FEU crashes UAAP Final Four party, eliminates De La Salle for no. 4 seed

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University continued its Final Four streak to a sixth straight season, eliminating De La Salle, 71-70, and securing the fourth place in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Arvin Tolentino salvaged the Tamaraws’ season with a clutch three-pointer from the top of the key that gave them their final lead with 3.1 seconds to play.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Young PH footballers return from Milo FC Barcelona Camp Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. La Salle had one last chance to steal the win but could not get a decent shot off.FEU has endured one of the more horrible stretches of any team this season, suffering a four-game skid in the middle of their campaign and falling to as low as sixth after competing in the top three.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut the Tamaraws managed to regroup just in the nick of time, bouncing back with four straight wins including the playoff.Forward Arvin Tolentino personified that clutch fighting spirit for the Tamaraws when he capped off a 7-2 game-closing run with a roaring triple, and essentially the game-winner, with 3.1 seconds left. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The Green Archers still held a 70-66 lead with 1:03 left after Aljun Melecio’s tough layup and it almost seemed that all hope was lost for the Tamaraws at that point.Kenneth Tuffin cut the deficit to two, 70-68, with 35 seconds left in the game with a long two-pointer that was reviewed during the Green Archers’ timeout after Tolentino’s clutch three-pointer.La Salle had a last chance for the win but Santi Santillan could not convert on his layup attempt as the Tamaraws swarmed the basket in a last-gasp defensive effort.FEU will face top seed Ateneo, which has a twice-to-beat advantage as the no. 1 seed.Coincidentally, this is the third straight year that the Tamaraws and the Blue Eagles will go up against each other in the semifinals with Ateneo taking a 2-1 advantage in those series. MOST READ FEU holds on!!! FEU beats La Salle 71-70 and will go to the semis as the fourth seed. #UAAPSeason81 | @BLozadaINQ pic.twitter.com/cTvCLy6oQy— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) November 21, 2018“I love how this team battled through adversity the whole year,” said FEU head coach Olsen Racela. “They never gave up even when we had that four-game losing streak and they are the ones who are giving me the confidence.”“It’s just fitting that we made the Final Four this way… I just love how these guys responded.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img

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