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  1. #11
    Tolomia tows Tams to opening-day stunner over Archers

    By Aldo Avinante ( | Updated July 13, 2014
    MANILA, Philippines – RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo are gone for the FEU Tamarraws, but the Morayta faithful has nothing to fear. For Mike Tolomia has shown he is more than ready to carry the load.

    Tolomia scored 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter in leading the Tamaraws to a stunning 82-77 victory over defending champion La Salle Green Archers in the opening day of the 77th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.

    "We don't talk about it much (loss of Romeo and Garcia) but by default, Mike and Mac Belo are being touted as the new King Tamaraws and it’s a challenge for them," said FEU coach Nash Racela.

    "But more importantly, Mike hit the more important shots. As a coach, you don’t like some of the shots he took, but he's Mike Tolomia," he added.

    The third-year player also set up a key play when he created for Carl Cruz to score an open lay-in with 29.2 left to give FEU an 81-77 lead.

    DLSU failed to score the rest of the way, and the Tamaraws sealed the win.

    "Nangggigigil pa ako nung first half kaya hindi ko pa makuha game ko. So nung second half nag-focus na ako sa depensa," said Tolomia who, struggled in the first half scoring only three points on 1-of-7 shooting.

    Belo, for his part, backstopped Tolomia with 20 big points before succumbing to cramps with less than a minute left. Russell Escoto and Cruz added 13 and 11 points, respectively, for the Morayta-based squad.

    The Tamarraws had to fight back from an early 13-point deficit after a slow start, chipping away at the Archers’ lead before finally taking the driver’s seat, 52-51, when Cruz drilled a triple at the 4:41 mark of the third quarter.

    Almond Vosotros paced the Taft-based cagers with 18 markers while Jeron Teng and Jason Perkins chipped in 14 and 11 points, respectively.

    FEU had a spirited charge in the third quarter but the defending champions held on to a slim 59-57 upperhand at the onset of the payoff period.

    La Salle ended the first half with a 37-33 advantage thanks to Vosotros' 12 points while Belo paced the Tamaraws with 13 markers in the same span.
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

  2. #12
    YESSS! opener Stunnerr!
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  3. #13
    FEU coach Nash Racela though believes La Salle are a much stronger team this season. But the Tamaraws like their chances minus former UAAP MVPs RR Garcia and Terrence Romeo.

    "La Salle is beatable. We just have to stay together as a team. They have the size and experience but we will be there fighting," he said.
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

  4. #14
    Well said Coach Nash.
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  5. #15
    Tolomia, Belo lift Tams past Archers

    By RENEE FOPALAN,GMA NewsJuly 12, 2014 6:38pm

    Defending champs, who?

    Mike Tolomia and Mac Belo carried the Far Eastern University Tamaraws to a 82-77 win against the defending champions De La Salle University Green Archers Saturday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

    Tolomia torched the Archers with 23 points, five assists and and three boards.

    The Archers enjoyed a 13-point lead at the end of the first, thanks to successful play in the paint care of Arnold Van Opstal and Jason Perkins. Five straight points from Almond Vosotros ended the period, while FEU had to settle with only two field goals in the first 10 minutes.

    FEU patiently chipped away at the Archer lead, as Belo and Russel Escoto teamed up to trim the lead to give, 30-25, halfway into the second. La Salle responded with five from Vosotros, but Belo and Raymar Jose finished the half with four for the Tams to make it a four-point game, 37-33.

    Belo wasn't done, as he strung six points to trim the lead to two, 44-42, at the 6:54 mark of the thid. Vosotros came to La Salle's rescue with a long bomb, but Roger Pogoy and Tolomia hit five at the other end. A Carl Cruz try at the 4:42 mark gave FEU its first taste of the lead, before a Teng triple and three sraight splits from the line kept the Archers afloat after three, 59-57.

    Tolomia carried the Tams in the payoff period, scoring triples to seize the lead for FEU. A pair of Escoto charities created a six-point separation entering the last two minutes, 77-71.

    Thomas Torres connected on a triple soon enough, but DLSU yielded a steal and two freethrows to Inigo at the other end. La Salle couldn't take advantage of two straight trips to the line, as Norbert Torres and Teng split on their charities, while Carl Cruz scored on a layup at the other end, 81-77, with 29 seconds remaining. DLSU never scored from then on, as the Tams shut down the shaded area. A Cruz split settled the final score. - GMA News
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

  6. #16
    Mike Tolomia shows way as FEU Tamaraws stun La Salle's Green Archers in UAAP debut
    From: Reuben Terrado
    •July 12, 2014, 07:40 pm

    MIKE Tolomia led Far Eastern University to an opening-day 82-77 upset of defending champion La Salle on Saturday in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum.

