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FEU Tamaraws Survive Fighting Maroons' Onslaught
Thanks to star guard Terrence Romeo, the FEU Tamaraws performed another Houdini act with a score of 73-70, this time against the victory-hungry UP Fighting Maroons in an action-packed game in the UAAP Season 75.
Terrence Romeo gave a career-high of 24 points, including the last 5 points for FEU, as well as 9 rebounds and 8 assists. FEU improved their standings to 5-1 to tie with ADMU's. UP's standing fell to 0-5.
“Buti savior ko ‘tong si Terrence. Kaso hirap pa rin kami. Defense lang talaga. End-game namin masama pa rin.” noted FEU coach Bert Flores during the post-game press-conference.
The Tamaraws were leading for much of the game, until the tides changed during the 3rd quarter at one point cutting FEU's lead down to one point. Back-and-forth action quickly followed, with the Tamaraws starting the 4th Quarter with 8-2 and giving them a 15-point lead with 8 minutes remaining. The Fighting Maroons had a never-say-die attitude, unleashing an onslaught with a 16-3 rally. Controversy then erupted during this rally when no goaltending was called when UP's Diony Hipolito's layup got blocked by Karim Abdul after the ball clearly bounced off the backboard.
Down but not out, UP still made a last ditch effort to try and seal a win courtesy of a three-pointer by Alvin Padilla and Mac Belo's foul on Mark Lopez, who got a trip to the free throw line. Lopez was only able to sink one of his shots, squandering the chance to tie the game with 5 seconds remaining. Terrence Romeo then got fouled and got the chance to seal the win via free throws, an opportunity he fully took advantage of, sinking both of his shots and sealing the victory. FEU is set to take on ADMU on August 12.
FEU 73 – Romeo 24, Hargrove 10, Tolomia 7, Mendoza 6, Belo 6, Garcia 5, Bringas A. 5, Escoto 5, Cruz 3, Pogoy 2, Bringas M. 0.
UP 70 – Silungan 12, Soyud 11, Lopez 9, Ball 8, Padilla 8, Montecastro 8, Manuel 5, Hipolito 4, Gamboa 3, Mbah 2, Wierzba 0, Romero 0, Asilum 0.
Quarterscores: 22-15; 41-32; 60-51; 73-70
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hindi ko maintindihan yung video replay or review na yan.
sa last two minutes lang ba talaga pwede gamitin ang video review?
dami ko na napanood na nire-review nila ang mga videos anytime sa game basta nag-request yung coaching staff ng isang team.
AH! AH! AH! AH! AH!
^ ang rule ata, last 2 minutes lang ng bawat quarter, kaya nga kako, dapat baguhin ang rules, lalo na kung clear naman gaya nito, itama na dapat. di kailangang last 2 minutes.
may isang game nga Ateneo, not sure kung against UST pina review nila yung 3 pt shot kahit wala sa last 2 minutes.
God. Whoever is against discussion in a discussion board should eat soup with his bare hands.
The Games That Play Us: Missed Call
FEU TAMARAWS over UP FIGHTING MAROONS, 73-70
UP lost this game, yes, but, in a way, a very bitter way, it was also lost FOR them.
It’s easy to harp on the missed chances UP had in the endgame, and there will be time and space for that later, but one cannot go on writing about this game without mentioning the tragedy delivered by one missed call.
It’s perfectly normal for referees to miss some calls here and there (that, however, rarely makes it forgivable), and for one reason or another. Perhaps nobody had a good angle with which to see how the play transpired. Perhaps the refs were looking at off-the-ball situations instead of focusing on the actual shot. Perhaps, and this is probably the most dastardly of all possible excuses, because it was a non-superstar like Diony Hipolito cutting against a would-be superstar in Anthony Hargrove, the refs simply expected the shot to be blocked or gave Hargrove the oft-referenced superstar treatment.
Whatever the reason was, and no matter how justified it is or not, that single missed call shaped the game in a big way.
On the level of statistics, the most obvious direct effect is that it robbed UP of a well-deserved basket that could’ve cut the lead down, 70-68. Instead, the Maroons, most of them probably expecting the call to be made no matter how late, had to scramble on defense against the FEU juggernaut. Terrence Romeo then got fouled, and he split his freebies on the other end. The lead stood at 71-66. That, folks, is what you call a 3-point swing – what could’ve been a 2-point gap, a one-possession game, became a 5-point deficit, a two-possession game. Had the goaltend been called, and even if Romeo still hit a free throw, Alvin Padilla’s trey with under two minutes to go would’ve tied it at 71 instead of simply inching UP closer at 71-69. So you see, that one call really made a big difference.
