MANILA, Philippines – Far Eastern University (FEU)-Diliman secured a playoff berth in the UAAP Season 82 boys' basketball tournament, following a 70-46 demolition of University of the East (UE) on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
After settling for an 11-9 lead after the opening frame, the Baby Tamaraws limited UE to just four points in the second period to break the game open and take a 26-13 lead at the break.
Patrick Sleat's bucket with 1:36 to go gave FEU-Diliman its biggest lead, 64-39.
"Maganda 'yung defense namin kanina. Kailangan lang namin maging consistent lalo na't malapit na nga ang playoffs kaya dapat consistent na kami on both ends of the court," said Baby Tamaraws coach Allan Albano after his squad improved to 9-1.
Sleat finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds to lead FEU-Diliman's balanced offense. Aeron Bagunu and Royce Mantua finished with nine markers each, while Chiolo Anonuevo also chipped in nine points, five rebounds, five assists, and five steals.
Cyrus Austria was the lone bright spot for the Junior Warriors (3-7) with 21 points and 12 boards.
Meanwhile, National University racked up a 10th consecutive victory with a 100-76 triumph over De La Salle-Zobel.
The Bullpups have now clinched a playoff for a twice-to-beat advantage, while extending their winning streak to 21 games dating back to last season.
Kevin Quimbao spearheaded the Bullpups with 21 points, 15 rebounds, three dimes, two blocks, and an assist while Terrence Fortea chalked up 20 markers. Ernest Felicida contributed 15 points, five dimes, and four boards while Reyland Torres got 12 markers and 10 rebounds.
Jon Cudiamat paced La Salle (3-7) with 24 points, while Kean Baclaan was held to eight markers on a dismal 3-of-18 shooting.
University of Santo Tomas cruised to its fourth straight win after thwarting Adamson University, 88-80.
Bismarck Lina tallied 24 points and 10 rebounds while Jacob Cortez had 19 markers as the Tiger Cubs remained at solo third.
Adamson, who dropped to 4-6 and is on a four-game skid, was led by MVP leader Jake Figueroa with 18 points on a perfect 7-of-7 clip with 13 boards, four assists, and two steals.
Ateneo de Manila High School needed a huge third quarter rally to down winless University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS), 104-84.
Josh Lazaro tallied 26 points, 20 in the second half, 13 rebounds, three assists, and three steals while Joaquin Jaymalin and Lebron Lopez chipped in 15 and 13 points, respectively.
After scoring 21 in the first half, Ray Torres ended up with 26 points in 23 shots, but it was not enough to stop UPIS's slip to 0-10.
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