    Tolomia had 20 of his 23 points in the second half as the Tamaraws used a 12-5 endgame run to overcome the Green Archers. Tolomia scored eight points in the run that enabled FEU to turn a 67-69 deficit into a 75-71 lead.

    He also dished out an assist that led to a Carl Bryan Cruz basket to seal the win, 81-77, with 29.2 seconds left in the fourth.

    The Tamaraws came storming back after a slow start that saw them trail 2-9. It was a revenge of sort for the FEU squad that lost in the Final Four to the Green Archers.

    “We started very slow. But as coaches, wala kaming magawa dahil opening game, may gigil factor. We allowed them to play,” said FEU coach Nash Racela.

    “Slowly, nakita nila ’yung game, na-feel nila ’yung konti, doon na kami naka-recover,” Racela said.

    Mark Belo scored 20 points, Russel Escoto tallied 13 markers, and Cruz finished with 11 points for the Tamaraws, who are now without former UAAP MVPs Terrence Romeo and RR Garcia.

    “Kapag nakita mo, iba-ibang mukha ang nakita mo sa FEU. That’s our responsibility as coaches,” Racela said.

    Almond Vosotros had 18 points while Jeron Teng added 14 for the Green Archers, who shot 25-of-68 from the field.

    The scores:

    FEU (82) – Tolomia 23, Belo 20, Ru. Escoto 13, Cruz 11, Pogoy 6, Inigo 3, Jose 3, Hargrove 2, Tamsi 0, Dennison 0, Ri. Escoto 0, Denila 0.

    DLSU (77) – Vosotros 18, Teng 14, Perkins 11, T. Torres 9, Van Opstal 7, Montalbo 6, Tratter 2, Sargent 2, Rivero 2, Bolick 0, Andrada 0.

    Quarterscores: 10-23; 33-37; 57-59; 82-77.
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

  7. #17
    Mike Tolomia lifts FEU over La Salle

    By Mark Giongco |
    7:44 pm | Saturday, July 12th, 2014

    MANILA, Philippines—Mike Tolomia picked up where his former star teammates left off and Far Eastern University stunned defending champion La Salle, 82-77, in the UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Tolomia took the lead role after playing under the wings of Garcia and Romeo in his first three years and immediately showed he can be relied on.

    “It’s not that I was doubting my players but going up against a very, very strong team like La Salle, sometimes you have doubts,” FEU head coach Nash Racela admitted. “I never expected that we’re gonna win this game.”

    But there was no doubting Tolomia especially in the fourth quarter.

    The crafty guard Tolomia pumped in 13 of his 23 points in the final frame alone, that went with five assists and three rebounds to tow the Tamaraws, who bucked a slow start.

    “We started very slow but as coaches we can’t do anything about it. It’s the opening game and they’re too excited,” said Racela.

    Tolomia too, didn’t have the kind of start he would’ve wanted after he scored just three points on one-of-seven from the field in the first half.

    “I was too eager in the first half and then in the second half that’s when I started to settle down. He (Racela) just told me start at the defensive end and that eventually my game will come,” Tolomia said in Filipino.

    Forward Mark Belo carried much of the scoring load in the first half for the Tams, who fell behind by as much as 13 points, to finish with 20 points.

    The Archers missed three free throws in the final 46.0 seconds with Jeron Teng, who had 14 points, going one-of-two and Norbert Torress coming up empty at the line with the Tamaraws on top by four, 81-77, with 21.3 ticks remaining.

    Russel Escoto added 13 points and five rebounds in his first game back after an ACL injury to give FEU a lift.

    Almond Vosotros paced La Salle with 18 points.
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

  8. #18
    FEU rallies to stun defending champs La Salle

    by Camille B. Naredo,

    Posted at 07/12/2014 7:26 PM | Updated as of 07/12/2014 9:15 PM

    MANILA (UPDATE 1) -- The Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws rallied from an early deficit to stun defending champions De La Salle Green Archers, 82-77, in their first game of the UAAP Season 77 men's basketball tournament Saturday at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.

    Mike Tolomia and Mac Belo took turns torching the Green Archers in the second half, with Tolomia issuing a crucial assist in the final minute to beat the defending champions in stunning fashion.

    Tolomia finished with 23 points - 20 in the second half - while Belo added 20 before sitting out the final 46 seconds of the game due to cramps.

