After blowing a huge lead, the FEU Tamaraws regroup in overtime to deal the Adamson Falcons their first loss in 6 games
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.
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.