MANILA, Philippines — League-leading Far Eastern University shoot for its fourth straight win and stay atop the team standings when they battle De La Salle University in the 76th UAAP men’s basketball tournament on Saturday, July 13, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Morayta-based Tamaraws are coming off a 75-57 drubbing of University of the Philippines in their last game, with spitfire guard Terrence Romeo coming up with 20 points on top of 12 rebounds.
Despite his squad’s hot start, FEU rookie head coach Nash Racela doesn’t want to get too much excited.
“La Salle is a tough team,” said Racela, whose team is a win away from matching last season’s fiery start. “At this point, we need to control our emotions just like what we always remind them. Last year, they were 4-0. 3-0 is nothing.”
Romeo, along with former league MVP RR Garcia, Mike Tolomia, athletic forward Anthony Hargrove, Roger Pogoy and Carl Bryan Cruz will anchor the Tams’ attack.
The Green Archers, on the other hand, are fresh from a morale-boosting 82-73 win over archnemesis Ateneo last weekend.
The Taft 5 will rely on reigning UAAP Rookie of the Year Jeron Teng, burly center Norbert Torres, Almond Vosotros, Arnold Van Opstal and Luigi Dela Paz — heroes of their triumph over the Blue Eagles — to break away from a 4-way logjam in second place with a 2-1 win-loss record.
Teng-less Tigers, Warriors clash
In the curtain raiser, University of Santo Tomas takes on University of the East.
Game time is at 2:00 p.m.
The Growling Tigers would have to deal with the Red Warriors sans star guard Jeric Teng, who suffered a shoulder injury after being hit by NU bruiser Jeff Javillonar in their 67-71 setback at the hands of the Bulldogs.
Without their skipper, lanky forward Kevin Ferrer, Karim Abdul, Tata Bautista, Ed Daquioag and versatile forward Aljon Mariano will lead the Tigers’ assault.
UE, meanwhile, will pin its hopes on crack playmaker Roi Sumang, pivotman Charles Mammie, Chris Javier, Ralf Olivares and Jay-ar Sumido in its bid to nail its second win after absorbing a 71-78 beating from season host Adamson University.– Rappler.com