    "It's not that I was doubting my players, kaya lang, going up against a very, very strong team like La Salle, sometimes, may doubts ka rin," FEU head coach Nash Racela said after the game.

    "I never expected that we were gonna win this game," he added.

    The Tamaraws went down 13 points after the first period, but recovered well in the second quarter and were down by just 4 points at halftime.

    Early in the third quarter, it was Belo who struck repeatedly for the Tamaraws, driving into the lane and showing his athleticism by finishing over the big La Salle frontline. Later, it was Tolomia's turn, as the guard began to wax hot from the perimeter.

    A fadeaway jumper by Tolomia over the out-stretched arms of La Salle's Almond Vosotros tied the game at 49-all, and a Carl Bryan Cruz triple gave FEU the lead for the first time in the contest.

    It was a nip-and-tuck contest from that point, with Vosotros leading several La Salle players in the final period as they took back the lead. The Green Archers last held the lead at 69-67, after a free throw by Arnold Van Opstal.

    Tolomia drilled a three-pointer with 4:30 left to take the lead for good, then added 2 free throws nearly a minute later to extend the lead, 72-69. La Salle repeatedly cut the lead, but FEU had an answer every time, including another huge three-pointer with 2:52 left to make it 75-71.

    Tolomia also issued the biggest assist of the game, a dish to Cruz that essentially sealed the game, 81-77, with 29.2 seconds to go.

    "Five assists," Racela said when asked to talk about Tolomia's performance. "Five assists, and I think, better shot selection today... He hit the more important shots. As a coach, sometimes ayaw mo 'yung tinira niya, but that's Mike Tolomia and sometimes you have to give him that."

    La Salle did not help their cause as they missed several free throws in the final period, including two freebies by Norbert Torres with 21.3 seconds that could have cut into the deficit.


    Racela did suggest, however, that La Salle head coach Juno Sauler may have held back his team quite a bit.

    "I think, that's not the La Salle team," he said. "Hinatak ni Coach Juno ng koonti, kasi sobrang hype sa kanila. Sometimes, as a coach, that's a ploy. Good thing kami 'yung kalaban."

    But Racela also added that for all the missed shots and miscues, La Salle were still within striking distance at the end-game.

    "It just shows how powerful they are," Racela said, insisting that La Salle remains the team to beat this season. "We're just so thankful na naka-lusot kami. It was a surprise."

    La Salle got off to a quick start with Arnold Van Opstal and Jason Perkins establishing themselves inside the paint, while the Tamaraws were jittery and only made their first field goal at the 5:21 mark of the paint.

    The Green Archers led by a much as 13 points at the end of the first quarter, 23-10, as veteran guard Almond Vosotros scored five straight points to end the period.

    FEU, after committing severall turnovers in the opening frame, cleaned up its act in the second quarter. Mac Belo began to assert himself, and Russell Escoto and Mike Tolomia also hit key baskets as the Tamaraws unleashed a 17-7 run to cut the La Salle lead to 3 points, 27-30.

    La Salle claimed a 6-point advantage again after a Vosotros triple, 37-29, but FEU ended the first-half strong, with Raymar Jose and Belo hitting close range shots to enter halftime down by just 4 points, 33-37.

    Vosotros finished the game with 18 points to lead La Salle, while Jeron Teng added 14 markers.

    The scores:

    FEU 82 - Tolomia 23, Belo 20, Ru. Escoto 13, Cruz 11, Pogoy 6, Inigo 4, Jose 3, Hargrove 2, Tamsi 0, Dennison 0, Denila 0, Lee Yu 0, Ugsang 0, Ri. Escoto 0, David 0.

    DLSU 77 0 - Vosotros 18, Teng 14, Perkins 11, T. Torres 9, Van Opstal 7, Montalbo 6, N. Torres 6, Sargent 2, Rivero 2, Andrada 0, Bolic 0, Mustre 0, Salem 0.

    Quarter-scoring: 10-23, 33-37, 57-59, 82-77
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

  9. #19
    LaSalle did not hold back. They still showed old weaknesses like missing free throws. For its part FEU shot very well, not an easy thing to sustain throughout a tournament. And yes, Romeo was a cancer.

  10. #20
    our team 6-9 player deep. Dennison and Tamsi are surprise players for me the way they defend the perimeter especially were facing UE, UST, NU and ADMU in our upcoming games. Jose is now much tougher and Inigo shows everybody he can play and orchestrate the tams.

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