View from the Enemy: FEU Tamaraws
The National University Bulldogs are going to be facing another challenge on Wednesday, the strong contending FEU Tamaraws. The Bulldogs have to bring their A game if they want to get this W.
The boys in Gold and Blue who are currently in second place (3-1), tied with the UST Growling Tigers, have a full plate battling the top seed. Virtually, this is the same FEU team that they defeated thrice (including the rematch) last season. Even though much of their core is the same, they look much more matured considering they’re 4-0 in the standings. It’s definitely going to be a harder match-up for them. If you’re from NU, you should be praying intensely that history wouldn’t repeat itself this season.
Keys to the Game
No R & R for RR and R
Both these FEU guards were explosive in their last outings. Terrence Romeo wounded DLSU Green Archers with 25 points while RR Garcia had 19. It’s up to Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and Gelo Alolino to try to limit them. If they can hold down the team’s field goal percentage just below 40%, the NU Bulldogs will keep them on their toes and might even win it.
Get it back
The Bulldogs have been lacking in offensive rebounds in the past few games they’ve played. Out of the 42 rebounds they had against the UE Red Warriors, they only had 15 offensive rebounds while UE had 22. Needless to say, they lost that game. NU should hustle for boards and loose balls, as well. Offensive rebounds translate into instant points, also an indicator of good boxing out.
Parks’ point production in their last game came mostly from free throws. He shot only two out of eight from the field. His teammate, Emmanuel Mbe, attempted eight times, swishing only five from the field. Dennice Villamor who was all red-hot during the summer leagues did not contribute much this game. He only tried to shoot from the three-point line twice, making none of those. If the Bulldogs are looking for another win, they must concentrate not only on the defensive end but also on the offensive.
There’s history in this match-up and I’m not looking to go back and reminisce it in this game. If you’re an NU Bulldogs fan, you wouldn’t as well. The Bulldogs need to prove that they don’t need rematches to prove they can outlast the Tamaraws. Once or twice is just enough. They’ll be having a difficult time with Garcia’s and Romeo’s shooting, but knowing them, they could deprive them a little rest and relaxation and tie them up on top of the standings.