do in that type of scenario.

Tolomia got the ball milked the clock away before he exploded to the basket for a missed layup. Fortunately for the Tamaraws, Belo was there to turn the miss into gold with 0.5 seconds remaining.

“My players knew what to do actually Mike already knew, he milked the clock out and then went for the attack,” Racela said. “What he did showed his maturity.”

The game-winner capped an all-around performance from Belo who finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Roger Pogoy and Mike Tolomia had 16 and 13 points, respectively.

FEU will face the victor of the University of Santo Tomas-National University match up.

“We can’t say really [that it’s our time], but that’s the goal for us,” said Racela.

League MVP Kiefer Ravena had 25 points to lead all scorers but his effort was for naught as he bids the Blue Eagles farewell. Fellow senior Von Pessumal had 17 points.

“It was hard because Kiefer [Ravena] and [Adrian] Wong were hitting their jumpers, but I though we defended them well,” said Racela.

The Blue Eagles, who actually got 57 of their 74 points from Ravena, Wong, who had 17 points, and Pessumal.

Ravena gave Ateneo a 74-71 lead with 2:20 remaining after five unanswered.

Pogoy, however, answered from deep to tie the game at 74-74 with 1:07 remaining.

11-22-2015, 05:33 AM
From Coach
A player can score 25 points or more every single game, but if his team loses games especially the crucial ones, then there's something wrong. In this game, FEU's bench scoring was well distributed.
Tolomia 16 pts
Belo 15
Pogoy 13

They {FEU} won by 2 points

11-22-2015, 05:36 AM

11-22-2015, 05:40 AM


Mac Belo deflects credit, says Roger Pogoy stop on Wong layup the key to FEU victory
From: Reuben Terrado
•November 21, 2015, 08:16 pm

Mac Belo deflects credit, says Roger Pogoy stop on Wong layup the key to FEU victory

Mac Belo and his FEU teammates celebrate after the last-gasp winner. Dante Peralta

MAC Belo said this year’s buzzer-beating game-winner against Ateneo in the Final Four of UAAP Season 78 was much sweeter compared to the three-pointer at the buzzer that he hit against La Salle last year.

"This year,” he said when asked about the two-game winners, shortly after Far Eastern University's 76-74 win on Saturday that put a sad end to Kiefer Ravena and the Blue Eagles' season.

Asked why, the former national player explained that his last game winner gave the Tamaraws another shot at a title - and a chance to atone for last year's loss to National University in the finale.

“Kasi may chance na uli kami,” he said.

FEU coach Nash Racela said he fully understoodBelo’s choice, sayingall the players have been trained not to dwell in the past and instead live in the present.

“Trained sila to forget what’s behind him. Lagi kaming pushing forward,” said Racela, who even admitted that he didn’t know until after the game that it was Belo who made the game-winner.

“Akala ko si Raymar Jose ‘yung naka-shoot. Hindi ko alam tapos tumakbo na ako to shake hands (with Ateneo) tapos si Mac pala,” said Racela.

Belo, however, deflected the credit for the victory, saying the defensive stop by Roger Pogoy in the final seconds that prevented Adrian Wong from hitting a layup was just as crucial.

“’Yung defensive stop, ‘yun ‘yung nagpapanalo talaga sa amin,” said Racela.

11-22-2015, 05:44 AM

11-22-2015, 05:45 AM
To the Finals!

11-22-2015, 05:50 AM

11-22-2015, 05:53 AM
'Till next time , Goodbye to your Amazing run here in Uaap and Goodluck to your next Journey PBA dreams...So long.. One Big Fight !

Dark Knight
11-25-2015, 06:49 PM
Don't be complacent Tams. Remember last year.

11-27-2015, 11:35 AM
Atin na'to! , 20th!

11-27-2015, 11:38 AM
Tolomia reminds teammates of FEU's Season 77 collapse

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 11/26/15 2:55 PM

MANILA, Philippines – When the Far Eastern University (FEU) players were done shaking hands and patting the backs of the beaten University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers, Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia raised their hands and called their teammates into a huddle.

The sweat had yet to dry on their faces after a 75-64 win over the Tigers in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 78 Finals, when Tolomia looked as his teammates and made a "settle down" motion.

