UP almost went over the hump but FEU prevailed

5 08 2007

The Far Eastern University Tamaraws exploded for a 14-0 run with 3:35 seconds left in the fourth quarter to force the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons to an almost unfortunate upset in the final day of the first round of the UAAP Season 70 at the Araneta Coliseum last August 5.

The Tamaraws (4-3) prevailed 87-82, leaving the Maroons still winless this season with 0-7. Marnel Baracael led the Tams’ scoreboard with 16 points followed by Paul Sanga who clinched a hefty 15 points. Woody Co carried the colors for the Fighting Maroons with 22 points and 6 boards. The first three quarters were in favor of UP.

In the first quarter, Vicmel Epres’ three-pointer started a 7-0 run for the Maroons with 1:15 minutes in the clock. Lopez and Serios’ 2/2 FTs wrapped up the first period, 20-17 for UP.

Both teams continued to exchange baskets in the second quarter. Paul Sanga led the Tams scoring 8 huge points but Co was there to answer for UP. He notched two three-pointers and 4/5 from the stripe. Paul Sanga’s buzzer-beating lay up tied the game at 40 after the first half.

In the third quarter, the Maroons sparked an 8-0 run courtesy of Migs De Asis and Mike Gamboa who completed a three-point play, with 5:47 minutes left in the quarter. UP claimed its biggest lead of the game with ten points, 54-44.

FEU refused to surrender as Baracael and Fernandez replied for the Tams. Fernandez made a buzzer beater from the half-court to cut UP’s lead to three, 62-59.

But in the last period with 3 minutes remaining in the clock, the game experienced a sudden turn.

UP was still in the lead with 3:35 minutes left after Jay Agbayani made 1/2 FTs. But Baracael 2/2 FT ignited a tremendous 14-0 run stealing the advantage from UP, 85-76. De Asis’s final three-point bomb could only reduce the deficit to five points, 87-82.

“We were just lucky in the end game. We couldn’t make a move all through out the game. But I’m proud of the boys because they didn’t collapse,” said Coach Glenn Capacio.

Coach Glenn also applauded UP for having such a character “even if they’re at the bottom.”

The second round of the UAAP ’70 starts on Thursday, August 9, 2007.

Individual scores:


Baracael-16, Sanga-15, Fernandez-13, Barroca-12, Cawaling-11, Adolfo-8, Ramos-6, Cervantes-2, Abaring-2, Knuttel-2, Alisbo-0, Cabagnot-0, Reyes-0.


Co-22, Gamboa-19, De Asis-14, Lopez-8, Agbayani-8, Rivera-6, Epres-3, Serios-2, Rosales-0, Reyes-0.

Quarter Scores: 17-20, 40-40, 59-62, 87-82.




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