For the seventh straight year, the Far Eastern University Tamaraws are heading to the Final 4.
A fixture in the tournament semis since Season 76, the Morayta-based team has been a model of consistency despite being under the radar for most of the UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Although not as talked about as the UP-Ateneo “Battle of Katipunan” or as hyped as UST’s inspired run, the Olsen Racela-mentored team quietly made their mark and accumulated an 8-6 record after an easy 82-58 win over the University of the East Red Warriors on Sunday.
Wendell Comboy was brilliant from start to finish, pouring 17 points on a blistering 5-of-7 shooting from three-point territory.
Playing in his final year for the Green and Gold, the sweet-shooting marksman talked about what it feels like to never miss the Final 4 throughout his five eligible years.
“Masaya kasi five years ko sa college final four. Syempre last year ko na rin, ayaw ko na ma-out kami, ma-eliminate kami sa eliminations pa lang. Yung mga sleepless nights, sobrang worth it. Laking pasalamat ko sa teammates ko lalo na sa team captain namin kasi nandyan lagi to motivate. Tapos si Kenneth Tuffin talaga yung captain ball na nag-lead talaga as good example para samin. Pag tinignan ko lang siya, yung effort niya, parang…. kayang kaya mag Final Four,” he shared postgame.
Aside from Comboy’s proficient night, FEU also got a major boost from Ken Tuffin, who added nine markers, three rebounds, and three assists.
The lefty gunner added that they are pleased with reaching the Final Four, but the overachieving team will still be gunning for more come playoff time.
“I’m happy for the seniors. Sabi nga ni comboy, they haven’t missed the final four in their playing years here It was really for them. Our team is the embodiment of ‘Be Brave.’ We never gave up with what happened in the first round, we just stayed working and we stayed hungry. As coach said we’re here now and we’re not done,” he shared.