FEU snaps Adamson's perfect UAAP run in OT thriller
MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University Tamaraws' erratic form nearly cost them again.
After blowing a huge double-digit lead, the FEU Tamaraws held on in overtime to snap the Adamson Falcons' perfect run, 88-85, in the UAAP men's basketball tournament at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, October 7.
Adamson saw its unbeaten run come to an end at 5 games to share the top spot with the Ateneo Blue Eagles at 5-1 as FEU moved just behind them at 4-2.
In the extra period, both teams traded leads until the 20-second mark when FEU won a loose ball scramble leading to an open Barkley Ebona layup, 88-85.
Adamson had a chance to forge one more OT period, but good FEU closeouts led to two straight blocked Jerrick Ahanmisi threes.
The Tamaraws blew a whopping 17-point advantage, 67-50, in regulation as the Falcons rallied behind Sean Manganti and Ahanmisi to tie the game at 78.
Richard Escoto sank the clutch putback off a missed Prince Orizu free throw to put FEU up by a bucket, 80-78, with 29 seconds left.
Adamson's Simon Camacho responded, however, with a putback off an Ahanmisi miss at the 1.5-second mark to send the game to overtime, 80-80.
“Nag-prepare lang kami ng sobra ng past week,” said FEU guard Hubert Cani. “Nagpapasalamat kami kasi sa amin binigay ang panalo, sa coaching staff, kay coach Olsen (Racela), sobrang ganda ng game plan namin kaya nanalo this game."
(We really prepared hard the past week. We’re thankful that we got the win. We’re thankful to the coaching staff, to coach Olsen, we had a very good game plan that’s why we won the game.)
Arvin Tolentino still wound up top scoring for the Tamaraws with 19 points before he got ejected – just when the Falcons were catching fire – for a clothesline on Sean Manganti with 3:43 remaining in regulation.
Ahanmisi paced the Falcons with 21 points, 12 from three-point range, and 6 rebounds, while Manganti collected 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists.
FEU 88 – Tolentino 19, Cani 14, Comboy 13, Ebona 9, Escoto 8, Gonzales 8, Parker 7, Orizu 6, Inigo 2, Tuffin 2, Stockton 0.
Adamson 85 – Ahanmisi 21, Manganti 20, Sarr 15, Camacho 10, Lastimosa 8, V. Magbuhos 4, Espeleta 3, Pingoy 2, Zaldivar 2, Bernardo 0, Catapusan 0, Colonia 0, Mojica 0.
Quarters: 16-19, 43-34, 67-52, 80-80 (reg.), 88-85 (OT).