REIGNING UAAP champion National University and Far Eastern University outplayed their rivals from the NCAA and advanced to the semis of the 8th PSSBC-Freego Cup Tuesday at the SGS Stadium in Quezon City.
Also the defending champion of the event dubbed as Tournament of Champions, the Bullpups needed a whirlwind of a finish to beat NCAA runner-up Lyceum 108-82 while the Baby Tamaraws defeated the La Salle Greenies 82-75.
From a 77-69 lead, the Bullpups, bannered by Steve Enriquez, Carl Tamayo, Harold Alarcon and Kevin Quiambao, came through with a decisive run to finally take the fight out of the Junior Pirates and stay on course for a projected title clash with NCAA champion San Beda University.
In another show of balanced firepower, six NU players tallied double figures, with Enriquez and Alarcon finishing with 16 points to emerge as co-best players.
Nathaniel Tulabut, Quimbao, Abadiano and Tamayo combined for 51 points.
The Red Cubs also rode on an explosive fourth quarter performance to dispatch the Adamson Baby Falcons 97-75 in the event sponsored by Poly-Gloss, IronCon Builders, Macbeth Underwear, Happy Toothpaste, Jumbo Plastic Linoleum, MEC Networks and Blackwater Sports.
In the semis, the Bullpups will face the Ateneo Eaglets, who carved out an 86-73 win over the Adamson Baby Falcons in the tournament which also has the backing of Molten, Gerry’s Grill, Cherrylume, Sumo GI Sheet and Choi Garden.
Francis Lopez and Forthsky Padrigao scored 15 and 13 points, respectively, for the Eaglets who banked on a decisive third quarter attack to prevail.
The Red Cubs were paced by Yukien Andrada, who scattered 19 points while Rhayyan Amsali and Justine Sanchez wound up with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
League chairman Eduard Tio of Freego said the champion team will receive P50,000.
FEU and Ateneo are still searching for their first title in the tourney.