By Mikhail Franz Flores

NEW MAN ONBOARD. UP Coach Teodorico "Boyet" Fernandez III (Google Images/Flickr)

The Far Eastern University Tamaraws spoiled Teodorico “Boyet” Fernandez III’s debut as “acting’ coach of the University of the Philippines Maroons and notched their fourth straight win with a 94-70 victory over UP in their UAAP season 73 basketball match at Philsports Arena in Pasig City today.

Fernandez was named “acting” head coach of the Maroons after Aboy Castro left the Team for personal reasons. He joined UP early this season as coaching consultant. However, his “official” coach status is yet to be determined.

Coming off-the bench, Terrence Romeo scored 12 of his 21 points in the second half for the Tamaraws as they remained undefeated in the season.

“When UP’s defense started to collapse, I started pouring in baskets,” Romeo said after the match.

FEU led throughout the match as they played solid offense with a 53.8 field goal percentage or converting one in every two attempts made. UP, on the other hand, suffered heavily on offense and posted a dismal 4 of 18 from beyond the arc.

No sustainability

“The problem with the team is that most of us are shooters. We really-need to avoid our trigger-happy tendencies,” veteran Maroon Martin Reyes said.

The Tamaraws sizzled early in the match as Aldrech Ramos sank in all his baskets as sharp-shooter RR Garcia fired two triples to finish the first half with a comfortable 50-33 lead over the Maroons.

UP Fighting Maroons captain Woody Co grimaces in pain due to a muscle tear halfway through the second quarter in their game against FEU Tamaraws. Whether he will be playing for UP next week is still unknown. (Christine Anne Penalosa)

After a fired-up first half, Reyes scored a floater and fired back to back triples as they cut FEU’s lead to 8 but Romeo averted UP’s momentum by pouring in two three-pointers at the end of the third period.

“The team’s main problem is sustaining a scoring run. Once the other team stops our scoring run, we lose our play,” Fernandez said on failing to sustain their momentum in the third quarter.

“We need to do some character-building in preparation for our next game,” he added.

Meanwhile, UP team captain Woody Co suffered a muscle tear after a fall early in the second quarter. A check-up will be done tomorrow to diagnose the cause. However, Co quickly dispelled that his injury is not season-ending.

“I may be out for a week,” he said.

The UP Fighting Maroons will be going up against the UE Red Warriors Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum.

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