To FEU, Ateneo will always be a heartbreaker. After a good two-game winning streak, the Tams have to deal another loss in the claws of the Blue Eagles. Stumbling t0 a 3-2 win-loss record, the green and gold cagers need to regroup and work had to get through this first round.




Mac Belo


Mike Tolomia


Anthony Hargrove


ADMU points


Kiefer Ravena


Chris Newsome


Nico Elorde


Von Pessumal


Chris Newsome‘s triple before the end of the third quarter changed the complexion of the game. Ateneo got their scoring going in the second half, building the lead to as big as nine late in the fourth. Kiefer Ravena was instrumental to that Ateneo run as he scored seven straight points to put Ateneo up by nine with just under a minute left in the game.

The Morayta-based squad fought back and chopped down the lead little by little. Francis Tamsi eventually was able to cut the lead to three and make it a one possession game by draining a triple with about 30 seconds left in the game. Thanks to a Chris Newsome free throw miss miss and a quick layup from Mike Tolomia, FEU was able to cut the lead to as small as two. However, clutch free throws from both Nico Elorde and Kiefer Ravena sealed the game for the Eagles.

Final Score: 78-81.

Review of the Keys to the Game

Lessen TOs

Team Turnovers TOV% Pts off TOs


13 14.9 13


12 14.2 11

FEU’s turnovers were kept to just 13 during the entire game and it was good that the ball handlers weren’t sucked in by the pressure that Ateneo was applying. Aside from their few turnovers, the Tamaraws were able to convert 13 points off Ateneo’s turnovers, with eight of these coming from fastbreaks. That’s hitting two birds with one stone.

Pressure defense

In the first two quarters, FEU’s defense was excellent. However, it slowly got worse as the game progressed.Ateneo was eventually able to execute their gameplan well. This opened up players on the wing, allowing Ateneo players to shoot uncontested 3-point shots. This was troublesome considering they were leaving guys like Newsome (3 of 6 from behind the arc coming into the game), Pessumal (6 of 18) and Tolentino (9 of 26). Newsome and Pessumal had a good shooting game (2 of 2 and 2 of 4 from deep, respectively).

Team play

Team Starter pts Bench pts


43 35


57 24

The Tamaraws’ bench produced the same way it did against the Warriors. Mac Belo lead the pack, scoring 22 efficient points. Despite everyone else scoring in single digits after Belo, they were still able to contribute on the defensive side.

Thoughts about the game

FEU’s last minute spurt was commendable even if they went on to lose the game. The game itself was fantastic as the players’ efforts were clearly seen during the entire game. It was just sad that only one team has to be declared as a winner, but both FEU and Ateneo undeniably won the hearts of their supporters.

 Featured image by Jocas D. Lozada, FEU Advocate