FEU stays alive, forges playoff vs UST for last F4 slot

13 09 2007

They just wanted to be in the big boys’ place.

Far Eastern University, controlling everything from start to finish, scored an important 84-73 win over reigning champion University of Santo Tomas to keep its flickering Final Four hopes alive in the 70th UAAP men’s basketball at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Tamaraws took the lead and withstood the Growling Tigers’ mighty comeback in the second half to tie UST in fourth with an identical 8-6 card at the end of their elimination campaign.

With that, both teams will collide in a do-or-die playoff match on September 20 for the last Final Four spot.

Despite the resistance of the host school in the third period, Riel Cervantes, a sophomore small forward, and rookie forward Ric Cawaling came up to their senses as they contributed to the Tamaraws fourth quarter 26-point outburst to seal the game.

The Growling Tigers lost their touch in the crucial fourth quarter, producing only 14 points because of the Tamaraws’ clogging defense.

“My players really worked hard today because they wanted to prove themselves as one of the big boys here in this league,” said rookie head coach Glenn Capacio. “We are now looking forward to the playoff game against UST next week.”

Cervantes, who shot 6-of-7 in the field to lead FEU with 14 points, scored on lay-up to give the Tamaraws a safe 78-67 advantage with 1:28 minutes remaining in the game.

Then, Marnel Baracael, who added 13 points and five assists, put the icing on the cake as he completed both free throws for the final count with few seconds left.

“Our good start benefited us in this game,” said Cervantes. “We just played the game although Jervy (Cruz) and the rest of UST almost came back in the fourth period.”

Paul Sanga produced 12 points, while Benedict Fernandez made 10 and Cawaling had nine also for FEU.

In the 1st quarter, FEU had an 8-0 run courtesy of Baracael, Cervantes and Ramos to take a 5-point lead after 8 1/2 minutes of play, 14-9. The 1st 10 minutes of aciton ended with FEU on top, 19-14.

In the 2nd quarter, UST’s Dylan Ababou, Kazim Mirza and Chester Taylor matched the efforts of FEU’s Fernandez and Cawaling from mostly from the perimeter to tie the ballgame twice at 23-all and at 29-all. The Tamaraws eventually closed the 1st half with a 9-point advantage, 39-30.

FEU failed to sustain the advantage in third period as the Tamaraws were outscored by the Growling Tigers, 29-19, and started the final quarter down by a point, 58-59.

Even if they were down, 63-60, the Tamaraws didn’t give up easily.

FEU dropped a crippling 20-8 burst midway the final quarter, capped by Cervantes’ 7 fourth quarter points, to regain the lead for good, 76-66, with still three minutes to go.

UST handled the rebounding department, 46-38, but couldn’t cash in its second chance attempts.

FEU registered 31-out-of-63 (49.2%) total field goals against the 26-out-of-67 (38.8%) of UST.

Jervy Cruz, although contained by FEU’s frontline due to early foul trouble, still paced and reached his usual double-double performance for the Growling Tigers with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Individual scores:

FEU 84: Cervantes 14, Baracael 13, Sanga 12, Fernandez 10, Cawaling 9, Ramos 8, Adolfo 7, Barroca 6, Alisbo 2, Abaring 2, Cabagnot 1, Tanauan 0, Knuttel 0

UST 73: Cruz 13, Mirza 12, Canlas 10, Espiritu 10, Taylor 7, Cuan 6, Allera 5, Ababou 5, Cortez 3, Gile 2, Dizon 0.

Quarter scores: 19-14, 39-30, 58-59, 84-73




9 responses

13 09 2007

Tough loss! Beaten twice. Hmm… Don’t want to speculate anything yet but I’m sure next week’s game will be a hell of a game! Sure na ba yang Sept.20 sched?

13 09 2007
josef ramos

That is the probable date if there is any changes we will post the schedule immediately.


The real josef ramos

14 09 2007

ok thanks Josef. Sana lang sa weekends gawin. 🙂

14 09 2007

i think it was announced yesterday that it would be on monday… but correct me if i’m wrong

14 09 2007
Ignorant Boy

Not sure if this has been asked already… but if UE gets automatic finals slot, how will the other finalist be determined?

14 09 2007

i’m disappointed with the tigers this season. they don’t have the intensity and heart that they had last year.

14 09 2007
Green Mind Sore Loser

1st Option:
-game 1:UST & FEU will fight for 4th place.
-If ADMU loses to NU tom…
game 2: ADMU & DLSU for fight for 2nd place.
– game 3: Whoever loses between game 2 will fight the winner of game 1 for the right to face no.2.
– game 4: whoever wins in game 3 will fight winner of game 2 for the 2nd finals slot.

2nd Option:
– game 1: UST vs. FEU knockout match for 4th place.
– If ADMU wins over NU, ADMU automatically becomes no.2 then DLSU will be no.3.
– game 2: DLSU vs. winner of game 1.
– game 3: ADMU vs. winner of game 2 for 2nd finals slot.

15 09 2007

its official, next play-off match will be on september 17, 2007 (monday)


15 09 2007
Ignorant Boy

Thanks Green Mind Sore Loser for the very detailed reply to my question. 🙂 I guess it means no Final 4 playoffs this year.

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