FEU points 85











It was a relief that FEU happened to face UP before the other tougher teams like UE, NU, and Ateneo. Collecting wins this early is really important since anyone’s fate in the next few games is still unpredictable.

FEU must have prepared well for this given the fact that they had the entire week to make it up for their last loss. And their efforts didn’t go to waste since the result was definitely favorable.

Team eFG% TOV%


60.5 21.6


43.8 12.6

The Tams’ offensive strategies worked well since they got most of their points on the shaded area, with the help of their bigs. Luckily, they were able to point out that driving through the lane or passing it to anyone who has a better position there will give them an easy basket, thus giving them a higher effective field goal percentage.

It’s no secret that FEU’s turnovers were big headache. Turning the ball over on around 21.6 percent of their possessions, they were just lucky that it didn’t took too much toll on them this time, but, they have to find a way how to manage it immediately. If UP’s guards were peskier, those miscues could’ve done much trouble.

Review of the Keys to the Game

Start it strong, end it strong

Qtr Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd 4th


28 17 25 15


21 17 8 25

FEU had a solid start in the first quarter behind Mike Tolomia’s ten points. Aside from that, they seemed calm and focused compared to their game against UST. Though the teams produced the same number of points in the second quarter, resulting to 45-38 score at the half, the Tams banked on their third quarter run to fully bury the Maroons. It would have been very disappointing if they had not done that early especially considering UP’s offense crawled back in the fourth quarter. Anyway, I will still give FEU a satisfactory rating for this game.


Clog the paint



43.3 77.3 63.5


22.7 56.7 36.5

The Morayta-based big men had the overall advantage in terms of boards. Since UP has a younger and a bit undersized lineup, FEU didn’t had much problems in boxing them out.

It was a team effort for the Tams in getting the boards as the guards also had a fair share of defensive rebounds, which UP unfortunately lacked.

Force awkward shots



35 62 56.5


27 72 37.5

UP’s shooting was good in the first half, with JR Gallarza contributing four triples, yet they only managed a single field goal in the third quarter off a Kyles Lao jumper. The Tams’ defense made life difficult for them not to mention FEU’s great offensive output, one that gave them a huge lead (as high as 25). It was quite visible that the Maroons struggled in the second half especially when they were not able to score from the post and their outside shots were not clicking. UP was able to outscore FEU (in terms of point production) in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough to make it close. I worry about FEU’s late game problems. If UP happened to be like the other veteran squads, FEU relaxing in the final few minutes would have led to their lead evaporating.

Thoughts about the game

Like what I said earlier, I would give FEU a satisfactory rating due to the good outcome. They worked hard to correct their previous mistakes and did a very good job in executing them on the floor. Their team effort both on offense and defense were really noteworthy.

Featured image courtesy of KC Cruz, GMA News Online