Currently ranked at the fourth spot with 3-2 win-loss card, FEU doesn’t want to be left behind now that the first round is already coming to an end. Driven to get a comfortable seat before embarking to a new round of much deadlier battles, FEU wants nothing less but notch its two remaining games.
That loss against Ateneo was still painful for the Tamaraws since they could have a chance to make a turnaround but their early penalty gave their opponents the chance to dance away the W. However, a week seems enough to already prepare for another tough bout, this time against National University who’s posing a big threat this season.
NU doesn’t looked shaken at the top spot now, besting Ateneo and La Salle in the top seat, as of press time. With what the Bulldogs has shown these past few weeks, it doesn’t seem like they have lost a two-time MVP in their lineup as some of them are taking turns in leading their pack.
With the amount of stakes in this game, there will surely be a lot of surprises that is in store between these two UBelt-based teams.
Keys to the Game
The guys that FEU and NU have something in common is that both these teams have capable big men who are good rebounders. It’s no surprise that their TREB% are high, as of the moment. But these numbers won’t matter anymore when the buzzer signals the start of the game as those players will only set their eyes on the ball and won’t even care to bang bodies against each other.
It’s already expected that Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia will be the main guys given their stellar performances for the Tamaraws. Though in a losing effort againts the Eagles last week, Belo was evidently unstopable by dropping 22 points. He seemed to be everywhere on the court: it may be passing a ball to a teammate or rebounding the ball he just missed. Tolomia also didn’t fail to contribute to the team in the best way he can. So far, the duo has been combining an average of 35.4 points out of FEU’s average of 77 points in five games.
I’ll go with FEU as the victor this Saturday. The Tams won’t let the chance to upset the Bulldogs slip away from their hands especially that games this weekend are very crucial in terms of standings. If the results of the other games go with FEU’s favor, then the green and gold cagers could have a shot for either #1 or 2 seat.
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