This year’s UAAP basketball wars has shown the Pinoy hoops fan that the Far Eastern Universities has one of the best and most well-balanced basketball program among schools all over the country. All FEU teams made it to the finals of their respective divisions. From Baby Tamaraws in high school basketball to the Lady Tamaraws in women’s collegiate hoops to the FEU Tamaraws in senior’s basketball, all 3 has a chance to give the school a rare sweep of all basketball jewels this season. All of the Tamaraw teams had to play twice in their Final 4 match-ups but nevertheless ended winning the do or die games.
The FEU Baby Tamaraws were the No.1 seed in the Junior’s Final 4. They were beaten by the 4-peat seeking Ateneo Blue Eaglets in their first Final 4 match. Luckily for them, they have a twice to beat incentive. In the second game, they rallied from a 22-29 halftime deficit to deny the Eaglets, 63-56. Joshua Aguilon was the top scorer in the clincher with 21 points and he was supported by MVP candidate Jerie Pingoy who scored 18. The Bay Tamaraws will face 3rd seed National University Bullpups in the finals. The Bullpups shut the door on the De la Salle-Zobel Junior Archers, with a heart-stopping 49-46 in their knockout game.
The Lady Tams were similarly the top seeds going to the Final 4. They got beaten by 4th seeded DLSU Lady Archers, 57-54, in their first match. In their second game, they never gave the De la Salle belles a chance as they won by a big margin 66-44. Raiza Palmera, Allana Lim, and Camile Sambile combined for 37 points and 19 rebounds to lead the FEU parade to the finals against 2-time defending champion Adamson University Lady Falcons.
The seniors team of the Tamaraws were only seeded third. They had to beat the Adamson University Soaring Falcons twice to earn a shot of revenge against 3-time defending champions Ateneo de Manila Univesity Blue Eagles. The team will be relying on Season 73 MVP RR Garcia, senior big man Aldrech Ramos, Season 73 Rookie of the year Terence Romeo, and Chris Tolomia in beating the Blue Eagle team that is bannered by the likes of Greg Slaughter, Kiefer Ravena, Nico Salva, Kirk Long, and Emman Monfort.
It will be exciting to see if how many basketball trophies will the Tamaraws pick up this year. Will they get all 3 titles? We will soon find out.
- UAAP Jrs.: Pingoy leads FEU to a No.1 Seeding (cebulive.wordpress.com)
- UAAP Final 4: Cebuano Cañada’s heroics not enough to prevent FEU win (cebulive.wordpress.com)
- UAAP Final 4: No.3 FEU slays No.2 Adamson (caloysports.wordpress.com)
- UAAP Jrs. Final 4: Bullpups, Blue Eaglets force do or die games (caloysports.wordpress.com)
- UAAP 74 Final 4: Top seeds met contrasting outcomes (caloysports.wordpress.com)