"Teka lang," the veteran guard said, having to shout over the din of the boisterous FEU crowd, "Nangyari na 'to last year."

(FLASHBACK: FEU vs. UST in the 1979 UAAP Finals)

The wounds of Season 77 have motivated the FEU veterans all throughout this season, and their loss in the Finals remains fresh in Tolomia's mind even after more than a year.

Back then, the Tamaraws won Game 1, 75-70, over the National University Bulldogs, only to lose the next two games in resounding fashion – the Bulldogs routed them in Game 2, 62-47, and again in Game 3, 75-59.

This was why, instead of celebrating their Game 1 victory, Tolomia decided to remind his teammates of how they had let an excellent opportunity slip away last year – and fire them up so that they will not make the same mistake this time around.

"Last year kasi, parang sobrang saya na namin noong nakuha namin 'yung panalo (sa Game 1)," Tolomia later told reporters. "So ang naging result ng Game 2 and Game 3, parang passive na kami."

"Ngayon, mas gutom kami," he said.

"Wala pa dapat i-celebrate," Tolomia stressed.

His message seemed to resonate with his teammates, especially the other veterans. "Back to zero" was how Roger Pogoy described the Tamaraws' mentality heading into Game 2.

"Uhaw na uhaw na kami," Pogoy also said. "Last year, natalo kami. Isang (panalo) na lang sana, kaso natalo pa."

"Mas aggressive pa kami dapat sa Game 2," added forward Mac Belo, who had 13 points and 13 rebounds. "Dapat double effort 'pag dating sa defense."

Their mentality is in line with that of head coach Nash Racela, who also believes his team has learned its lesson from last season's heartbreaking loss.

"We're hoping that it's a good reminder for us to be just humble and continue to work hard and correct things so that we'll get another win," said Racela.

Game 2 is set for Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum

11-27-2015, 11:40 AM

11-27-2015, 11:53 AM
Nash Racela guards against complacency as FEU finds self in a familiar situation
From: Reuben Terrado
•November 26, 2015, 07:43 pm


Nash Racela is hoping history will not repeat itself as FEU also won the opener of its title series against National University Bulldogs last year, only to drop the next two games. Jerome Ascano

FAR Eastern University coach Nash Racela is guarding against complacency as the Tamaraws prepare to go for the kill against University of Santo Tomas in Game Two of the UAAP Season 78 finals.

Racela is hoping history will not repeat itself as the Morayta-based school also won the opener of its title series against National University Bulldogs last year, only to drop the next two games.

“I think we learned our lesson from last year’s final,” said Racela. “We were up one game but we lost the series.

“The series is not yet over. We need another win,” he added.

The Tamaraws are on the cusp of winning the school's first title in about a decade. As it is, FEU has the most number of league championships with 19, followed by UST and University of the East with 18 each.

Racela admitted FEU was not as deep last year, the reason the Tamaraws lost to the Bulldogs in the finals.

It’s a different story this year as the team had no player who played more than 26 minutes in Game One. Roger Pogoy played 25 minutes and scored 15 points in the 75-64 win.

Racela said he saw similarities between his FEU team last season and the present UST Tigers, who, because of lack of depth, were forced to play their top players heavy minutes.

Still, it’s not a reason to be complacent, according to him.

“We see ourselves last year in UST this year. Ganyan din kami before, playing 30 plus minutes. The players were really tired. Hopefully, it’s going to be different this year,” he said.

“We are hoping that it’s a good reminder for us to be humble and continue to work and correct things so that we can get another win,” he added.

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12-03-2015, 01:51 PM
FEU rallies past UST to claim UAAP crown

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at 12/02/15 6:42 PM

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) From heartbreak to championship. The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws completed a season to remember by rallying past the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers, 67-62, to take Game 3 and secure the UAAP Season 78 men's basketball championship Wednesday in front a jam-packed Mall of Asia Arena.

Last season, the Tamaraws were on the wrong end of history when they squandered a 1-0 series lead and lost to National University (NU) in three games in the Season 77 Finals, in what was the Bulldogs' first championship in six decades.

They entered Season 78 with the goal of improving upon their runner-up finish, and in front of a frenzied crowd of 23,124 fans, they achieved it. In the process, they ended a 10-year title drought and won the school's 20th men's basketball title.

