The Far Eastern University Tamaraws swamped the Ateneo-B Blue Eagles, 61-45, and bagged a quarterfinal slot in the 18th Fr. Martin Summer Cup basketball tournament at the St. Placid gymnasium of San Beda College-Manila in Mendiola.
They quickly established a five-point advantage in the first two quarters, and had little trouble finishing the elimination round with their fifth win in seven matches in Group B of the tournament.
Russell Escoto fired 10 points and Arvie Bringas contributed eight points for the Tams, who joined early Group B qualifiers Letran and La Salle.
The Adamson Falcons, who had already clinched a quarterfinal seat in Group A alongside the Ateneo-A Blue Eagles, needed two overtime periods to fend off the University of the Philippines Maroons, 82-76.
Rodney Brondial hit four of eight points during an 8-3 wind-up in the second extension period to deliver the Falcons to their sixth straight victory, and one win closer to sweeping Group A.
Roider Cabrera and Eric Camson fired 17 points apiece for the Falcons, with Camson forcing the first overtime off a drive that tied the game at 73-all.
The Falcons can book the top quarterfinal slot in Group A if they hurdle Ateneo-A in their last elimination round match.
Meanwhile, Nate Matute scored 24 points to lead the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers as they whipped the STI Olympians, 81-70, and stayed in contention for the one of two remaining quarterfinal berths with their 4-3 win-loss card.
In the junior division, Vince Saquian made 12 points and Mark Anthony Framil had 10 for the San Beda-B Red Cubs, who won over Naga Montessori, 73-41.
John General tallied 16 points for the University of the Philippines Integrated School Junior Maroons, who nipped the Jesus is Lord Christian Foundation cagers, 73-67.