Game Notes:

  1. Terrence Romeo was spectacular in the game. He finished with a career-high 32 points. He came up big when FEU really needed a win against a very potent and dangerous Adamson team. He was average shooting the three ball, ending up shooting 3 of 11 or 27.3 percent. But was unbelievable with the 2 point shots, where he made 10 out of 13 attempts or 76.9 percent from the 2 point area. What was more impressive is that a lot of those 13 shots were jumpers and fadeaways. What a game for Terrence Romeo.
  2. Tolomia was seen hobbling around 4:04 in the first quarter and seemed to have jammed some part of his right leg. This is probably why Tolomia pretty much struggled the whole game. I’m not actually worried about the production because I’m sure he’ll bounce back. I am a little worried though about Tolomia’s right leg and whether he can play fully healthy when the Final Four comes. FEU’s last game of eliminations is on Wednesday, so they have around 2 to 3 weeks of time to recover.
  3. Credit the Adamson Soaring Falcons for fighting throughout the whole game. Cruz was the spark in the first half where he initiated several plays to get the Falcons the lead. Also, I didn’t realize Trollano finished with 25 points on an efficient 11 of 19 shooting. Trollano was everywhere, fastbreaks, under the basket getting putbacks and shooting the long ball. I’m also kind of puzzled as to why Sewa only had 3 shot attempts for Adamson. He had a huge height/size advantage against the FEU’s bigs and could’ve muscled his way in the paint. Maybe Sewa’s rawness in the post contributed to his few touches.
  4. One of the best moments in the game came in the dying seconds of the fourth quarter when Joel Lee Yu scored a layup. You could tell the rookies really wanted to score because when the inbound pass was thrown, they weren’t picking the ball up until it was close to the three point line. Lee Yu received a pass and scored a wide open layup. The FEU bench cheered like they won the championship and was happy for the first year guard. Maybe it was also all the pent up emotions and finally getting a win especially since the team has been going through a lot of hardships in the 2nd round. In the end, it was a great sign by the FEU team to support one of their own, a great showing of camaraderie.

Keys to the game

Roider Bang

Surprisingly, it wasn’t Cruz or Cabrera who was carrying the offensive load, it was Celedonio Trollano. Trollano was a beast in the game and finished with 25 points. The outburst from Celedonio was probably because the FEU defense was focused on stopping other players like Sewa, Cruz and Cabrera. In any case, FEU did a good job limiting the effectivity of Cruz (who shot only 6 of 17 from the field) and Cabrera (who shot only 1 of 5 and finished with 3 points). Huge check mark for staying on Cabrera and forcing him to tough shots while also limiting his touches.

Mendoza and Belo defend Brondial. (Photo Credit: KC Cruz, GMA News)

Mendoza and Belo defend Brondial. (Photo Credit: KC Cruz, GMA News)

Rebounds

The FEU team did a wonderful job rebounding the ball. They won the rebounding battle 40-34. It was a great effort especially since they didn’t have their starting center, Anthony Hargrove. FEU was team rebounding and crowding the middle everytime a shot went up. Great job by FEU.

Force Turnovers

FEU did their job and forced 19 turnovers on Adamson who were averaging 17.9 turnovers before the ball game (worst in league). Although the Tamaraws had 18 turnovers of their own, they were able to capitalized scoring 20 turnover points compared to ADU’s 11 TO pts.

Romeo’s footwork

Romeo had a couple of spectacular moves in the ball game that I can’t help but to highlight. In the first clip, he does a fake and pivot shot that players like Kobe Bryant love to do a lot. In the second clip, he fakes twice and then executes a fadeaway. Notice that even though Romeo has a lot of flashy moves, he also maintains good balance and footwork to be able to pull off the shots.

The Quotient System and the Final Four

(Here’s a link to Final Four rules and here’s a link to computing quotients)

Sorry La Salle, but life would’ve been much easier if La Salle had lost vs. NU (but La Salle deserved to win). It would’ve been also good for FEU fans since a La Salle loss and  a win vs. UP would’ve secured them the twice-to-beat advantage.

Since La Salle won vs. NU, here’s the situation: FEU, La Salle and NU are tied at 9-4. ADMU and UST are at 7-5.

After elimination scenarios for FEU

If triple tie at 1st (either at 10-4 or 9-5 record):feu quotient

  1. NU
  2. La Salle
  3. FEU

The NU Bulldogs will automatically get first place. Then, the De La Salle Green Archers and the FEU Tamaraws will play an extra game to determine the twice-to-beat advantage. Basically it becomes a virtual best of 3 series.

If NU and FEU are tied at 1st (10-4):

  1. FEU
  2. NU

FEU will automatically get first place and twice-to-beat advantage.

If La Salle and FEU are tied at 1st (10-4):

  1. La Salle
  2. FEU

FEU will be at 2nd place with twice-to-beat advantage.

How does FEU get twice-to-beat advantage? How do they get first place?

First, FEU has to beat UP. If they don’t beat UP, the twice-to-beat advantage along with the first place will most likely be gone. To get twice to beat, FEU needs a win against UP, and either a DLSU or NU loss (or both) in their respective final games. To get to first, FEU needs to win against UP, and DLSU has to lose vs. UST.

Looking Forward

The most important thing right now is to win against UP. Then, FEU has to get healthy before the Final Four. The coaching staff probably doesn’t really mind who they face in the Final Four but I think La Salle is the worst possible matchup for the Tamaraws. But whoever they face in the Final Four, they have to be ready. The Tams are also going to be a tough opponent for any team but they have to stay focused and execute. Oh yeah, congratulations to the FEU Tamaraws for making the Final Four!