Mac Belo, in his final game wearing the green and gold, scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds while playing spectacular defense on UST's Kevin Ferrer en route to winning Finals MVP honors. Along the way, he got help from Roger Pogoy, who sparked the late-game run that overhauled the Tigers' fourth quarter lead and finished with 14 points.

(THE POKER-FACED ASSASSIN: Mac Belo’s biggest hits)

"My initial reaction was just to be thankful to the Lord, kasi it was a hard game," FEU head coach Nash Racela said afterwards. "(What makes this team special) is the relationship that we have with each other. Medyo cliché, but it's a family."

A tight first half saw both teams enter the break tied at 30-all, with UST shooting over 40% from the field while holding the Tamaraws to only 25.71%. But in the third quarter, Belo took over as he simply burned his defenders – from Karim Abdul to Kent Lao to Louie Vigil – to score nine points.

The Tamaraws eventually led by as much as 10, 51-41, after two free throws by Pogoy.

UST, however, has made a habit of coming back from huge deficits all throughout the season, and they had one more huge run left in them. Two free throws by Kent Lao and a buzzer-beating triple by rookie Marvin Lee sparked a stunning 16-0 run that gave the Tigers a 57-51 advantage with still six minutes left in the game.

Ed Daquioag, after a slow start, took over early in the fourth, scoring six points in the run including back-to-back jump shots that gave his team a six point advantage.

Belo, who cramped up at the start of the fourth frame and had to be subbed out, returned to the game at this point and immediately went to work. He scored on a quick lay-up, only to see Daquioag respond on the other end to make it 59-53 with 4:27 remaining.

"Ang mindset ko talaga, ibigay na ang lahat," said Belo after the game. "Wala ng bukas."

That was when Pogoy took over. The graduating guard scored on back-to-back lay-ups that made it a one-point game, 58-59. After a free throw by Lao momentarily stemmed the tide, Pogoy then drained the go-ahead three-pointer with 1:27 to go, sending the yellow-clad FEU crowd into a frenzy.

Off a missed three by Lee, Tolomia quickly darted to the basket for a lay-up over Karim Abdul that made it 63-60. UST still had chances from that point, even cutting the lead to one after two free throws by Daquioag, but a turnover by Abdul essentially killed their chances of a comeback.

"Sobrang tatag namin," Tolomia said after the game. "Lagi naming pinag-usapan na kahit lumamang ang UST, daanin lang namin sa depensa. Alam namin na ganoon ang laban namin sa UST – lamang sila, lamang kami. 'Di lang kami nag-give up, lalo na sa defense."

Ferrer, whose explosive 29-point performance in Game 2 helped UST force the decider, bricked two three-pointers in the dying seconds to cap a rough outing that saw him make only two of seven field goals.

It was a sorry end to the season for the Growling Tigers, who finished the elimination round with the top seed and had beaten the Tamaraws in both of their elimination round meetings. Yet they fell short once more in the Finals, the third time in the past four seasons that they wound up in second place. UST has not won the UAAP championship since 2006.

Tolomia finished with 13 points and made his mark on the contest despite making only four of 17 field goals. The Tamaraws again out-rebounded the Tigers, 45-37, including 18-11 on the offensive glass.

Daquioag finished with a team-high 21 points, and Abdul had 12 points and five rebounds. Ferrer finished with only six points and was held in check all game by Belo and Pogoy, who refused to let the season's "co-MVP" burn them a second time.

For the Tamaraws, it was the culmination of a tremendous season that helped erase the pain of their heartbreaking Season 77.

"Binaon na namin (ang Season 77) sa limot," said Belo, who averaged 17.3 points, 10.7 rebounds, and one block per game in the Finals. "Ginawa lang namin 'yung tama – kung ano ang dapat naming gawin sa court."

The scores:

FEU 67 – Belo 23, Pogoy 14, Tolomia 13, Tamsi 6, Ru. Escoto 5, Inigo 3, Jose 2, Orizu 1, Arong 0, Dennison 0, Ri. Escoto 0, Trinidad 0.

UST 62 – Daquiaog 21, Abdul 12, Lee 9, Ferrer 6, Lao 6, Vigil 6, Bonleon 2, Faundo 0, Huang 0, Sheriff 0.

