The Baby Tamaraws outlasted the Baby Falcons in an intense Game 2 that went down the wire.
Despite missed free throws in the clutch, the Far Eastern University-Diliman Baby Tamaraws held on to a 77-76 Game 2 victory over the Adamson University Baby Falcons to sweep the series and bring home the UAAP boys’ basketball championship on Friday.
Adamson had a chance to take the lead in the final minute, but Justine Garcia’s bank shot that could have given them a 78-77 lead was waived off upon review. The officials ruled that the shot was released after the shot clock expired.
The Baby Tamaraws, however, kept the door open for the Baby Falcons as they missed four straight free throws from that point. Adamson, though, was unable to capitalize, allowing FEU to end their six-year title drought.
Kirby Mongcopa was named Finals MVP of the series after averaging a monstrous 14.5 points, 16.5 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks. Janrey Pasaol, meanwhile, remained as a catalyst for FEU in Game 2, tallying 21 markers and dishing 8 dimes in the title-clinching win.