MANILA, Philippines — Its first loss behind it, Far Eastern University tries to bounce back when the Tamaraws meet De La Salle University in the 76th UAAP men’s basketball tournament on Sunday, August 18 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The erstwhile unbeaten FEU side saw its 7-game winning streak snapped by National University last Wednesday and the league-leaders will be hard-pressed to rebound with a better effort against the hard-charging Green Archers.
Terrence Romeo, who had a miserable outing against the Bulldogs, will be the first to attempt to come out better this time as the leading UAAP MVP contender scored just 8 points and missed 13 of his 16 shot attempts.
But it was Romeo, too, who was the hero when the Tamaraws came from behind to beat La Salle in the first round, as he peppered the Archers’ defense with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
In the curtain-raiser, NU hopes to carry the momentum of its win over FEU as the Bulldogs battle Adamson University.
Two-time MVP Ray Parks, who has struggled with his shooting so far, would lead the Sampaloc-based squad’s attempt to win its 6th in 9 games.
On the other hand, the Soaring Falcons are raring to end a 3-game losing skid but would definitely find it hard to beat NU if Jericho Cruz, Ingrid Sewa and Rodney Brondial won’t come up with big games.
Adamson, however, has proven it can pull off an upset after downing the Bulldogs in their first round meeting, 68-66. – Rappler.com