Quarter-scores: 18-19, 30-30, 51-46, 67-62

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12-03-2015, 01:55 PM
"ChampFEUn" - Vice Ganda

By ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 02, 2015 09:14 PM

Comedian and host Vice Ganda celebrated Far Eastern University's UAAP men's seniors basketball title with a pair of posts on social media.


These were the words Vice Ganda, Jose Marie Viceral in real life, posted on his personal Instagram account after the FEU Tamaraws beat the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 67-62, in Game 3 of the Finals, to clinch their record 20th UAAP men's basketball crown

Vice Ganda, an avid supporter of his alma mater's basketball team, posted a photo of him holding FEU's championship trophy in the same post.

12-03-2015, 01:56 PM
"ChampFEUn" - Vice Ganda

By ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 02, 2015 09:14 PM


Comedian and host Vice Ganda celebrated Far Eastern University's UAAP men's seniors basketball title with a pair of posts on social media.


These were the words Vice Ganda, Jose Marie Viceral in real life, posted on his personal Instagram account after the FEU Tamaraws beat the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers, 67-62, in Game 3 of the Finals, to clinch their record 20th UAAP men's basketball crown

Vice Ganda, an avid supporter of his alma mater's basketball team, posted a photo of him holding FEU's championship trophy in the same post.

12-03-2015, 01:57 PM
Belo responds to Racela’s ‘Patay kung patay’ dare with Finals MVP

By Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 02, 2015 10:39 PM

ALL OF ME. Mac Belo left everything on the court as he led FEU to a new league-record 20th championship.

We all know Nash Racela to be this amiable guy who can never seem to get angry.

Apparently, however, Far Eastern University’s coach has a grittier side to him.

As Racela himself shared, written on the board inside the Tamaraws’ locker room in the decisive game of the entire UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Tournament on Wednesday was “Patay kung patay.”

Challenged by their mentor, it was team captain Mac Belo who led FEU in giving their all. So much so that he had to check out of the game twice due to cramps.

Half-joking and half-serious, team manager Mark Molina shared, “Sabi sa akin ni Mac, ‘di bale nang ‘di siya mag-PBA, basta mag-champion dito sa UAAP.”

Battling through cramps, the versatile forward still collected 23 points and eight rebounds while also keeping in check University of Sto. Tomas’ Kevin Ferrer throughout. It wasn’t his only good game either as his consistent effort for the entirety of the series got him Finals MVP nod as well.

For his part, Belo said that even if he didn’t win the individual honor or if he wasn’t able to return after cramping up, he still had full faith in the other Tamaraws to bring home to Morayta a 20th championship. As he said, “Nagtitiwala ako sa teammates ko. Malaki yung tiwala namin sa isa’t-isa.”


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12-03-2015, 02:01 PM
Better late than never for Pogoy’s breakout

By Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 03, 2015 10:19 AM

PROVING HIS WORTH. RR Pogoy scored half of his 14 points in the last five minutes to give FEU both the momentum and the lead they would keep all the way to the championship.

With Mac Belo as team captain and Mike Tolomia as top gun, RR Pogoy is without a doubt the frequently forgotten member of Far Eastern University’s Big Three.

When University of Sto. Tomas was taking control of the decisive game of the entire UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Tournament last Wednesday, however, it was the Cebu native that claimed the ball for his own and fired the big shots that gave the Tamaraws both the momentum and the lead they would keep until the final buzzer.

Pogoy scored all but three points in the 10-1 run that turned a six-point deficit into a 63-60 lead including what could very well be the shot of the series – a cold-blooded triple over the outstretched arms of Growling Tiger captain Kevin Ferrer that retook the lead for good.

When the buzzer sounded, the final score read: FEU 67, UST 62. While no one is denying that Mac Belo deserves the Finals MVP for his consistently strong effort throughout the series, no one could also deny that the Tamaraws’ long-range bomber deserves every bit of the honor – just for taking and making those clutch shots even.

Individual award or not, what cannot be taken away from Pogoy is how he has proven himself worthy to be mentioned in the same breath as Belo and Tolomia. In his fifth and final collegiate campaign, he was no longer Morayta’s best role player and instead just one of its best.

Always amiable, coach Nash Racela kidded when asked about his prized recruit from Cebu, “It’s about time he had his breakout season.”

