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    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. 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.
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

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    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

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    One last Run ! Go for 2Oth!
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

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    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.
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

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    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
    Everything's Eventual

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    what a statement win, grabe, cge pa More!
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

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    FEU shows might, demolishes Ateneo

    Camille B. Naredo,

    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.
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

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    Loss to FEU like a 'slap in the face' for Ateneo

    Camille B. Naredo,

    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.
    " Ang Sumabay Giba !!! "

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    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%.
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