All that, of course, is creative speculation. God knows what events would have transpired had the call been made. Maybe Coach Bert Flores would’ve sued for time and a different play would be devised. Maybe the Tamaraws would’ve been so aghast and frustrated that they’d rush their shot and miss altogether. Who knows, right?
I guess the point, if anything, is this – the league should think of a failsafe for these kinds of “misses” from the officials. As far as I know, the now omnipresent instant replays are used to review calls related to possession (out-of-bounds, jump balls and what not) and certain scoring situations (buzzer-beaters and validating a three-pointer), but I’m sure there’s a way to include other cases like goal-tending as well. Maybe a “challenge” can be made by a coach in similarly critical situations ala the NFL?
Yes, that might slow down the pace of a game, or take away its “natural flow,” or make it too technical, but in this day and age where we have the means to further secure the integrity of the officiating, I frankly don’t find any of those arguments compelling.
Having said all those things, however, the Maroons had several more chances to win. I actually felt the jump-ball situation late in the game that went UP’s way was the officials’ subtle way of making up for their earlier miscue. The fact of the matter is UP still had some golden opportunities to win, but, again, they just couldn’t close. I honestly felt Alvin Padilla’s drive to the hole in the last minute was too hurried, and that they could’ve definitely settled for a better shot. Mark Lopez’s split with five seconds left also sealed the Diliman quintet’s doom.
Also, in fairness to the Tamaraws, they played a great game. They led practically from start to finish, and there were never really any cracks until the last few minutes. Romeo was awesome once again, producing a near-triple-double line of 24 points (a career-high), 9 rebounds, and 8 assists. He made all but 2 of his attempts from beyond the arc. Whattaguy, huh?
Here’s some food for thought, though – if you’re a bit of a stat-buff, and if you’re familiar with the simple efficiency rating used in our Weekly Player Awards, analyzing the box scores will yield this mildly surprising result – UP was the more efficient team. They were, all in all, dare I say, the better team.
By my count, FEU scored an efficiency rating of 80, while UP scored 82. That’s a very slight difference, yes, but it’s still a difference. And even the slightest difference, the slightest edge, can decide the outcome of a game.
The slightest edge. The slightest difference. One missed call.
FEU 73 – Romeo 24, Hargrove 10, Tolomia 7, Mendoza 6, Belo 6, Garcia 5, Bringas A 5, Escoto 5, Cruz 3, Pogoy 2, Bringas M 0
UP 70 – Silungan 12, Soyud 11, Lopez 9, Ball 8, Padilla 8, Montecastro 8, Manuel 5, Hipolito 4, Gamboa 3, Mbah 2, Wierzba 0, Romero 0, Asilum 0
QS: 22-15, 41-32, 60-51, 73-70
Terrence Romeo (FEU) – 24pts, 9rebs, 8asts, 5 treys, 2stls
Anthony Hargrove (FEU) – 10pts, 9rebs, 4blks, 1ast
Raul Soyud (UP) – 11pts, 11rebs, 2stls, 1ast, 1blk
Sa tingin ko kung naitawag lang yung goal tend na yun panalo UP, kasi nasakanila momentum. Kahit pa mag overtime. Sayang talaga. Though its not feu's fault. Dapat umalma pa rin coaching staff sa refs.
itigil na ang ampalaya mode
binaha ang Luzon at lahat, tapos na ang laban nung Aug 5 pa, move-on na po tayong lahat
galingan na lang ng UP sa 2nd round
tapos ang usapan !!!!
Haha, nakalimutan ko na nga ito eh. Pero di talaga tumitigil itong isang to sa pagsabi na 'wag na pag-usapan. Katawa lang. Ang dami pang exclamation points ha. Gigil na ba? haha
Nung kasagutan ko at dinala yung usapan sa "below the belt". Kinabahan na ko, kaya Minabuti ko nang umiwas.
Haha, at wala akong sinabing pangalan ha. Feeling niya agad siya yun. Come on!