For his part, Pogoy said he just wanted to leave everything he had on the court. As he said, “Nasa isip ko lang na last ko na so ibubuhos ko na lahat.”


12-03-2015, 02:03 PM
Final faceoff for history between Tigers and Tamaraws

By Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 02, 2015 01:28 AM


FINE LINE. Not much separates Espana and Morayta, but one area will be celebrating with each other while the other will be consoling one another after Game Three.

Game on Wednesday at the MOA Arena

3:30 PM – UST vs FEU

This is it. The 78th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament comes down to four quarters, two halves, one game for all the glory.

University of Sto. Tomas stalks a record-matching 19th championship while Far Eastern University charges towards what would be a new league-best 20th title on Wednesday at the MOA Arena.

The last matchup of UAAP 78 basketball tips-off at 3:30 PM and all of the action will be broadcast LIVE on ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23 as well as streamed LIVE on sports.abs-cbn.com.

Both teams have taken one game apiece in the best-of-three series and have banked on their respective strengths to do so.

The Tamaraws rushed to a series-opening victory powered by an all-around attack that had contributions from Mac Belo to Alfrancis Tamsi. In Game Two, the Tigers roared right back to level the series thanks to an unbelievable shooting performance by “co-MVP” Kevin Ferrer who then had timely help from Ed Daquioag and Karim Abdul.

While momentum currently resides in Espana whose boys have their confidence level as high as ever, Morayta’s representatives have been here before just a season ago and remain determined not to let their hearts get broken twice in a row.

Along with being the decider for the championship, Game Three will also serve as the collegiate farewells for Tamaraws Belo, RR Pogoy, and Mike Tolomia and Tigers Ferrer, Daquioag, and Abdul.

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12-03-2015, 02:07 PM
Tamaraws give Racela the greatest of birthday gifts

By Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 02, 2015 09:25 PM

BIRTHDAY BOY. Now 44-year-old Nash Racela is now a UAAP champion.

When his Far Eastern University boys were denied a sweep of the UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Finals last Saturday night, Coach Nash Racela was supposed to celebrate when he was born two days later (Editor's Note: Racela was born on National Heroes Day, thus the nickname "Nash")

How could he celebrate, however, after witnessing a superhuman performance from Kevin Ferrer that none of his Far Eastern University boys were able to stop?

And so, he went right back to work, devising a way for his Tamaraws to take away their opponents’ strongest weapon.

In the season’s decisive game on Wednesday, FEU had the Growling Tigers’ captain on lockdown all throughout. By the final buzzer, Ferrer had only six points from only seven attempts and was hardly a factor at all in the Tamaraws’ 67-62 triumph.

The gameplan of Racela and his staff was so brilliant that even rival coach Bong Dela Cruz had to say, “’Di kami naka-execute dahil sa defense nila.”

As Game Three went to FEU, so did the UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Championship go to FEU and it was the only present the amiable coach could ask from his boys. “Sabi nila sa akin, ‘Coach, yung birthday gift mo, sa Wednesday na,’” Racela shared.

He then continued, “They delivered and it’s a good gift.”

12-03-2015, 02:09 PM
Decade-long search ends as FEU seizes 20th championship

By Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 02, 2015 06:29 PM

LONG OVERDUE. The FEU Tamaraws outlasted the UST Growling Tigers in Game Three for their first title since 2005.

Mac Belo, RR Pogoy, and Mike Tolomia weren’t letting themselves go through another heartbreak.

Morayta’s Big Three provided all Far Eastern University needed to prevail over University of Sto. Tomas, 67-62, and claim the championship in the 78th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.

With their Game Three win on Wednesday at the MOA Arena, the Tamaraws increased their league-record title total to 20. Coach Nash Racela, who celebrated his birthday last Monday, shared, “Sabi nila sa akin, ‘Coach, sa Wednesday na gift mo.’”

He then thankfully continued, “They delivered and it’s a good gift.”

Behind by six inside the last five minutes, Pogoy had four of five unanswered points that pulled the Tamaraws to 58-59 with 2:31 remaining. Following Kent Lao’s split from the line that gave UST a two-point lead, the Cebuano again fired a cold-blooded triple over the outstretched arms of Kevin Ferrer to front another 5-0 run that gave FEU a 63-60 advantage.

Ed Daquioag moved the Tigers within one, but the Tamaraws held them scoreless during the remaining 54 seconds while converting four charities.

