Wednesday, December 2, 2015
FEU beats UST, wins first UAAP title in 10 years (VIDEO)
The long wait is over. The FEU Tamaraws avoided blowing a 1-0 finals lead for a second straight year by beating the UST Growling Tigers, 67-62, in Game 3 of the 2015 UAAP Finals to win their first senior’s basketball title in 10 years on Wednesday, December 2, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Tamaraws evaded another year of heartbreak, as they finally attained the UAAP title that eluded them in their past 3 finals appearances in 2010, 2011, and 2014.
Mac Belo, who scored 23 points and 8 rebounds for FEU in the victory, was named Finals MVP with averages of 17.3 points and 10.7 rebounds. Belo had to be carried off the court in the final moments of the game after suffering his second bout of cramps.
Winning their 20th ring in UAAP history, FEU capped off a tremendous season that included an 11-3 showing in the elimination round, which also had a 9-game winning streak in between.
While FEU managed to get the proverbial monkey of its back, the opposite can be stated for UST, who for the third time in 4 years was eliminated in the championship series - each defeat experienced by graduating players Kevin Ferrer, Jan Sheriff, Ed Daquioag, and Karim Abdul.
On the other end, players Mike Tolomia, Belo, and Roger Pogoy will leave FEU leading the school to their first taste of UAAP glory since the days of Arwind Santos, Jeff Chan, Mark Isip, and company.