The Far Eastern University Tamaraws are moving on to the finals of the UAAP season 73 men’s basketball tournament.
It was a close game for most of the contest. Back and forth all the way. One team goes up by 10, the other goes on a run and ties it up, then take their own 10-point lead. What cost the De La Salle University Green Archers this game was their inconsistency from the free throw line. Rarely did I see them convert 2-of-2 free throws. They made either a split or none at all. It was so bad one of their players actually AIRBALLED on a free throw.
I just don’t get that. It’s supposed to be free. FREE.
Later on in the game, in the last 1:05 of the overtime session, the Green Archers already started jacking up three-pointers. The score by that time was only 64-59. Quick 2s could’ve brought them closer much faster. After a basket, foul, and go for another basket. They lacked execution in the final minutes of the game.
But really, the main catalyst for the loss was the plethora of missed free throws. FEU, yes they played well on offense and defense, but that has been them for the whole season. La Salle is not a team that shoots THAT bad from the foul line. But today, that side of the Archers stayed home. As a result, clunked free throws left and right. Ultimately, that cost them the game.
Props to Sanga and Terrence Romeo of the Tams for their stellar play during crunch time, most especially Romeo.