Pogoy ended with 14 points, half coming in the last five minutes, while Belo had for himself 23 points and eight rebounds to also take home Finals MVP. Talking about the individual for his team captain, Racela said, “I think he will share it with his teammates.”

Daquioag topped the scoring column for UST with 21 points. Team captain Ferrer was on lockdown all game long and only had six points in his final collegiate contest.

Ferrer and Karim Abdul will be leaving the UAAP with 0-3 records in the Finals.


FEU 67 – Belo 23, Pogoy 14, Tolomia 13, Tamsi 6, Ru. Escoto 5, Inigo 3, Jose 2, Orizu 1, Arong 0, Dennison 0, Ri. Escoto 0, Trinidad 0.

UST 62 – Daquiaog 21, Abdul 12, Lee 9, Ferrer 6, Lao 6, Vigil 6, Bonleon 2, Faundo 0, Huang 0, Sheriff 0.

QUARTERSCORES: 18-19, 30-30, 51-46, 67-62.

12-03-2015, 02:13 PM
Dark knight Tamarawz_14 Lakaztama - long wait its Over! Finally ! ChamFEUns 20th . naman oh!

12-03-2015, 02:15 PM
Get to know: FEU courtside reporter Ganiel Krishnan

By Barry Viloria on Dec 02, 2015 01:29 AM

She has witnessed the hard work every Tamaraw has put in this season, and it's feeling that love of the game that has given this TV drama actress a new perspective on things. (Photos courtesy of Ganiel Krishnan. Follow her on Instagram: @ganielkrish)

If she thought her stint in acting made working in front of the camera as FEU’s courtside reporter easier for her, she thought wrong. Ganiel Krishnan—who, yes, has acted on TV via Oh My G! and was a finalist at Chalk’s Bright Young Manila campaign this year—admits she fell into many boo-boos in her first days on the job. She stuttered a lot, repeated her lines, losing her rhythm like a freed bull, so to speak. Hence, the mean comments from hardcore UAAP fans on social media that would sometimes get to her.

“Sa Twitter, minsan may nag-comment, ‘Super galing ng FEU team ngayon, pero yung courtside reporter, di nag wo-work?’” she recalls. “Medyo na-hurt ako, pero natatawa na din nalang ako pag nakikita ko yung mga ganung tweets, lalo na nung cheerdance.”

Numbingly attractive on cam, Ganiel, 21, was born to an Indian-Singaporean dad and a Filipino mom—her looks, blessed with the Pan-Asian features that easily propelled her to celebrity when she was younger. She started out as a finalist on noontime show Happy Yipee Yehey!’s My Girl segment, where she was discovered by Johnny Manahan, the man behind ABS-CBN’s talent arm Star Magic himself. She later signed with the prestigious star factory, which would further give way to modeling gigs and supporting roles including those for the hit drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya. She has been groomed to be a well-rounded rising star, too, and was trained in music and dance.

What Ganiel found in sportscasting, however, was rather a shock to her system even for someone with showbiz experience. She learned that reporting the games live differed a lot from acting onscreen, as “walang take two or three. Pag nagkamali ka, dude, mali ka talaga.” The experience also proved unmatched to what it was like in the auditions, counting in the presence of the crowd behind and maintaining poise while in correspondence with the panelists. Off cam saw her exerting hard work, too, as she would follow the Tams train at the FEU-FERN campus in Diliman. Of course, there was the writing, too.

“Minsan, di na din ako nakakatulog,” she admits. “Kaya pumayat ako nung nag start ang UAAP. Pero feeling ko, its all about time management. Kung di ka marunong mag manage ng time mo, wala, talo ka. So, yung mga dapat gawin muna, yun ang mga inuuna ko kesa mag-Twitter or Snapchat.”

Ganiel knows her sports, as she was formerly a track and fielder in high school at Paco Catholic School. She would have tried out for the team at FEU, “kaso di ko kaya kasi lumaki na legs ko.” She wanted to be a pilot “until the Math started.” She then dreamt of pursuing Psychology or Medical Technology, and little did she know she’d end up in the arts. And sports, through her courtside job.

Following in the footsteps of Andi Manzano, Nicole Yu, Krystel Filart, and the likes brought her a new dream: Becoming a newswoman. Yes, it has struck that much effect on her. Being in the company of the Tams (who always tease her to the tune of Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang whenever she arrives in training late)—it's a stark contrast to the glitz and glamour that she relishes in her artista life.

Nevertheless, she opens up, “Mas na-e-enjoy ko to. Kasi feeling ko mas madami akong natututunan dito. Walang take two.”

She then gets sappy, “Sa totoong buhay naman, walang take two.”

It's interesting how, at the Krishnan household, Ganiel is the middle child of five girls. The other four are all Thomasians. As FEU takes on a crucial game on Wednesday against the squad all her sisters are cheering for (“It’s okay na inaaway nila ako, kampi naman sa kin mom ko,” she jokes), she keeps her focus on the game—empathizing with her team.

It’s a dedicated team, she strongly affirms.

“Well, you know, I’ve seen these boys play, and naniniwala ako sa kanila. Three months of hard work, patience, and sweat, nakita ko na kayang-kaya nila.”

“That Game 2 na natalo sila, coming into the dugout, I felt like mas lalong naging hungry yung team, gigil sila manalo. Knowing na we have six veterans who will play their last tomorrow, mas lalong kampante ako na they will not leave FEU without something to give,” she vows.

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12-03-2015, 04:01 PM
FEU TAMARAWS Season 78 Champions !


12-03-2015, 04:02 PM
Till next season ...so long... Tambayan.

01-27-2016, 10:43 AM
Belo clinches best collegiate player plum

By Olmin Leyba

(The Philippine Star) | Updated January 27, 2016 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - Mac Belo of UAAP champion Far Eastern University beat four other top cagers to cop Smart Player of the Year during the Collegiate Basketball Awards presented by the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps and Smart Sports at the Saisaki-Kamayan restaurant in EDSA Monday night.

Belo received the highest honor given by the group of scribes covering the collegiate beat for leading the Tamaraws to their first championship since 2005 while also emerging as the Finals Most Valuable Player.

The North Cotabato native joined Ateneo’s Kiefer Ravena and La Salle’s Jeron Teng as the only players to win the award.

Belo won the award over fellow Collegiate Mythical Five members Ravena, Mapua’s Allwell Oraeme, University of Santo Tomas’ Kevin Ferrer and University of Perpetual Help’s Scottie Thompson during the recognition dinner.

Also sharing the spotlight were Coach of the Year winners Nash Racela of FEU and Aldin Ayo, formerly of Letran.

Racela was responsible for ending the Tamaraws’ title drought during his third season at the helm while rookie coach Ayo, who is now with La Salle, steered the Knights’ past the fancied San Beda Lions to snare the NCAA crown.

The awards night was also backed by Accel Quantum-3XVI, Gatorade, UAAP Season 78 host University of the Philippines, NCAA Season 91 host Mapua, San Miguel Corp. and the Philippine Sports Commission.

Aric del Rosario received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions as coach of University of Santo Tomas and University of Perpetual Help.

The man they call “Tatay Aric” led the Growling Tigers to four straight UAAP championships from 1993 to 1996 then came back to coaching this decade and steered the Altas to three NCAA Final Four appearances before leaving the team after this season.

Other awardees were FEU’s Roger Pogoy and Letran’s Kevin Racal (Pivotal Player), San Beda’s Baser Amer, Letran’s Mark Cruz and FEU’s Mike Tolomia (Super Senior), San Beda’s Art dela Cruz and UST’s Ed Daquioag (Impact Player), Arellano’s Jiovanni Jalalon (Accel Court General) and Teng (Gatorade Energy Player).

01-27-2016, 10:45 AM
^ If it were just up to me Mac Belo would have been the UAAP MVP as well, not Kiefer Ravena. I love Phenom to death but I also recognize just how much better Belo is as a player.

01-27-2016, 10:51 PM
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FAR EASTERN University forward Mac Belo emerged as the biggest winner in the 10th edition of the Collegiate Basketball Awards held last Tuesday (January 26) at Kamayan-EDSA. The 6’4” proud son of Cotabato beat out his more illustrious contemporaries to bring home the Smart Collegiate Player of the Year honor. READ MORE (https://servssports.wordpress.com/2016/01/27/belo-leads-best-of-college-hoops/)